Is it possible to delete multiple objects in the Outliner? The way I delete objects now is by Shift + Left Click on them on the Outliner, then Right Click then selecting Delete. However, this only works on the active element, not on all selected objects.

How do I delete all the selected objects?

EDIT: I tried selecting the objects then pressing on X on the 3D Viewport to select Delete, but it doesn't seem to be working. Please see the GIF below:

Blender delete not working


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You can be excused for being confused as it would seem logical to click the names of the object - rather you should click further down the bar and you will see the row colour change tone. You don't even need to hold down shift to select more items. Note that selecting items this way has nothing to do with the selection in the 3D window. Once selected you can just right click and select 'delete'.

Other keys that work here - A toggle (select all/ deselect all) note colour tone difference. Also B box select, and then middle box to remove select, work here.

Once you see how it works ...it is pretty efficient.

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  • $\begingroup$ Clicking on the name in the bar is different to clicking on the blank space at the end of the bar? I didn't realise it worked like that and that is quite confusing - especially for newbies - but I see how that works. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ Oh god, I feel so dumb now. I hope I'm forgiven! $\endgroup$
    – brain56
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 1:30
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    $\begingroup$ Don't feel dumb. Blender is so not intuitive when it comes to small things like this... $\endgroup$
    – clankill3r
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 12:13

Once you've selected multiple objects in the Outliner, move the mouse over the 3D window and press X to delete.

There are other methods of selecting multiple objects - such as holding shift and right-clicking objects in the 3D window, which has the same effect (and if you accidentally select an object you didn't want selectied you can hold shift and click the object again to de-select it). If all the objects are around the same location you could use the 'box select' tool in the 3D window - press B, click at the top left corner of the selection then click at the bottom right and all objectswithin that boundary will be selected (then press X to delete them). Also, try pressing C when in the 3D window - this will give you a circle and you can use this to click each area to select, once happy with the selection press right mouse button and can again press X to delete (or any other action you might want to do to the selected objects - rotate R, scale S, hide (H - use Alt+H to unhide), etc.).

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    $\begingroup$ Please use <kbd> tags around keyboard keys, e.g. "press <kbd>B</kbd>" $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ @RayMairlot - how would I write Alt-H with this? Nothing I try looks quite right. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 15:47
  • $\begingroup$ Not everyone does, but most put a '+' sign inbetween: <kbd>Alt</kbd>+<kbd>H</kbd> $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ Hm... I actually just tried this and it doesn't seem to be working? Please see the edit! $\endgroup$
    – brain56
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 16:33
  • $\begingroup$ Do you have multiple scenes? Could be that the objects are not in the currently selected scene - in which case, you'd be able to select them in the outliner but not in the 3D view (as they would not be there). When you seect them in the outliner can you see the actual object get selected (and highlighted as if selected) in the 3D view? $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 17:28

Blender 2.8:

  1. Blender Preferences > Keymap > Outliner
  2. Find Delete Collection — with Backspace
  3. Change command to object.delete, uncheck ‘Confirm’

Delete image from outliner with one keypress

Select an object in outliner and press Backspace. Works with multiple objects selected too.


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