I'm in object mode, there's a circle around the cursor - exactly like what would be there if circle select were active, but it's not active.

Single click on things does nothing, I need to double-click to select anything.

And hitting C simply enables the normal circle select.

I have no idea how to turn it off.

BTW - it only applies to this project, none other. So I think I just hit some key by mistake - Thanks.

  • $\begingroup$ Alt+A or Esc don't do anything? Maybe pressing W to toggle between select tools? $\endgroup$
    – Virgiliu
    Jan 20, 2019 at 22:37
  • $\begingroup$ Good shout, I'll try that later on when I get home. I tried every menu option I could find, and nothing seemed to work. Would be a pain if I had to restart everything from scratch. $\endgroup$ Jan 21, 2019 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ I came here because I had the same problem -- and I am very new to blender. What fixed it for me: I pressed and held the topmost of the new left viewport buttons, and it gave me four types of cursor - including circle select and the pointer one I wanted. Edit: I don't know why it didn't work when I first tried it, but Virgiliu's suggestion of pressing W did work when I tried it just now. (Also, I would have posted this as a comment but I don't have the reputation to do so.) $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2019 at 23:37

4 Answers 4


Tap the 'W' key.

I'm suffering this problem right now. I was using 2.82 while following a tutorial based on 2.78, and heard "tap W" to get a menu to pop up for doing something. Nope, not in 2.8 and later. These days, 'W' turns on this permanent circle select mode.

  • $\begingroup$ Thankyou, just did this to myself. $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Jul 10, 2020 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for this DarenW! Tried to move around in the scene using the camera similar to how one would do it in Unreal Engine/Source Filmmaker and it turned into Circle Select. Pressing W put it back into standard Select Lasso in Blender 2.9. $\endgroup$ Oct 4, 2020 at 18:09

I bet you have set your active tool to Circle Select.

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It happens to me all the time. I use the left click select keymap, in which the W key is set to circle through the different active tool's selection modes (and sets the active tool to the selection active tool in the meantime). It's quite annoying for me, I might just change that shortcut if I don't get used to it.


Try pressing Q or go to UVs menu at the bottom and unselect UV Sculpt

That worked for me


Under the Show Overlays button, there is an option button to Outline Selected. This turns that off and on. Took a while to find it. enter image description here


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