Hey thanks for the info! I am using 2008 and I know what you are talking about in the Settings/Prefs but on my computer the option isn't even there to check (under the "Modifiers" section of the "Selection" portion of the settings).
I didn't know if maybe it was something that came separate. It's not the end of the world but it is one of my favorite tools settings to have turned on because of the ease of selecting a face or edge and it keeps you from selecting the wrong one.
Originally posted by jsprogg
Pre selection highlight i believe is part of Maya 2008 , but multi selection which includes being able to hightlight whatever you mouse over rather than the component mode you are in requires extension pack 2 for 2008.
You can turn pre selection highlight on or off in the preferences under Window then Setting/Preferences then highlihgt selection .
If you are not using Maya 2008 then you could use the NEX plugin made by digitalraster, although this is not a free plugin.