circle selects with attitude

SO… what am I missing here? I keep seeing these videos showing some Blender Guru modeling something and they use the circle select tool and end up selecting a whole hemisphere at once. where it takes me doing “select-enter-rotate-select” a bunch of times to get what I want.

What magic foo are they doing?

Are you selecting the vertices in wireframe mode (shortcut key is ‘Z’) in the 3D viewpoint, rather than solid?

in edit mode, you can turn off “limit selection to visible” by clicking the highlighted cube icon just right of the vert/edge/face selection icons on the header. then selections will include the back faces.

That’s what I was looking for… that’s a life saver.

well… time saver at least…