Tool Tip of the Month: Find and Display All Hidden Objects

9 January, 2018

A very simple feature this month that can save a lot of time. If you’ve been handed a model made by someone else, or are about to hand your model over, it’s worth checking whether there are any hidden objects waiting to affect results and cause confusion. You can quickly establish and identify all hidden objects using the Find tool.

Make sure nothing is selected, to ensure you search the entire model. Then, open the Find tool from the ribbon (or use CTRL-F), select the name drop down menu, and change to Hidden.

If the search fails to find anything, then great, you have no hidden objects. If your search does return results, you can look in the bottom left hand corner for a count of how many.

You can then display all the hidden objects by expanding the Display Options in the Properties Sheet and unticking the Hidden box.

Pro-tip: To avoid this scenario, it’s good practice to avoid hiding objects, and instead use other options to make items less conspicuous, e.g. by choosing to render them as Transparent or Wireframe. Use the objects’ Display Options if you want your settings to persist, or the Layer Properties tool to make only temporary changes.

By: Alex Dorn, Engineering Manager EMEA

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