# Spin tool is not shown in toolbar when trying to spin a curve

I am trying to find the spin tool in Blender version 2.68. It's not on the left panel. Should I check something in the preferences?

Here is a screenshot:

• It's there for me.. Are you in edit mode? (You can also access the spin tool with Alt+R)
– gandalf3
Oct 24, 2013 at 20:14
• yes, in edit mode. neither Alr+R not working Oct 24, 2013 at 20:15

The spin tool does not work with curves, it's specifically made for meshes. There aren't really any alternatives other than rotating around the 3D cursor.

To rotate around the 3D cursor:

1. Press . to set the pivot point to the 3d cursor.
2. Position the cursor at the center of the turn.
3. Extrude e and rotate the curve.

4. Tweak the handles so it's curved:

If you don't care if the object is a curve you could convert it to a mesh (Altc) and work with it from there.