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How can I allow value sliders to be set higher than certain values?
For example, I can't slide the subsurf slider past 6.
This might seem like a bit of a silly question, but it always bugged me when watching a tutorial or something and somebody said something like

blender can't do more than 6 subdivisions, so add two modifiers

It just seems clunky to add another modifier.

How can I set a value slider such as the subserf setting higher than it normally goes?

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The values you can enter in with the mouse are clamped to (soft limits), if type your value in specifically with the keyboard you can get an increased range (hard limits):

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Note that once you type in a value higher than the initial soft limit, you will be able to slide the value to the next highest soft limit.

e.g. for subdivide, if you type in 11 (the initial soft limit is 10), you can slide the value to 20, if you type 21, you can slide it to 30, etc.

This applies to many such limits, not just subsurf.

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