Hi guys I'm new to Blender, and have this question about selecting vertexes.

I tried to select all vertexes within a rectangle region by drawing the rectangle with mouse after pressing B in Top View, but I actually ended up with only selecting the vertexes that are closer to me.

Here are my steps:

  1. After pressing B I selected multiple vertexes with drawing a rectangle: enter image description here

  2. I deleted them with X, but I see some in that region actually still exist: enter image description here

  3. You can see I actually only selected the upper 2 which were closer to me: enter image description here

So is there a way to really do this? I'm using Blender 2.71, but I saw Jonathan could do it in this video (but he must be using an older version): CGCookie tutorial: Modeling a Shipping Container

  • $\begingroup$ Related: blender.stackexchange.com/q/5004/599 $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 18:20
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    $\begingroup$ If you were in wireframe view like your screenshots suggest, this should have worked.. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ @gandalf3 thanks it worked! I just turned Wireframe mode on in the Cube panel at the right hand side but didn't notice it sometimes changes back to Texture. $\endgroup$
    – mepine
    Commented Sep 10, 2014 at 14:04
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    $\begingroup$ The per-object draw settings shouldn't affect the selection, only the global viewport shading settings in 3D view > header (next to the mode selection drop down). $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented Sep 10, 2014 at 19:59

1 Answer 1


That is the regular behaviour of Blender. By default "Limit selection to visible (clipped with depth buffer)" is enabled.

When you disable the button I marked in the screenshot, select the vertices again, all four vertices will be selected.


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    $\begingroup$ Though in wireframe view, blender always selects all vertices, regardless of that setting.. As a matter of fact, it's not even available in wireframe view. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 17:30

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