Is it possible avoid Blender 2.79 from selecting the closest vertex/edge/face in Edit Mode?

I find that even when clicking well outside of my model, the closest possible target often seem to selected, I have no idea why Blender would behave this way.


Update: the behavior I am seeing: https://streamable.com/y447y

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Blender.SE. I'm not quite sure to really understand the behaviour you would like to see: you would like to able to click whitout selecting? what should the click action perform instead? $\endgroup$
    – Carlo
    Jul 23, 2018 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Carlo I am not able to explain it in words, so I am just going to add a video showing my issue (see update) $\endgroup$
    – bitinn
    Jul 23, 2018 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ So you would like to decrease the radius of the click slection to be able to clik near the edge without selecting? May I ask what's the reason behind clicking with the selection button without actually wanting to select? BTW, here's a similar question: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/107815/… $\endgroup$
    – Carlo
    Jul 23, 2018 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Carlo it's intuitive to click somewhere else to de-select the items. and I am quite surprise that question never got an answer! $\endgroup$
    – bitinn
    Jul 24, 2018 at 4:44
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    $\begingroup$ In 2.79 developers preferred to use a dedicated key for deselection. I think the few peole who have seen the question did not have an aswer. The issue isn't ruining the workflow, as the deselction is based on a different approach, so it's not seen as a big problem and few people were wandering about changing the threshold distance as clicking far a way from object currently has no puropose. $\endgroup$
    – Carlo
    Jul 24, 2018 at 20:23

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Not really an answer as there is currently no solution to my specific problem in 2.79. But I did find some alternative to de-selection.

I have created a keymap based on the 2.80 "Industry Standard Keymap" proposal in case people ran into the same issue as me.



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