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I'm following this tutorial to get started with blender:

When I try selecting an edge or a face, the program does not let me. However, I can select vertices, and I can, by result, select edges and face by Ctrl+clicking other vertices, but this is very inefficient and annoying.

Does anyone know a solution?

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In edit mode you can change selection modes by pressing ctrl tab. Or just clicking this button in the 3D view header.
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To select edges you want edge select mode.

To use more then one selection mode at a time, shift LMB LMB on ether the buttons in the 3D header or the ctrl tab menu.

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Thank you very much! That was... Significantly easier than I thought. – elemein Jul 24 '14 at 2:22
Out of curiousity in case you look, do you also have any idea how to remove loop subdivisions? – elemein Jul 24 '14 at 2:39
@user3423509 Feel free to ask a new question, but I think maybe this is what you are looking for: – gandalf3 Jul 24 '14 at 2:41
@user3423509 yes, that is easily done. why dont you ask another question. – David Jul 24 '14 at 2:41
@gandalf3 you even beat me to answer a comment. :) – David Jul 24 '14 at 2:42

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