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A few years ago, I've learned basic modeling with Blender through a university course. However, now I need to use Blender again and it turns out I forgot all of the useful shortcuts that were indispensable to my work.

What are the most useful shortcuts when modeling objects in Blender?

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  • $\begingroup$ the way you warded it "best shorts for modeling" is probably going to draw close votes as "primarily opinion-based." You might want to edit that, and change it a bit. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Apr 29 '18 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ @David If I said "most commonly used shortcuts" instead of "most useful shortcuts", would that be enough? Most commonly used has an objective answer, though I doubt that data is open to the public. $\endgroup$
    – Tin Man
    Apr 29 '18 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ meh, either way it's kind of the same thing. I think the question is ok. Was just trying to find a way to steer you clear of some DVs. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Apr 29 '18 at 17:56
  • $\begingroup$ Blender has a LOT of keyboard shortcuts - and as others have mentioned, "the most useful shorrtcuts" will vary based on each person's workflow and preferences. $\endgroup$ Apr 29 '18 at 19:10
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Important short are obviously biased.

G - Grab
R - Rotate
S - Scale
↹ Tab - Toggle Object/Edit Mode
E - Extrude
F - Make Face/Edge
X - Delete
⎈ CtrlR - Loop Cut
GG - Vertex / Edge Slide
I - Inset
W - Specials Menu
⎈ CtrlV - Vertex Menu
⎈ CtrlE - Vertex Menu
⎈ CtrlF - Vertex Menu
⎈ Ctrl↹ Tab - Switch Vertex/EdgeFace mode
⎇ AltRMB RMB - Edge Loop select

G, R or S followed by X, Y or Z - Constrain the grab/rotate/scale action to a specific axis.
[The above] followed by ShiftX, ShiftY or ShiftZ - Constrain the grab/rotate/scale action to a specific plane.

Space- Search for a command

Hotkey Maps by mrdeyo

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Interactive Hotkey Map

Currently for 2.78, but there aren't many modeling changes.

How to find all hotkeys

In Blender, press ⎈ Ctrl⎇ AltU to open up the settings menu. Locate the Input rider and go to the 3d View section. The operations and hotkey for modeling will be found under Object Mode and Mesh.

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How to find a specific hotkey

Open up the menu and locate the desired operation, the hotkey is written to the right of it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Another command that I've now learned that I find helpful is Space to launch command search. $\endgroup$
    – Tin Man
    May 8 '18 at 13:23

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