How can I deselect all object on all layers? Key A only works for current layer.

I have 20 layers, with different game buildings and before exporting I need to select what to export. If I forgot to deselect on different layer it will get exported too.


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You can press ` which is usually found immediately to the left of the 1 and directly above TAB.

This will make every layer visible so now using a will function as you would like it to.

Or you could just select something using a mouse/pen click, this will also release any hidden layer selections.

  • $\begingroup$ Any luck? The answer is still there. :) $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ That comment was based on a brain-fart, I've erased it. For some reason I temporarily started hovering the cursor over the layers panel while pressing ~ and that's why I mistakenly thought the feature stopped working. The cursor must be over the 3D Viewport. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2018 at 18:27

On a localized keyboard this key is often only accessible with a modifier like Shift. If it doesn't work as described by Marc check the settings in the User Preferences:

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Note that this key can be configured separately for the different modes. In other modes than 3D-View it defaults to Ctrl-'.


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