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Holding Ctrl you can select the Shortest Path between two selected egdes.
This essentially allows you to select a range edgeloop.
Like so:

edgeloopshortestpath

Ctrl+Alt+LMB will allow you to select and edge ring like so:

edgering

But how do I select the shortest path edge ring? Or rather, a range of edge rings between two selected edges.

edgeringrange

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It may be easier to use another selection tool instead of Edge Ring selection, because it won't take into account specified end of selection.

You can workaround that by selecting faces:

  1. Select the shortest path with Path Selection in Face Select mode.
  2. Switch to Edge Select mode, and deselect top and bottom edge loops by holding Alt+Shift and clicking with LMB on them. "Shortened" edge ring will be the only left selected.

GIF selecting edge ring in specified range

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes that definitely helps! I wonder if there's any add-on that allows for this. $\endgroup$ Oct 15 '16 at 23:00
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that is already in blender but kinda a hidden option here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fd0APrTJw1lcY_9TPPozra-RLFsyghHm/view?usp=sharing PD:i couldnt upload as gif lol...

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    $\begingroup$ for the one who can't see the gif, works in blender 2.9x : in edge mode select first edge than last edge then in the options of "Pick shortest path" select "Face stepping" $\endgroup$
    – cscholl
    Jul 14 '21 at 19:57

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