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Looking at replays, keeping the player camera mode, I see some players select all probes they have at their main while having their view elsewhere.

How can this be done?

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Link?........... –  tzenes Nov 7 '10 at 23:38
    
Was watching an sc2replay file (loaded the actual file in SC). It was Huk vs Ret (sc2rep.com/replays/show/id/2707) –  Wadih M. Nov 7 '10 at 23:39
    
The person I had my view on was Huk, and I was watching it at Normal speed. –  Wadih M. Nov 7 '10 at 23:53
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I watched it through and I never saw what you described. Can you give me a timestamp? –  tzenes Nov 8 '10 at 1:25
    
I haven't watched the replay, but I do watch pros play at tournaments and it's not unusual to see them select all workers at a specific base by simply boxing over the entire mineral line. They are presumably doing this in order to count how many workers they have. –  Lee Nov 8 '10 at 13:57
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The only possibility in my mind is command groups. At a previous time, he selected a batch of probes, held Shift or Ctrl and pressed a number, 1 - 0 (number row only, not keypad). When looking elsewhere, all you have to do is press the assigned number in order to recall that selection.

Holding shift+# adds the currently selected units to the selected command group. Holding ctrl+# creates the currently selected units in the selected command group.

shift = additive
ctrl = replace

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I thought of this too, but strangely enough in the replay he doesn't have all his workers in a work group. –  Wadih M. Nov 7 '10 at 23:45
    
I was going to include "idle workers via F1" in my answer, but I remembered that that only works one worker at a time. If it's anything else, I don't know what else it could be. And on the flip side: Replays show command groups? Weird. –  VxJasonxV Nov 7 '10 at 23:54
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@VxJasonxV Ctrl-F1 selects all idle workers, but that isn't likely to be it anyway. –  Alan Pearce Nov 7 '10 at 23:57
    
Really? Nice! Never knew that before. –  VxJasonxV Nov 7 '10 at 23:59
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I believe Shift-F1 will also add one idle worker to your selection, fwiw. –  Wikwocket Nov 8 '10 at 5:43
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I haven't watched the replay, but I do watch pros play at tournaments and it's not unusual to see them select all workers at a specific base by simply boxing over the entire mineral line. They are presumably doing this in order to count how many workers they have.

If a player doesn't have a standard control group set up and their workers aren't idle, I believe what you describe is impossible. Are you sure you were still in first person view?

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Ok thank you guys, that must of been what happened, only they did it really quickly. –  Wadih M. Nov 8 '10 at 17:45
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You use Ctrl+F1 to select workers at the start!

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