EDIT: I realize now that these shortcuts actually work in EDIT mode, but I want to know about POSE mode.

I'm trying to find shortcuts to make selecting bones in pose mode faster. Sometimes I want to select a few bones in a bone chain (like all the bones in the spine of the character, or all the bones in a finger), and I have to select each bone individually, which is fine but I wonder if there are shortcuts to make these things faster.

I know you can CTRL+L to select all linked bones, which is something. But a lot of times you don't want ALL the linked bones, just the ones down the chain (or up the chain), or a few bones in the middle of the chain... So I wonder if there is a way so select all linked bones between two bones, like you can select the shortest path between edges in edit mode by ctrl+clicking. Or maybe something like pressing the "+" sign would select one more bone down the chain.

Are there any shortcuts like that to make it easier and faster to select bones in pose mode?

  • $\begingroup$ to add to Marty's answer, Ctrl + allows to select the next bone in a chain $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Sep 14, 2021 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ Haven't you just answered your own question? Select one bone, the CTRL+click the other one and all bones between will be selected. Ctrl+Numpad+ to select more, Shift+] to select the child. Explore the Select menu. There are more shortcuts to select the parent, all children, siblings, etc. $\endgroup$
    – Blunder
    Sep 14, 2021 at 15:09
  • $\begingroup$ Weird, I tried that and it didn't work. $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2021 at 18:58
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I think I know the problem. These shortcuts work in EDIT mode, but I meant to ask for the same type of shortcut in POSE mode. I actually mentioned that in the end of my question but I guess I didn't put enough emphasis on it. I'll edit it to make it clearer $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2021 at 18:59
  • $\begingroup$ ah, I see. Pose mode is the keyword. Thanks for the clarification. Indeed Ctrl+click and several other shortcuts don't work in this mode. $\endgroup$
    – Blunder
    Sep 14, 2021 at 19:10

1 Answer 1


Okay, found it: In pose mode, the shortcut to select the next bone in the chain (child) is ]. To select the previous bone (parent): [.

Shift + [ or ] will extend the selection in each direction.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ The downside is that you need an English keyboard layout, otherwise the "]" and "[" keys might not work. But you can change the keyboard shortcut in the settings. $\endgroup$
    – Blunder
    Sep 14, 2021 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I'm from Brazil so the keys in my actual keyboard are not exactly the brackets, but are close enough to be easy to find. I'm used to that sort of thing. $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2021 at 21:30

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.