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I am brand new to Blender.

I want to add a Curve Circle so I pressed ⇧ Shift + A to add it, but the popup Add menu only lets me add meshes.

How can I add other object types?

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  • $\begingroup$ When you say you can only add meshes, do you mean that curves aren't there, or you can't add anything else (ex: Lights, Text, Image, Empty, etc...)? $\endgroup$ Jul 7, 2020 at 0:34

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Most likely you are trying to add a curve while editing a mesh in Edit Mode. Meshes and curves are different kind of objects and cannot be combined.

Curves can't be added to a mesh object, and meshes can't be added to a curve object.

Exit Edit Mode and you will be able to add a curve as a different object. Press ↹ Tab to go to Object Mode to see full Add Menu

Blender has different kinds of objects, all of them have different and unique characteristics and cannot be combined into objects of a different kind:

  • Meshes
  • Curves
  • Surfaces
  • Metaballs
  • Text objects
  • Lattice

Also see related Why can't objects in Edit Mode have their own name?

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