May 1, 2019

Blender: How to Select All Objects – Simply Explained

Scenes can get messy in Blender, and sometimes you need to transform a bunch of objects together. Learn how to group, hide, and select all objects.

Blender: Select All Objects Objects in Blender

Invisible lamps still shed light. Source: Amir M. Bohlooli / All3DP

Blender-wise, everything in the 3D view space is considered an object. That means — along with meshes — lamps, cameras, texts, and other visible items are all objects. An object’s visibility is an attribute that can be toggled. Invisible objects are still there but won’t show in the 3D viewer and can’t be selected. They will, however, function as they should and appear in the rendered scene.

To hide an object:

  1. Select your object(s).
  2. Press ‘H’ on your keyboard.

The object will now be hidden from view, in order to bring back all hidden objects press Alt + ‘H’.

Blender: Select All Objects Selecting Every Object

The lamp and camera are also objects. Source: Amir M. Bohlooli / All3DP

To select every object in the scene, you have to make sure that every one of them is visible. Do a quick Alt + ‘H’ to expose every object.

Now, to select all the objects:

  1. Press ‘A’ on your keyboard.
  2. To deselect the objects, press ‘A’ again.

If you had any objects selected, pressing ‘A’ will first deselect everything and then pressing it again will select everything.

Blender: Select All Objects Selecting Multiple Objects

The cube, cone and the camera are grouped. Source: Amir M. Bohlooli / All3DP

Sometimes you want to select multiple objects, but not all of them. Selecting multiple objects in Blender can be done in the following way:

  1. Hold Shift on your keyboard.
  2. Left-click on the objects you want to select.

If this group of objects is one that you’re going to select together frequently, you can group them:

  1. Select the objects by holding Shift and left-clicking them.
  2. Press Ctrl + ‘G’. A green border should appear around the objects.

In order to choose all of the objects in the group:

  1. Select an object from the group.
  2. Press Shift + ‘G’.
  3. Select “Group” from the list.

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