I've managed to accidentally lock the extrude function in Blender to a single plain of movement.

When I select a face and then select Extrude by pressing the E key a blue line appears and I'm only able to extrude in a straight line along that particular plain. I'm not pressing XYZ to purposefully do this and don't know how I turned this function on.

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It's as if I've switched on the orthogonal mode in Autocad.

  • $\begingroup$ I am pretty sure that this is default functionality in Blender... If you select "FACE" and hit only E, it extrude in the face orientation of that face, in this case it is straight up $\endgroup$
    – MikoCG
    Commented Oct 9, 2021 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ It didn't used to be like this for me. How do I turn this off? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 9, 2021 at 16:36

1 Answer 1


After tapping E for extrude, just type "z" and then you can move it in any direction you want.


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