I'm trying to find information on the icons in the Collections tab in Blender:

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Some of the icons (lights, pose, etc.) are self-explanatory, but the ones I've circled are unclear. I have looked around SE and in the Blender manual, but I can't seem to find them, since I don't know what to call them in the first place. What do they mean?

  • $\begingroup$ This is not a 1-1 reference but you can try looking through this $\endgroup$
    – Gorgious
    Feb 18, 2022 at 20:26
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    $\begingroup$ From top to bottom you have empty / armature / object / mesh, is it what you're trying to know? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Feb 18, 2022 at 20:27
  • $\begingroup$ I'd say "mesh object" rather than "object". Empties and armature are also objects, but with a different content. $\endgroup$
    – L0Lock
    Feb 18, 2022 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I just didn't know what to call them, and now I do! $\endgroup$ Feb 18, 2022 at 21:17

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Most common icons you'll see in the Outliner are also listed neatly in the Add menu (Shift+A in 3D view):

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Looking at your screenshot, the circled ones respectively would be: an Empty object, an Armature object, a Mesh object, and a mesh. The orange color indicates that it is an object, whereas green ones represent data-blocks. You can think of an Object as a container that holds relevant data-blocks together. For instance, the "mat_body" object in your scene contains the "mat_body" mesh at the moment. They are named the same, but that doesn't mean they're the same thing: a mesh (a collection of vertices, edges and faces) is only one type of data-block that could be contained by an object. You could assign a material, an animation, or a modifier to that object, and all of them would be listed there with the mesh.

You can learn more about data-blocks in the manual here. Here's a full list of data-blocks available in Blender from that page:

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for this. I didn't know about the Add menu. It's going to be a big help. $\endgroup$ Feb 18, 2022 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ why can't the Blender devs just add tooltips to the icons?! Are we living in 2024, or 1924? $\endgroup$
    – user213769
    Jan 27 at 18:46

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