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By default when you are grabbing part of a mesh you can move it around smoothly or you can press the Ctrl key to move it in steps.

Somehow I pressed something I wasn't supposed to and now it moves in steps normally and I have to keep Ctrl pressed to move selections around smoothly, how can I return to the default settings?

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Sounds like you have turned snapping on.

Holding the Ctrl key toggles on snapping temporarily. I presume you have accidentally turned snapping on, meaning the Ctrl key will now toggle snapping off.

You can turn it off my clicking the magnet icon in the 3D header toolbar:

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(The image shows snapping is turned on)

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the quick answer! As I thought it was a trivial problem, but being a beginner I can't quite find things in all the toolbars... $\endgroup$ – user7790 Nov 4 '14 at 18:13
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    $\begingroup$ Feel free to mark this question as 'Accepted' if you find this answers your question. See: stackoverflow.com/help/someone-answers $\endgroup$ – Ray Mairlot Nov 4 '14 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ I couldn't accept it earlier for the time limit $\endgroup$ – user7790 Nov 4 '14 at 18:56