Recently I've been trying to transition from an earlier version of Blender to 2.82. The UI is easy enough to figure out but the thing that really gets me is the bind to deselect all. In earlier versions, I could press A to select and deselect all but now I have to press Alt+A to deselect which really bothers me. If possible, I would like this to work in both Object and Edit mode.

I've tried going into preferences and changing the (de)select binds from Alt+A to A but it hasn't worked.

In essence, I want the keymapping to be the same as in earlier versions of blender; A to select and deselect all.


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Press AA ... that is a double A. AA will deselect all.

  • $\begingroup$ I guess that works. It's not ideal but I'll take it over having to press Alt. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Zane D
    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:03
  • $\begingroup$ @ZaneD I hated it at first but I use the command so often it felt natural after a few days $\endgroup$
    – GammaGames
    Feb 21, 2020 at 15:51

The old behaviour is still available in Blender 2.82. Go to the Keymap section of Preferences, and in the first panel (titled ‘Preferences’) tick the ‘Select All Toggles’ option.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for your answer, I had no idea it can be switched on like that :). $\endgroup$ Feb 21, 2020 at 19:36

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