My scene has stuff on three layers. The layer buttons show a dot on a fourth layer, one that to my knowledge contains nothing - no meshes, no cameras, no lights or anything. If I have only that one layer active, and tap 'A' to select everything, nothing shows, just the usual grid and 3D cursor. What the heck is existing in this layer that prevents it from being empty?

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    $\begingroup$ Just to be sure, you have pressed Alt + H to make sure nothing is hidden? $\endgroup$
    – JulianHzg
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 18:33
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    $\begingroup$ Can you attach the blend-file? Perhaps you have something hidden there. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 18:33
  • $\begingroup$ Check your scene graph and see if anything is hidden in there. $\endgroup$
    – CharlesL
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 19:02
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    $\begingroup$ When you delete a mesh in edit mode , its pivot point remains in object mode. Check your layer. Select all and press delete. $\endgroup$
    – Ali Jibran
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ It's possible that whatever is hidden/invisible on that layer is also un-selectable. (selectability in the 3D view can be toggled in the Outliner by pressing the mouse icon) $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 23:04

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Select the suspicious layer. In the Outliner, set the Display Mode to Visible Layers:

The outliner, with display modes shown

If there's anything there – hidden or not – you'll see it there.

If nothing appears, please upload your .blend file for further diagnosis.


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