Is there a way to subselect features in QGIS as can be done in ArcMap?

For example, I have 5 features selected, and I want to look at each one of them individually (e.g.: zoom to), without unselecting the other 4.

In QGIS when I have a selection, I lose the rest of the selected features if you click on any one of the selected features. I want to be able to subselect (i.e.: create a selection within a selection).

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    You mean to select selected features (they become yellow), to get two "levels" of selections? – BERA Nov 5 '20 at 17:24
  • Yes that is what I want, 2 levels of selection. – Adrian_Drosera Nov 5 '20 at 18:18
  • Your first "selection" could be by using a field filter, and then from that you could make individual selections. – johns Nov 11 '20 at 15:41

You can make a sub-selection when you are displaying the attribute table in form view.

You can switch to form view using the lower right icon.

Once you have a selection, you can click on the name of the feature of interest. Note that if you click on the yellow square, it will replace the entire selection.

You may want to play with the auto zoom or auto pan to achieve these actions on the sub-selection.

Also, displaying only the selected features will ease the process.

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  • Brilliant, that is exactly what I wanted. I also just learnt how to adjust the selection transparency in Project Properties so I can see the imagery under the selected polygon. – Adrian_Drosera Nov 5 '20 at 18:58

Hold Ctrl down while clicking and it will add or remove from the selection.

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    I think that the OP is interested in making a selection within a selection, i.e. a "subselection". – Stu Smith Nov 5 '20 at 17:44

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