I work with this polygon layer and features 6 and 7 are identical:

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I don't understand why the selected feature tool work when i select feature number 7

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and don't work when i select feature number 6?

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Note: i copy/ paste feature 7 from feature 6

I red How to select features of visible layers in QGIS and that didn't solved my problem.

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    That looks like a normal behaviour, feature 6 is probably normally selected but its just under feature 7. You can check this with "Zoom to Selection" button in main panel or attribute table. Also its possible bug, when I try to reproduce it (QGIS 2.14.6, linux Mint 18) I copy/paste a feature and only feature without geometry was created.
    – Oto Kaláb
    Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 17:20

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The last feature added to your layer will always be shown at the top (i.e. it will overlap any other feature). Which is why feature 7 is shown above feature 6.

If you want to select the feature 6 instead of feature 7, you could use the Identify Features tool then:

  1. Left-click the duplicated feature
  2. Right-click the top feature (which should be feature 6)
  3. Select the Toggle feature selection option (which should now select feature 6):

    Identify features

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