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I've got a standalone program using ArcGIS Engine, showing a map on the screen like this:

AxMapControl _mapControl;  
AxToolbarControl _toolbarControl;

// in constructor: 
_mapControl = new AxMapControl();
_toolbarControl = new AxToolbarControl();  

// in loading: 

The ControlsSelectTool shows up in the tool, but it does not select anything on the map when I click or drag a rectangle. I probably are missing some basic problem here.

Should I use some other way to select objects in a layer or am I just missing some detail here?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Try using the ControlsSelectFeaturesTool it works on features instead of ControlsSelectTool that work on graphics.

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