Win32 and 64, English

DotSoft LLC
Provides additional group functionality not available in built-in CAD commands. There is a dialog version as well as a command-line version.

General Usage Instructions

Create New: Used to create a new group record. The initial name will be that of a newly created anonymous group. The name is highlighted and selected so you can begin typing in a new name. After creating a new group you can optionally change the description and selected fields.

Select All: Selects all rows in the grid for deleting, etc.

Clear All: Clears (De-Selects) all rows in the grid for deleting, etc.

Delete Rows: Deletes previously selected groups (rows).  You can select multiple groups for deletion by CTRL+clicking the row header area to the left of the rows.

Add Objects: Temporarily dismisses the dialog and prompts to select objects. Select the desired row before initiating this tool. After object selection the dialog returns and the item count for the group is updated.

Remove Objects: Works similar to add method above, except it's used to remove objects from the selected group (row).

Mark Begin: This option allows you to mark your place in the drawing. Later when you choose the create function, all objects added to the layout since the mark are automatically added to the group as it's created. So simply place the mark, add your objects, then add the group. Note that objects added to other layouts are not counted and you must be in the same space marked when creating the group. In other words begin in model space, add objects, switch if desired, but return to model space to create the group. Only one mark can be active at a time.

Order Panel: In nearly all cases you will leave this turned off (it's turned on in the example above). See the section below on object ordering.

Include UnNamed: This toggle is turned on by default and controls whether anonymous groups are displayed in the grid.

Find Groups: Finds (and selects the rows) of the groups a selected object belongs to.

Zoom Group: Zooms to the extents of the objects contained in the selected group.

Highlight: Highlights the objects contained in the selected group(s).

Select: Selects (and grips) the objects contained in the current group.

Backup: Saves group information into objects as EED (Extended Entity Data). This data survives copyclip/pasteclip and wblock/insert operations. Used in conjunction with the Restore function (below) you can carry group information with objects.

Restore: Restores group information from objects (that were backed up using the tool above). You will be prompted whether to remove the backup information during restore process.

Copy: Copies the contents of the grid to the clipboard, ready to paste into a spreadsheet or other windows application.

Variable: Controls the status of the PICKSTYLE variable, which determines whether groups are on/off.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Displays the GroupManager dialog.


Displays the GroupManager command line


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Additional Information

This is one of hundreds of tools in DotSoft's ToolPac product.

Known Issues


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Version History

Version Number Version Description

Added 2024 support


Initial release
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