Questions tagged [selection-tools]

Questions about Blender's tools for managing selections. Selections are used to define what part of an object/path/curve/etc. is being manipulated or highlighted.

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bpy command/function to get the currently selected parts of the mesh (verts or faces or edges) of the active object?

I'm having a problem with finding the currently selected edges of my mesh so that I can extrude those specifically using my script. I noticed that if I deselect and choose a new selection in the GUI, ...
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Why checker deselect doesn't work on object created by array

In Blender 3.2 - I have created 10 cubes using an array modifier having a relative offset the same as the side of the cube. After I apply the array modifier; when I select its faces, I don't see any ...
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Grow selection inward?

Can you grow a selection inward. CTRL (+)&(-) will grow a selection but its outward
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How to get first or last vertex of a loose edge in Python?

I wish to select the first vertex of each loose part in my object. How can I do that with code?
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New key binding not implemented for the influence of proportional editing

As I'm working on a laptop with a trackpad, and without a mouse, and I've re-assigned the key bindings to increase/decrease the influence for proportional editing to alt+page up (to increase) alt+...
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Edge Loop Select no longer works with v3.2

I recently upgraded to v3.2 and now the shortcut "Alt Left Click" is not selecting the edge loop.
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Face becomes stretched when using Inset tool

I have a face: When I press "I" key for insetting it, it gets stretched and looks like this:
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Blender Interior Faces Selection Behaving Unexpectedly

So the issue I am experiencing is to do with the Select > Select All By Trait > Interior Faces command. From the description it claims to select faces where all edges of that face are touching ...
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How do I fix my selections being invisible in Edit mode?

I'm following the Donut tutorial and, I don't know what I have pressed, but out of a sudden, all my selections on Edit Mode are invisible (Vertex, Edge and Face). Selection works and I can modify ...
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Enable Disable Selection from 3D Viewport

Ok. Let me frame my question and hope someone understands. I have more than 100 objects in my scene. None of them are named properly (and plz don't suggest me to). Now what I want to do is be able to ...
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Inacurate Edge Selection [duplicate]

When an edge is selected, instead of it an edge beside it is selected. I am on a Chromebook that is using Linux to run Blender. The edge selection error doesn't happen in wireframe mode. In the ...
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Selecting vertices in headless mode

So I have a little script that selects all visible vertices by going to the camera view, entering edit mode and then calling bpy.ops.view3d.select_box. I now want ...
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Unwanted selection through objects when X-rays is not active

Using 3.1. I've some difficulty to understand how select works. I assumed it would not (de)select/(de)activate objects behind another one, unless you activate the X-rays switch. This seems to be ...
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Is it possible to give to Loop Cut an Offset on each side?

I am interested in restricting the cutting area to a portion delimited between '% on the left' - '% on the right', from the edge-face to cut. How can I do this currently?
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Applying second material on part of object

I need to make object with multiple materials, but some parts need to be "irregular" shape. I attached screenshot to explain better what I need to do. What is the best way to select part of ...
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why is my options overlapping with my tools

I've noticed that all of my tools have been overlapping with my options and i am unsure ho to move them to the right as there is more space on the right. if anyone can help that would be swell
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User Perspective (Clipped). What does the clipped mean?

It's the first time I see this and I'm quite sure it's something really simple, but I don't know how to fix it. I probably mispressed a key or something. What's bugging me here is the text that says <...
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Get distance between two points on a curve in geometry nodes

Im trying to make a density thing in which I set a min value of distance between two instances and plug it in the selection of instance on points. Im working on a really simple ivy on which I want to ...
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What is the correct way to quickly deselecting multiple objects?

Please refer to the screenshot. I'm trying to deselect some of the pieces on the legs, while keeping the rest of the leg, the armature and the rest of body selected. I've done quite some searches ...
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Improving Blender Selection Time

New to Blender. I am editing a large .obj file to mass delete unneeded portions to decrease file size for a navigation mesh. Selecting a portion of the map takes a long time, up to two minutes ...
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How to Select all objects that have the subdivision surface modifier?

I saw this example of how to select objects by name with a script, I would like to know if anyone knows how to modify it to be able to select all the objects with the subdivision surface modifier. ...
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How do you apply a material to a specific set of faces on an object in geometry nodes?

I created this cube with the letter "R" cut into it with a mesh boolean node. I want to apply material to a specific part of the letter "R" as marked in blue. I tried using the ...
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Annoying selection problem that can't be googled because it's conflated with irrelevant results

For some reason, I don't know how, when I'm in edit mode, my cursor is always a white circle. How do I revert to the more convenient selection mode that's there by default?
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How does the Blender User select random linked components of a Single Mesh?

Goal In [edit mode] this Blender user would like to select random connected components. Does this feature already exist in Blender? If yes, what are the steps? Thanks. Context If Python is used, ...
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Selecting vertices only visible in camera frustum

I want to select the vertices which are visible in camera frustum and delete the rest which are either occluded or not in camera frustum. I don't want to do it manually but with a python script. ...
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How to select Face Set or Mask in Edit Mode?

We can create Face Sets from edit mode's selection. But what I'd like to do is the opposite: I already have Face Sets in sculpt mode, and I'd like to select them in edit mode. Is it possible?
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How to change the quick setup after opening blender for the second time?

Changing the selection in the quick setup menu after opening blender the second time
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Intersect (SEL_OP_AND) not working, but all other selection types are fine

Working on a diff that will allow some more selection options. Devtalk Post with Build and Diff and Description Mainly for Select Through, which is essentially just accessing X-Ray selection in ...
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Blender 3.0 loop select

Why doesn't loop select work in this case? In the status bar it says left click to loop select, I left click but it only selects one edge. When I select all 8 edges and do bridge edge loops it does ...
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Is there a setting to outline child objects when the parent is selected?

I'm still newish to blender. Is there a setting to outline child objects when the parent is selected? In Maya, when you select a parent object, all the children objects are highlighted as well. In ...
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How to extrude unconnected

I want to extrude outward without the faces being connected together in order to get a pattern that looks kind of ribbed (picture for reference) without extruding each face individually. This is what ...
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How to not select vertices on other side of 3d model

I'm new to blender and doing the donut tutorial. When I try to select vertices to move on one side of an object, sometimes it grabs the vertices on only the face that is visible, sometimes it grabs ...
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SOLVED / Circle appeared on cursor, not about selection mode, blender 3.1.0

Has anyone encountered this yet? It's really bothering me now, I have to hit esc or RMB every single time before selecting anything. The circle keeps coming back after every single selection. I can't ...
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Keep only geometry with certain amount of height difference

I'm trying to post process a navigation mesh that I will send into a another product for baking audio environment data for our game. If I send in the entire navmesh for the terrain it will take weeks ...
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How do you Select Next Active (CTRL+SHIFT+Numpad+) w/ Bisected Section?

I've seen the thread on doing a CTRL+SHIFT+Numpad+ in "https://blender.stackexchange....
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Border Selection in complex 3d-models

I have a problem with the selection tools in Blender 2.79b. Maybe someone can help me :) I have a complex city model and I wanna select a few buildings to export them in a x3d-model. Unfortunately ...
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How do I select only one of two identical objects, on top of each, in edge or edit mode?

Ok, so as shown below, I have these two cubes, and I'm in edge mode. What I'm trying to do is just select the entire Cube .001 so I can use the Alt + S scale tool to scale it down, while keeping it ...
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After applying modifiers, I cannot select faces or edges

I imported a .stl file into Blender and I edited it in the Geometry Node Editor. I want to measure the area of certain faces, but I cannot see or select the faces or edges as before. Since the model ...
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how would i select shells instead of verts, edges or faces? [duplicate]

I have a model that I'm working with that is extremely packed and it's hard to get my camera in to select faces that I need to. How do I select individual shells instead of just verts, edges or faces? ...
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Selecting Next / Previous keys in a channel

Is it possible to select another / cycle through keys in the selected channel? Say I have 'Key 2' selected in XLocation and I'd like to select 'Key 1'. However, Key1 is among / close by a bunch of ...
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Python - Blender Get selected Object in order of Selection

I'm wondering if there a way to get an object selection in order of selection. It' seams that Blender sort objects by keys, but the selection order is important for my tool. Is there a way to do that ?...
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Is there a way to see all the uv islands when uv sync is off?

I'm trying to find out if there is a way to keep all the uv's visible without having to select the entire mesh with sync disabled. The problem is that I want to be able to select a face or area in the ...
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What is the difference between Selected Linked and Selected Linked All?

In the Edit mode, I select one vertex, and then press L. As a result, 6091 out of 6096 vertices are selected. The Adjust Last ...
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Quickly find the selected vertices on my model

In the Edit Mode, on the header, click: Select -> Select All by Trait -> Faces by Sides Then the new menu on the lower left of the screen says 4 vertices have been selected. The problem is that ...
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Cannot select faces

I want to select faces on a simple cube in blender. But no matter where I click, nothing gets selected. Even drawing a selection box over the whole object does not select any face.
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Selecting strokes in Sculpt mode on a Grease Pencil Object

Is it possible to select a stroke while in Sculpt mode? I'd like to use Selection Masks to limit tool influence to only selected strokes. I know I can do this in Edit mode, but I wondered if there is ...
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Selecting similar following groups of faces

How can I do this kind of selection without repeating the same operation several times until the vase is selected all around? At the moment I select the first face on top and than the last on bottom ...
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Select all layers upon selection

So I have this asset, which is single object in blender and when I use Select Box on one part of object it only selects top layer but all others that are not ...
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selection bugs in viewport

Not sure if this is a 3.0 bug or an error created by settings carried over from previous versions but I'm coming across weird selection behavior in the viewport. sometimes when I create a new object I ...
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filter selected object by selected keyframes

My scene many similar objects (linked dublicates) I animate separatly. I'm wondering if there is a way to filter selected object by selected keyframes. In 3 steps, what I do, and where I can't: ...
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