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I'm trying to find a way to select (and remove) vertices on the edge of a subdivided plane without having to go round and highlight each one separately. I want to keep vertices terminating three or more edges, but remove those linking only two (leaving a contiguous edge, naturally) – any ideas? I'm thinking either there's an embarrassingly easy solution or it's not possible and I'm the only person not to know it.Illustration showing vertices terminating only two edges

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Use Select Similar menu in vertex selection mode to select vertices which share only 2 edges (in 2.79 it is Shift+G). Switch to vertex selection mode, select one vertex falling into mentioned category and with it selected run Select Similar > Amount of connecting edges.

Amount of Connecting Edges
Selects all vertices that have the same number of edges connected to them.

Select Similar in manual

Vertices which share only 2 edges will be selected and you can dissolve them with X * > Dissolve Vertices*.

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  • $\begingroup$ Just what I was looking for – thanks. Selecting the item beforehand; what an idea. Moral: running Blender when tired can seriously damage your sanity. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 7:03

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