Unless my memory completely fails me, I used to be able to do CTRL+R to create a vertex along an edge.

Now, I get the Loop, Slide functionality.

I know I can create the other vertices and delete the ones I don't need but it would be very helpful to add a vertex on occasion.

Did something change during a recent version change or am I remembering incorrectly.

I realize that we need to keep 4 sided polygons as much as possible but sometimes it can be very useful to do that by inserting vertices.

Can anyone help? I did a lot of Bing searches but the earliest responses I saw were around 2011 and they were suggesting the same thing that I remembered.

Any help greatly appreciated.


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    $\begingroup$ You can also use Extend Vertices command (Alt+D) with vertex selected. For moving it along the edge press G once more just after extending to activate Slide tool. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Nov 2, 2015 at 22:32
  • $\begingroup$ Ctrl+R still works. I think what's tripping you up is the lack of visual feedback (like a colored dot) showing when hovering over the edge of a Triangle. When you click, however, a vertex will be added. This is possibly a bug. $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Nov 3, 2015 at 10:07

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If I understand you're meaning correctly, you want to add vertices only on a specific edge, and not to add an entire loop.

To do that, select the edge, then subdivide using the button on the Tools Panel, or the shortcut W --> Subdivide. You can then edit the number of subdivisions through the Last Operator Panel (bottom of the Tools Panel), or the F6 menu.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, this will work quite nicely! Much appreciation for your very timely and detailed answer. $\endgroup$
    – user19227
    Nov 2, 2015 at 23:07
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    $\begingroup$ @NatarthosSothratis Welcome to the site :) If this answer satisfactorily answered your question, consider marking it as accepted $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Nov 3, 2015 at 10:37

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