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Many sources describe holding the Control key down while rotating to control rotation by 5 degrees increments. I cannot get this keyboard shortcut to work in Blender v2.75. The increment button on the snapping menu does work, but the keyboard shortcut does not seem to work for me.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm running 2.75a on Windows 7. Can confirm that holding Ctrl while rotating does work as described on my system. $\endgroup$ Sep 8 '15 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ Do you turn off snapping while making Ctrl to work ? $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Sep 8 '15 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ Mr Zak I leave the snap to vertex on while I use the ctrl+R to rotate in Object Mode. However, I have tested it by turning snap off and the results are the same. $\endgroup$ Sep 8 '15 at 18:58
  • $\begingroup$ Does it work if you turn off snap, but still select Increment option for it (after turning it off) ? $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Sep 8 '15 at 19:11
  • $\begingroup$ I have learned through testing that when the Snap TYPE is set to increment and Snap is EITHER ON or OFF, the ctrl+R will rotate the selected object by an increment of 5 Degrees. This requirement of having the Snap TYPE in only one of the available settings was not readily apparent from the many tutorials I watched on this topic of Rotation. Thanks to all who commented. $\endgroup$ Sep 8 '15 at 19:32
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If you choose to rotate with 5 degrees precision (or another transform operation), you should hold Ctrl while performing transform operation; if holding Ctrl and Shift rotation will happen by 1 degree. Snap during transform should be turned off, but its option Increment should be checked:

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Transforming without precision will be done in case of other snapping option selected.

If you turn on Snap during transform, you can perform transforms with precisions without holding Ctrl:

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You may want to read about performing transforms with precision in manual.

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  • $\begingroup$ Mr Zak, I read the Blender Reference Article related to Precision during the transform and it does not give any indication that the "Increment" option in the Snap Menu is a prerequisite for the use of the ctrl as a Hotkey. Here is an opportunity for the developers to do an enhancement or update the Reference Manual, or both. I will explore the idea of requesting the enhancement. $\endgroup$ Sep 8 '15 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ The links show me a 404 $\endgroup$ Jan 24 '17 at 15:05
  • $\begingroup$ @JanDvorak thanks, manual changed their links since then. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Feb 1 '17 at 22:21
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Press ctrl + shift + tab and switch snapping to increment

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! I was looking all over for what I accidentally turned on. $\endgroup$
    – kevando
    Aug 3 at 19:10

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