I seem to be locked into Object Mode. When I hit Tab, Blender won't switch into Edit Mode.

Why is this happening? And how do I fix it?

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    $\begingroup$ Do you have a mesh selected? $\endgroup$ – GiantCowFilms Feb 16 '15 at 3:31
  • $\begingroup$ Have you linked the object from a different Blend? $\endgroup$ – Einar Feb 16 '15 at 3:44
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe your curserposition is in another view. 1) Click inside the viewwindow and 2 ) then press tab to toggle between object and edit mode. $\endgroup$ – Noli-me Feb 16 '15 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ I copied and pasted an object from a different Blend. Maybe that's why it was locked. But why is that? $\endgroup$ – Thomas Bricker Feb 16 '15 at 14:04
  • $\begingroup$ As you can see, this could be caused by several things. It would be great if you could upload you Blend-file. Use this link: pasteall.org/blend $\endgroup$ – Einar Feb 16 '15 at 14:46

I copied and pasted an object from a different Blend. Maybe that's why it was locked. But why is that?

If you link an object from another file, it can only be edited in that file, not the one you have added it to. What Blender is doing is making an exact copy of a portion of another .blend file, and reverse connections are not currently supported (being able to update the linked .blend). You will need to Import the mesh in order to edit it.

Changes to the source .blend file will not be automatically visible in the linked mesh, you will need to re-link or update the mesh.

  • $\begingroup$ How do I import from another .blend file? $\endgroup$ – Aaron Franke Sep 27 at 22:46

Make your object local:
Object > Make Local > All
or CtrlL

Or unlock in the outliner

  • $\begingroup$ what is "unlock the outliner" ? $\endgroup$ – jsbueno Feb 19 at 20:01
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    $\begingroup$ Where is "Make Local" in Blender 2.8? $\endgroup$ – Aaron Franke Sep 27 at 22:47

The object might be linked in another scene within the same file. Switch to the proper scene prior to editing the object.

For instance, in the Barcelona Pavillion demo file from https://www.blender.org/download/demo-files/ There is a chair object. In a regular scene (midday/sunset/night in this dataset), edit mode won't be available for the chair.

You have to switch to the "assets" scene and the proper layer, then RMB to select the chair for edit mode to be available.


If you have no object selected, Edit mode is not available, even if your scene contains only one object! The workaround is to select the object by clicking on it with your Select mouse button. The purpose of Edit mode is to edit the mesh (components) of an object, so one must be selected. Then Edit mode applies only to that selected object.


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