All the objects in my scene are suddenly circled with a dark orange stroke. I can't seem to modify, delete or even select some of them...

Just a beginner at Blender, but I couldn't get an answer anywhere I looked.

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  • $\begingroup$ I never saw this before, odd. You must have hit some specialized key shortcut $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Sep 21, 2015 at 1:43

2 Answers 2


The reason you can't select other objects is because you are in Edit Mode.
The reason for the orange outlines is likely due to having entered edit mode (↹ Tab) while all objects were selected (A):

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While in edit mode, you can edit the mesh of the Active object, but cannot move any other objects. To select a different active object for editing, you'll have to first toggle back to Object Mode (↹ Tab) before clicking an object with RMB RMB.

Also see the blender manual.

  • $\begingroup$ I don't know if that's what it was, I got out of it by deleting objects in the scene overview> I think everything became orange when I tried to copy and paste a shape instead of duplicating it (cmd + c / cmd + v). $\endgroup$ Sep 21, 2015 at 1:58
  • $\begingroup$ When you paste object from buffer they are all selected by default. $\endgroup$
    – Carlo
    Sep 21, 2015 at 2:01

While in object mode, you need to select all the objects and click Object > Join or ctrl + J


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