AutoCAD Selection Method problem? (Select Command First then Objects)

Aaah, there are so many things that can go wrong with AutoCAD just because we are in a hurry and sometimes hit the wrong buttons…
In this example we will look at what makes our program behave unusually – you pick a line hit the Del button and nothing happens? , When you double click at Mtext nothing happens? AutoCAD wants you to type in the command first and then select objects?
For Civil 3d Users – When I right-click on an object there is no Civil 3D functionality?

Don’t worry it is probably due to another system variable “PICKFIRST” here is what Autodesk says about it:

Controls whether you can select objects before you start a command.

Saved in:Registry
Initial value:1


Off. You can select objects only after you start a command


On. You can also select objects before you start a command

So if you want to “Repair” your AutoCAD just type Pickfirst and hit 1. Now everything should work normally.pickfirst-2017

In AutoCAD 2017 tough if pickfirst is turned off (value 0) if you try to use a command like erase, AutoCAD will automatically ask you if you want to turn Pickfirst on which is great! It will save lots and lots of worries.

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