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Oh No, I Can’t Double-Click Edit!

October 13, 2013

Over the past few weeks I have been working in Civil 3D on a large design using the sheet set manager to populate data on the sheets and in the table. If you are not using the sheet set manager in AutoCAD or Civil 3D please give it a try, you might be surprised at how efficient you will become. When I went to edit the table (shown below in Figure 1 ) I could not double-click to edit the field or change the text.  What happened?

Figure 1:  Double-click text editing


Somehow my PICKFIRST variable changed. The PICKFIRST variable allows you to select objects, then start a command and apply to those objects. If PICKFIRST is off (set to 0), you have to start the command first then pick the object. Setting PICKFIRST to 1 or enabling it gets you back to the behavior where you can select the object then launch the command (double-click).  Below is a snapshot from AutoCAD help.

Figure 2: AutoCAD help


How do we change this?  You can simply type PICKFIRST at the command prompt and change the value on that line as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Command Line Entry


You can also bring up the options dialog box. There are several ways to accomplish this. You can type options at the command prompt or simply right click in the command area to name two. Navigate to the section modes section and check the Noun/verb selection as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4: Options Dialog Box


Now when you double-click on objects that have specific editing tools you will be able to perform the functions necessary to complete the task.

From → CAD Tips

  1. Pat permalink

    Thank you soooo much! How my PICKFIRST setting ever got changed is another mystery in it’s self. Changing it to “1” worked! Along with fixing other issues! Thank you again, for lowering my blood pressure lol

  2. Nadeeka permalink

    thnk you so much David…..(Y) Excellent tip & hlp.

  3. Thank you David. Excellent tip.

  4. David Presley permalink

    This just happened here to another tech. He’d just added a 3rd monitor and we found this from Autodesk:

  5. mai permalink

    Thanks it helps a lot to me…I suffer 1 week

  6. manu permalink

    thnk you so much…..(y)

  7. Tinto Antony permalink


  8. THANKS A LOT! you’ve saved my life! *literally*

  9. chhaya permalink

    Its working…thank you.. 🙂

  10. In my case when I double click it change FONT to default and somehow I didn’t have that font loaded, you can check this if you change text to mtext (TXT2MTXT), there’s a “preview”, on the ribbon, that it won’t show, because you are missing that font, the way you can fix it is going to options (OP), add the path where your fonts are store, this is on the tab “files”, and “Support File Search Path”, press “Add” button, and press button “Browse” to add that path, or simply change the font on that specific “Font style” type the command “Style” and change it, hope it helps….

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  12. thank goodness for the internet (and you). that was the ticket. How variables one has never heard of get changed, I’ll never know!

  13. jane permalink

    A big THANK YOU! I don’t know how I disabled this, but I’m so thankful that you had the answer!

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