I am trying to texture a flag pole model I made recently and after UV unwrapping it I tried to arrange the islands so they would be understandable. However I couldn't find the island select mode, it just isn't there and I can't figure out why.

Can anyone tell me why this is and how I can fix it?

  • $\begingroup$ do you have the geo selected in edit mode? $\endgroup$
    – Vader
    Apr 19 '14 at 17:50

It is there in 2.70a for me. In your question there is very little to go on; However my guess would be that you have "Keep UV and Edit Mode mesh selection in Sync" active, this changes the selection modes that are available.

Sync selection off:

Sync selection off

Sync selection on:

Sync selection on

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you very much! I had no idea that could affect the options shown. As you can tell, i'm a very big noob to blender. Thanks again! $\endgroup$ Apr 19 '14 at 19:09
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    $\begingroup$ Don't feel bad, Nicolas. After using Blender for a few years now, this is without doubt one of the most irritating things I have ever dealt with. It was a long time before I ever figured this out, and I still find it highly unintuitive. $\endgroup$
    – Darren
    Oct 9 '14 at 21:10
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, thank you so much, Darren. This is still true in Blender 2.81. I had no idea what happened to island selection mode. The button should gray out, not disappear. That would be way less confusing! :-) $\endgroup$ Dec 4 '19 at 16:05

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