There are a couple of options that could be causing such behavior. Look at the Selection of Hidden Edges section in this help topic:
The first one is on by default and the second one is off by default. So, it could be that you have the second option turned on allowing edges behind the faces to be selected.
If not, perhaps the faces causing the problems are transparent? There is another option further down in that help topic called "Enable selection through transparency". This one is turned on by default and if a face is transparent, it will select right though it unless you hit Shift and then it will select the transparent face. If you turn this option off, then the behavior is reversed (transparent faces are selected unless you press Shift and then you can select through them).
I hope this helps,
First off, thanks for the help.
The second option was indeed turned on! I have turned it off now and it helped.
thanks once again,
Jim Wilkinson wrote:
This one is turned on by default and if a face is transparent, it will select right though it unless you hit Shift and then it will select the transparent face.
I didn't know about holding Shift to select a transparent face. Thank you Jim. I've been doing this for 5 years and still learning.
SW2015 SP5.0 checking in. This bug is still alive and well (shocker).
Sometimes it's handy to be able to click to an edge behind a face, sometimes not.
Which is why I think it helps to have a key-combo linked to a macro (see Toggle settings - Selection of Hidden Edges) that permits you to have the needed settings changed for that purpose.
With thanks @Deepak Gupta.