I'm fairly new to Blender, currently in Part 3 of the Donut Tutorial. So this question may be fairly naive.
The viewport has a dropdown menu for selecting the mode, which may be Object, Edit, Sculpt, etc. This suggests that this choice of mode applies to the viewport and everything in it.
However, if I have two objects and I switch the viewport from Object mode to Edit mode, the outliner has an Edit mode icon in its left margin for the object that was selected, or if no object was selected, for the object that was most recently selected. The other object has a dot in that margin. This is shown in the following display image, where the sphere was selected when the mode was switched from Object to Edit:
In the manual, the section "Editors > Outliner > Interface > Main Region > Object Mode" says:
The far left of the Outliner contains a region to toggle the current Object Mode. When an object is in a mode other than Object Mode, the mode icon will be displayed in this region. Any other objects that are valid to be added or swapped into the current mode display a dot.
This seems to be saying that in the above picture, the sphere is in Edit mode, while the cube is in Object mode. Also, the cube does not show any vertices, which again seems to indicate that it is in Object mode.
So when the viewport drop-down says "Edit Mode," that does not seem to mean:
- The viewport is in Edit mode. (Apparently wrong.)
but instead seems to mean:
- One or more objects in the viewport is in Edit mode, while other objects there remain in Object mode.
Is that correct, or is there something I'm not understanding?