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I did, somehow (think I pressed a hotkey), end up with this circle around the mouse cursor, which could select multiple vertices. I do not know how to leave this mode/tool, and I'm not able to do anything but to use this certain tool. I can't use shortcuts, for example cmd+S to save. I cant open any menu, I cant rotate the view, I cant do anything but to change the size of the circle (using the scroll wheel on the mouse) and to select vertices using it. No view hotkeys works (1-9)

This is what the tool looks like: enter image description here

Would love to at least get to know the name of the tool I'm stuck with, so that I could ask a more accurate question. Since I can't save the file, I don't want to close it. Therefore, if I could get some help soon, that would be very appreciated.

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  • $\begingroup$ That looks like circle select. Just press escape or right click $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Apr 8 '17 at 14:00
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That is the likely the circle select tool. Quoting from the page:

To cancel the selection use RMB or key Esc or Enter.

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Try pressing "W", it will change the pointer type from select circle to select box, hope that helps.

i accidentally pressed it and had the same issue, pressing it again fixed it for me.

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    $\begingroup$ this was the answer for my problem. It had gotten stuck in circle select mode, which seems to be different than the mode that you get when pressing "C" $\endgroup$ – Kevin Milner Aug 10 at 20:09
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You can change it at the bottom left corner in 1.79. In 2.8 it'll be at the top of Tools

1.79

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  • $\begingroup$ Incomplete answer. $\endgroup$ – Lukasz-40sth Feb 13 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ Note that openining menus in the viewport header isn't possible while tool like Circle select is active $\endgroup$ – Mr Zak Feb 19 at 16:02

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