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There is an option called 'Quick Selection'.
It can be turned on or off in the selection tool settings or you can use the SPACE bar to toggle it on or off (depending if it is switched on or off in the settings - the space bar will toggle the opposite state).
I prefer to leave it turned off in the settings and press SPACE bar if I need to select a surface.
It can still be used in conjunction with the TAB key for when there are multiple elements to select.
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