This topic will explain the basics of how to copy and paste objects. It will also discuss how to use the Edit Selected Objects tool for more advanced copying. The Edit Selected tool makes it possible to copy properties from one object to several other objects at the same time.
Additionally, this topic will discuss how to create custom object libraries. Custom object libraries are useful if you have customized the properties of a particular object and you'd like to be able to easily add copies of this custom object directly from the Library.
Basic Copying and Editing
The simplest way to copy and edit an object is to click it, press Ctrl+C to copy that object to the clipboard, then press Ctrl+V to paste that object in the model.
As an alternative to using these keyboard shortcuts:
- Right-click the object to open a menu. From the menu, point to Edit, then select Copy to copy that object to the clipboard.
- To paste the object, right-click a blank area in the model to open a menu. From the menu, point to Edit, then select Paste.
Setting Properties on Multiple Objects
Using the Properties Pane
You can use the Properties Pane to change the properties of all selected objects at the same time:
- Press Shift+click the objects onto which you want to copy the properties. A red box will appear around them to indicate they are selected. See Selecting 3D Objects for more tips on selecting multiple objects.
- Click one of the selected objects to highlight it.
- In the Properties pane, edit the property you want to change. When you are finished editing the property, the property will update to be the same for all the selected objects.
Using Property Tables
While the Properties pane enables simple editing of multiple objects simultaneously, property tables can be much more powerful because they let you both see and compare the property values of multiple objects, as well as change those properties, in an Excel-like table interface that is intuitive and easy to use. See Property Tables for more information.
Setting Properties through code
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Creating Custom Object Libraries
Consider using a custom object library if you have customized the properties of a particular object and you'd like to be able to easily add copies of this custom object directly from the Library. See Creating Custom Object Libraries for more information.