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Organizing the objects under empties, I'm used to select the empties and all the objects under it by Ctrl+Shift+LeftMouse on the "Groups" I want to select.

With the release of 2.81 this no longer works: you can right-click on the empty and select all the objects under it ("Select Hierarchy"), but you can't add to the current selection this way (ie. select multiple hierarchies/groups).

Does anyone know about an easy way to select several empties and their underlying hierarchies?

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Quick workaround:

  1. In the viewport Shift select any children objects form the hierarchies that you want to select.

  2. Press Crtl + "Numpad +" to select upper levels of your hierarchy until you reach the parent objects.

  3. Done!
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  • $\begingroup$ nice one. I didn't know the Ctrl+ combination also worked in the Outliner. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Warner May 11 at 15:21
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Looks like it's gone, but you can still right click the parent object and hit "Select hierarchy" But that won't work for de-selecting it :(

Edit: And it's quite impossible to select couple of parent object with their hierarchies.

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  • $\begingroup$ Indeed.. Well, guess the big improvement in the outliner had to come with a couple of drawbacks in the beginning.. :) $\endgroup$ – Warner Nov 22 '19 at 11:42
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This is a bit of a setback. I need to select multiple assemblies with all their children and move them to various collections every day. It was easy to shift/ctl click them one by one and add them in one go...now they have to be done individually. The only workaround I can think of till it is fixed is to select each of the parents by shift clicking or ctl clicking on them ....then use shift plus ] IN THE 3d VIEWPORT to select all the children (keep clicking til they are all selected as each click is one level of the hierarchy.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sounds like a good workaround! Only.. when I do this (linux) I get an error: Traceback (most recent call last): File "/snap/blender/34/2.81/scripts/startup/bl_operators/object.py", line 217, in execute obj.select_set(True) RuntimeError: Error: Object 'Apartment_Ceiling.A' can't be selected because it is not in View Layer 'RenderLayer'! location: <unknown location>:-1 $\endgroup$ – Warner Nov 29 '19 at 11:12
  • $\begingroup$ I get that error occasionally because of something to do with collections. ie the child of something you're selecting is turned off in a different collection. Is your mouse pointer in the 3D window (not the Outliner) when you use shift + ] $\endgroup$ – Dave.Maak Nov 30 '19 at 17:52

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