I tried to open an .obj file using import but all I got was the workstation with the block. Yes, I'm a total beginner.

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    $\begingroup$ If you do your import and then look in the Outliner (topmost item in the rightmost column, by default, IIRC), what items do you see listed? You should probably see a scene, renderlayers, world, camera, cube, and lamp -- if you see another entry then it's possible your OBJ imported correctly but isn't visible (e.g. it's really far away, very tiny, etc) $\endgroup$ – A C Dec 5 '18 at 2:33
  • $\begingroup$ @AC pretty sure you can post this as an answer as it happens a lot because of the scale difference between the source and blender's workspace $\endgroup$ – gl_prout Dec 5 '18 at 6:05

Only .blend files can be opened by Blender. Other file formats can be only imported.

Obj Import

Go to File ‣ Import ‣ Wavefront (.obj) and choose the file.

Remember to save the Blender file as a .blend file. If you wish to export the obj file go to the menu item File ‣ Export ‣ Wavefront (.obj).

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