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I'd like to be able to select in one operation a set of blender elements (vertices, edges, and faces) with a common characteristic, for example a certain value (or range of values) on a particular axis, or a set of elements which lie a specified distance from the designated pivot point. I know some particular instances can be accomplished by existing tools, for example, going to front or side view, one could use box select to obtain a set of vertices with a certain value of Z-axis co-ordinate, but I'm asking more generally. For example, to be able to select all edges of a certain length, or faces with a certain area.

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For a mesh in edit mode with

  • vertex selection see the menu Select Similar.
  • face selection see the menu Select Similar Area
  • edge selection menu Select Similar Length
  • Many other options

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Circle Select with the Letter C Selects a circular distance in 2D in many, not all, cases. To select a ring, first select objects by radius A, then second scroll mouse wheel to smaller radius B, then press Middle Mouse to button to remove the middle. A minus B (A - B)

Still in mesh edit mode, if you are making a selection repeatedly, consider creating a vertex group for that selection.

Suggestion. For Objects only. If you are making the same selection many times. Consider Grouping those objects and thus select group. Or more drastically create a common parent and select children.

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  • $\begingroup$ Circle select (C-key) selects all of the elements within the current diameter setting of the tool; I'm wanting to select only the elements that lie on the circumference of the tool. $\endgroup$ – brasshat Oct 10 '14 at 16:29

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