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2.4.3 - Erase Objects

You can erase selected objects from the drawing. This method does not move objects to the Clipboard, from where you can paste them to another location.
Instead of selecting objects to erase, you can enter an option, such as:
L to erase the last object drawn,
p to erase the previous selection set, or
ALL to erase all objects. You can also enter ”?” to get a list of all options.

Erase objects

  • On Ribbon ► Click Home tab ►Modify panel ► click icon Erase (Fig.2.4.3.1).
    AutoCAD displays at the command line the prompt Erase Select objects: and if the ‘dynamic input’ on the status bar is enabled, it shows it in the Dynamic Input tooltip.
    Use a selection method to select the objects to erase:
    • Select one or more individual objects by clicking each one.
    AutoCAD adds each object to the selection set. All the objects you select remain highlighted, and AutoCAD continues to display the prompt ‘Select objects.’
    • Specify a window selection box that completely encloses several objects.
    Move the crosshair to a point down-left of the objects, click and release the mouse button, move the crosshair right above the objects, and click again. All objects that are entirely within the box are selected (Fig.2.4.3.2).

image119 h20221 2431 p22Fig.2.4.3.1 – Ribbon – Modify panel - Erase

  • Specify a crossing selection box that completely encloses a few objects and cuts through several others.
    Move the crosshairs to point (1) upward and right of the objects, click and release the mouse button, move the crosshairs down left of the objects to point (2), and click and rerelease the mouse button (Fig.2.4.3.2).

image121 h20221 2432 p22Fig.2.4.3.2 – Erase objects

All objects that are entirely within crossing through or touching the box are selected. AutoCAD continues to display the ‘Select objects prompt’ (Fig.2.4.3.2).
After selecting using one of the methods:
• Press Enter to end object selection. The selected objects have been erased.
The Erase command isn’t the only way to remove unwanted objects from the drawing. The easiest method in any workspace is to simply select an item and press the Delete key on the keyboard.

To restore erased objects

  • At the Command prompt, enter oops.
    The last object created by ERASE is restored, even if you’ve run other commands after Erase.

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