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In the below scene, I cannot seem to select the shape on the left by hovering over it and pressing "L" select connected.

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In the below screen shot, I pressed L to select other elements of the scene, and all became selected properly:

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But no matter how much I try, I cannot seem to select the left side shape...

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  • $\begingroup$ I pressed "L" ten times and it eventually selected it... ????? $\endgroup$ – MicroMachine Sep 21 '15 at 2:57
  • $\begingroup$ Deselet all by pressing A. Select one vertex with the right mouse buton. Then press L to select other vertices connected to it. $\endgroup$ – user1853 Sep 21 '15 at 3:17
  • $\begingroup$ But usually when everything is deselected (A key), I can just hover over an element and press L. Why would it be different now? $\endgroup$ – MicroMachine Sep 21 '15 at 3:19
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    $\begingroup$ Small addition to the answer below and comments above: if you already have any componenets (verts, edges, faces) selected, press Ctrl + L to select the entire island. $\endgroup$ – TLousky Sep 21 '15 at 7:26
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There is a cursor proximity thereshold in the "Select Linked".

If you are in vertex mode, the cursor must be near a vertex to catch the vertex. It won't work if none of the object's vertices fall into the cursor's radius (e.g. if it is in the middle of a big face)

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