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I'm a complete noob. I was following this tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGRt24fYYWU and nothing happened when I pressed cntrl + 4 so I've been looking for "subdivide" but every tutorial I look for has it in different places that don't seem to exist. For instance it's not in the object context menu when I right click.

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  • $\begingroup$ Should be in edit mode to do that. $\endgroup$
    – lemon
    Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ @lemon Oh thank you but the guy in the video is able to do while in object mode and his cube turns into a sphere. A wrench icon also appears next to the word "cube" in the scene collection. Do you have any idea how he did that? $\endgroup$
    – myblender
    Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 14:31
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    $\begingroup$ ok, so he probably uses subdivision modifier.Use Ctrl+1 or 2, etc. $\endgroup$
    – lemon
    Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 14:32
  • $\begingroup$ the shortcut: youtu.be/mGRt24fYYWU?t=49 $\endgroup$
    – lemon
    Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ That didn't work for me but I clicked on the wrench while in object mode and clicked on "Add Modifier", "subdivision surface", and then I changed the levels to 4 and I got the sphere. $\endgroup$
    – myblender
    Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 18:43

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In order to use the subdivide tool, you must first be in Edit Mode.

  • Select the edges you want to subdivide, or hit "a" to select all
  • Go to "edge" tab in top left next to what mode you are in
  • Hit "subdivide"

For more reading, here is the Blender Subdivision Documentation

Hope this helps, good luck!

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  • $\begingroup$ But he didn't want to use the Subdivide Tool, he tried to follow the tutorial where the Subdivision Surface modifier is added to the cube, using the shortcut Ctrl+4 (for which you have to be in Object Mode, otherwise the shortcut won't work). And the Subdivision Surface modifier also creates a rounded, almost spherical cube, what the Subdivide Tool doesn't do by default. You can enable this option but you didn't explain to him how. OF course he can read it in the documentation, but the answer alone doesn't give the result he's looking for. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 13, 2021 at 15:34
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For blender 2.9, select the object you want to subdivide in object mode, press ↹ Tab to switch to edit mode. In edit mode click RMB RMB anywhere in the scene and a menu will pop up. Choose subdivide.

You can also adjust the number of subdivisions and other settings by looking at the lower left side of the viewport and clicking on the subdivide word with a drop down to choose what you exactly want.

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