I watched a video of somebody selecting more vertices/edges/faces using the < and > signs in edit mode. He would select one face then using the > sign it would select more connected faces.

The problem is I'm on a Mac and those two keys are under the , and . that will also no work using the the shift key.
Is there another shortcut to do this?

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    $\begingroup$ I've tried those, and I can't get it to work. What exactly does it do in the video? Extend the selection in a specific direction? The closest thing I know of is Ctrl Numpad + and Ctrl Numpad -, which expands and contracts the selection in all directions. $\endgroup$
    – user7952
    Jun 22, 2015 at 5:24
  • $\begingroup$ @SixthOfFour Yes it does exactly what the ctrl + and - do. Thanks! That answered my question. $\endgroup$ Jun 22, 2015 at 5:27
  • $\begingroup$ That's good. I added it as an answer. I also edited the title of your question. $\endgroup$
    – user7952
    Jun 22, 2015 at 5:39

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The key combinations to expand and contract the selection are CtrlNumpad + (to expand) and CtrlNumpad - (to contract). Like this:
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Note: I'm not using an English keyboard, and the < and > may work on an English keyboard. I honestly don't know

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    $\begingroup$ < and > do nothing for me, and searching for shortcuts using these keys reveals no results. Most likely the user in the tutorial was using the maya keymap, where shift , and shift . are used to do this. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Jun 22, 2015 at 5:49
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    $\begingroup$ How do you do this without a numpad? $\endgroup$ Aug 15, 2021 at 21:19
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah. I'd also love to know how to do this without a numpad. Blender has a frustrating reliance on numpad shortcuts. Neither my pc keyboard, nor my mac keyboard have a numpad. $\endgroup$ Dec 1, 2021 at 19:35

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