Is there a shortcut for switching between these three modes?

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This can be accomplished by pressing Ctrl+Tab. This will bring up the shown popup, in which you can select either Vertex, Edge, or Face mode. Note that you can use V, E, and F or 1, 2, and 3 to complete the action using shortcuts.

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    $\begingroup$ Hmmm... interesting. Using a V, E or F buttons after inputting the Ctrl+Tab shortcut is a great solution I haven't heard about before. $\endgroup$
    – Paul Gonet
    Aug 6, 2015 at 18:00
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    $\begingroup$ You can also use 1, 2 or 3 to select vert, edge or face respectively (based on the order they appear in the list). $\endgroup$
    – Greg Zaal
    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:02
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    $\begingroup$ You can by the way also add your own hotkeys in the right click menu of the items here. So no need to create the hotkey nodes by hand. Right click at Vertex, add shortcut ... $\endgroup$
    – Tiles
    Aug 1, 2016 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ Oh Man, @Tilles, your comment is deserve to be converted to an answer here so we can endorse it. Kudos man, it is what I looked for for years! $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2016 at 6:08
  • $\begingroup$ For Blender 2.8 see angabriel's answer $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2019 at 17:34

It's 2019 ;)

Blender 2.80 became much more intuitive. The hotkeys for the select mode are now pre-configured.

Number keys 1, 2, 3 switch between vertex, edge, face selection mode.

Another important thing: If you have configured to emulate a numpad, you have to change the shortcuts from 1 to Numpad-1.

Search for mesh.select_mode in Preferences->Keymap

  • $\begingroup$ I actualy made these as custom shortcuts some time ago $\endgroup$
    – aky-her
    Jan 29, 2019 at 22:28
  • $\begingroup$ This is awesome! $\endgroup$
    – Dan
    Nov 7, 2019 at 23:06
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    $\begingroup$ This should be the accepted answer, as the Ctrl-Tab no longer works $\endgroup$ May 6, 2020 at 20:01

If you prefer to have own shortcuts, you can create custom ones in the Input section of Blenders User Preferences (File > User-Preferences > Input). Open the 3D View section, and add your shortcut to the Mesh section:

addon prefs

You'll need to fill in the path of the operator to call. For the Mesh selection, this will be view3d.select_component. Once done, define the keystroke you like, and choose a type from the dropdown box which appeared after setting the operator. Note: Even if the dropdown box already says 'Vertex', choose the option again. The box will be greyed out until you do that, and the keystroke won't function. Save User Settings after that, and enjoy your own keymap!



After pressing the CtrlTab, you can use 1, 2 or 3 in place of V, E or F I find it flow better to end the gesture :)

In every menu/popup you can use these key shortcuts, notice underlined letters.


It's 2018 so let me add the shortcut command name for Blender 2.79:

shortcut command

mesh.select_mode is what you need for toggling vertex/edge/face in edit mode.

You want to add it under User Preference -> Input -> 3D View -> Mesh as described by this answer


I was asking the same questions when tried to learn Blender editor. I know that such a feature exists in the Lightwave 3D editor, but for some reason develepers of Blender forgot about it. Hopefully, Blender allows to add missing features with add-ons.

For the third version of Blender 3D editor you can use this add-on:

It adds two actions:

  • one to switch to a next mode,
  • one to switch to a previous mode.

Key combinations can be assigned to these actions to your liking.


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