Std ShowSelection

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Std ShowSelection

Menu location
View → Visibility → Show selection
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
Std ToggleVisibility, Std HideSelection, Std ToggleObjects, Std ShowObjects, Std HideObjects


The Std ShowSelection command shows selected objects in 3D views.


  1. Select one or more objects.
    • Invisible objects can be selected in the Tree view.
    • Be careful when you use Ctrl+A to select all objects in the Tree view. This will also selects sub-elements of PartDesign bodies and objects used for Part Booleans. In most cases these should stay invisible.
    • Objects used for Part Booleans are also selected when you use Ctrl+A in a 3D view.
  2. There are several ways to invoke the command:
    • Select the View → Visibility → Show selection option from the menu.
    • Select the Show selection option from the Tree view context menu. This option is not available in the PartDesign Workbench.


  • Invisible objects are displayed with a greyed out label and a greyed out icon in the Tree view.
  • Objects nested in a Std Part, or a Std Link to a Std Group, or a LinkGroup, and features of a PartDesign Body will only be visible in 3D views if their parent is visible as well. This means that a feature in a PartDesign Body that is nested in a Std Part will only be visible in 3D views if the feature itself, the PartDesign Body, and the Std Part are all visible. And if the Std Part is in turn nested in another Std Part, then that last object must also be visible.
  • If the visibility of a Std Group (or an object derived from it such as an Arch BuildingPart) is changed, the visibility of its nested objects will change accordingly. But their visibility can be changed independently as well.
  • The action of this command cannot be undone with Std Undo.
  • The visibility of an object can also be changed through its related DataVisibility property in the Property editor or the Combo view.


See also: FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

For a scripting example see Std ToggleVisibility.