Selecting

Selection in Pose Mode is very similar to the one in Edit Mode, with a few specificities:

You can only select whole bones in Pose Mode, not roots/tips…

Flip Active

Reference

Mode

Edit Mode

Menu

Select

Hotkey

Shift-Ctrl-M

Flip the selection from one side to another.

Constraint Target

Todo.

Linked

You can select at once all the bones in the chain which the active (last selected) bone belongs to by using the linked selection tool, L.

Linked bones selection.
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A single selected bone.

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Its whole chain selected with L.

Select More/Less

Reference

Mode

Edit Mode

Menu

Select ‣ Select More/Less

Parent [, Child ]

You can deselect the active bone and select its immediate parent or one of its children.

Extend Parent Shift-[, Extend Child Shift-]

Similar to Parent/Child but it keeps the active bone in the selection.

Grouped

Reference

Mode

Pose Mode

Menu

Select ‣ Grouped

Hotkey

Shift-G

You can select bones based on their group and/or layer, through the Select Grouped pop-up menu Shift-G:

Layer

To select all bones belonging to the same layer(s) as the selected ones, use the In Same Layer entry Shift-G 1.

Group

To select all bones belonging to the same group(s) as the selected ones, use the In Same Group entry Shift-G 2.

Keying Set

ToDo.

Select Pattern

Todo.