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Let's say I have a simple plane, and I want to add 4 faces to it but I'd like the subdivision to make triangles.

So instead of this:

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I want this:

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Select the face and press AltP to poke faces:

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From the wiki:

Poke Face, This tool fan-fills each face around a central vertex (r55833).

This can be useful as a way to triangulate ngons, or the depth value can be used to make spikes or depressions, Access from the face menu or AltP.

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  • $\begingroup$ Omg, seriously I was going to use poke or pinch to describe what I was trying to do. Is there a way to change subdivide to use triangles instead of quads though? $\endgroup$ – chrisp Jan 2 '14 at 22:59
  • $\begingroup$ @jacobsd No. You can change the way corners are triangulated when using Subdivide, but otherwise no. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Jan 2 '14 at 23:04

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