Is it possible to have objects when selected not have the highlighting that signifies an object is selected?

sounds great,
Is there maybe a .py version of this script…? [for the Mac’is]

with thanks

Looks like @clement came up with a slightly different way to handle this, and in python…so it should work on Mac:

thanks for the link Jarek.
and thanks you @clement for the .py script.

One [perhaps tricky] limitation, is that it works great on single surfaces, but not on Polysurfaces when running commands like InterpCrvOnSrf .
I suppose a way around is to extract the relevant surface…?

with thanks

Hi @Akash, yes. _InterpCrvOnSrf allows to select a subsurface of a polysurface. The script works on objects, it does not know about subobjects.


Thank you so much for all the replies and that scrip Jarek! it does the job.

Here is a small plugin that can help you turn selection highlighting on or off:

HighlightToggle.rhp (40.5 KB) (Rhinocommon 6.0.18016.23451)
Source: (4.6 MB)

Thanks, nice hack

Anything new about this issue on v7 rhino ?)

Hi Mikele -
If you are looking to completely turning off any highlighting on selected objects, you’ll have to use the plug-in or scripts that have been provided in this thread.
In Rhino 8, we are working on silhouette highlighting of selected objects.


This would be especially useful when dealing with meshes or complex polysrfs.

This script is perfect. Is the attached command the the best way of using the script? _-LoadScript

I already posted a suggestion about that in another thread, but I will repeat it here, too:

There must be an icon or a tick-box to quickly toggle the selection highlight. Extremely useful while working with dense 3d mesh models and point cloud data. The toggle must be visible all the time and the user must be able to switch it with a single mouse click, so the best locations is ether in the the Status bar at the bottom (next to “Filter”), or on the left side of the “Select all” icon, or on the right side of the “Properties” icon located below the Command line.
It will be even better to be able to apply the highlight toggle to a certain type of geometry, such like meshes only, while the rest ones will still take advantage of the default highlight.

Hi, no - you should actually have a command available that can by typed with autocomplete or tied to a keyboard shortcut or an alias. Please follow instructions from here, just make sure you have the latest version of the script:

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installed script (unblocked after download)
Also, Added a custom “Highlight Toggle” custom button too, fun to draw these :wink:

  1. download script
  2. unblock script in properties.
  3. install script (by dragging into rhino session)
    should work when typing command “highlight…”
  4. Right Click on tool bar, “Create new button”
  5. name it, Draw icon if you like. In command, put: !_HighlightToggle T=Yes
  6. All done, and you can drag/cntl copy it to any toolbar you like.


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You can make a button yourself, i just did for the first time, simple, works.
(see my post above this one)
and you can make a keyoard shortcut in options:
Just pick your shortcut keys you like

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I already have a custom button for more than a year now, but my suggestion is to make this a native Rhino toggle (that ships with the default Rhino) located somewhere at the Status bar on the bottom. Also, note that my other suggestion is to be able to toggle selection highlight only on certain object types, which is an extremely powerful way to select meshes without highlighted polygons (best way is to highlight the outline only) while NURBS geometry is highlighted normally.


Be able to highlight geometry types (only meshes, only NURBS, only curves etc).

Be able to set custom highlight option to a certain object (a command ! _SetObjectHighlightMode
similar to the existing ! _SetObjectDisplayMode would be welcome).

Be able to quickly change the highlight mode to all objects through a toggle in the Status bar.

Be able to choose whether highlighted geometry will fill the faces in a solid colour (current behaviour for SubD geometry) or will only affect the edges (current behaviour for NURBS geometry)

Be able to choose whether the selected objects with turned off highlight will appear as “not selected” (only the Gumball and bounding box will be indicative for that) or with a highlighted border (the way geometry in 3ds Max is being highlighted).

My custom button doesn’t load up with my saved template.
how do I fix that?

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From which version to which version?

It’s likely that you can’t.

Yay upgrades.

Created it in the same version I’m working in.
It doesn’t even show when I re-open the file.

Version 7 SR28
(7.28.23058.3001, 2023-02-27)

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I’m not sure then, it could have still become corrupted somehow or just hidden.

I would need more information, but I’m all too familiar with the bugs associated with trying to maintain custom toolbars.

I merely gave up doing that, and just rely mostly on default toolbars for many years now, after the V6 transition from V5.

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