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How to Store Find & Select Criteria

Farah Bazian
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni

Archicad’s Find & Select tool lets you easily select the exact elements you want to work with.

For general information on this feature, see Find and Select Elements by Criteria in ARCHICAD Help.

A less well-known feature of this Tool is the ability to store and recall search criteria. Consider the following example. From time to time while working on a project, you need to find and select all walls on a story that are using a specific fill type and are placed on a specific layer.


You can either set the Element Type, the Layer and the Fill fields in the Find & Select dialog box each time you need to select these elements, or you can do the following:

  • Go to the Find & Select dialog box. Edit > Find and Select
  • Specify the frequently used selection criteria (e.g. Fill, Layer, Building Material) and set their values.
  • Another way to set up these criteria is to select an element in your project that fulfills the required criteria, then click the Copy Settings button in the dialog box. The criteria fields will now be filled in with the values of the selected element.
  • Click the right-pointing arrow in the upper right corner of the dialog box, and select Store as....
  • Now specify a name for the saved Find & Select criteria. Use a descriptive name, of maximum 31 characters.
  • Click Store to store the Find & Select criterion.


NOTE: These criteria are saved with the project file. If you want to use your saved criteria set in another project, you can export it as an .xml file and can then import and use it in another project. To export a criteria set, you have to select it first among the available sets, then you have to use the Export option available after clicking on the arrow in the upper righ corner of the dialog box.


If you wish to later recall a saved criteria set for use, do the following:

  • Go to the Find & Select dialog box and select your Criteria Set under Your Criteria Sets.
  • Click the Plus button as usually to find & select the elements according to the criteria set.

When needed, use the Rename and Delete commands from the list and perform these operations.

Saving and Loading Find & Select criteria sets is possible in any Model View, including the Floor Plan, Section/Elevation Views or the 3D Window.

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‎2021-11-26 01:22 AM
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