# Can I subdivide vertices in a single direction?

Is it possible to almost duplicate or split vertices but keep them part of the edge that that they're on? Subdividing basically works, but if I try to do multiple edges at once, it does it in all locations. I can do it by subdividing and then dissolving the leftover vertices or by subdividing alone and then connecting the vertices, but is there an easier way?

The closest thing that I've found is "Loop Cut and Slide", but that just creates new vertices only connected to the ones I did it from instead of inserting new vertices in the edges.

For example, if I have this mesh:

I would like to do this:

If I select the vertices on the other side and subdivide it, it gives me this though:

Is there an easier way to do this?

• What about extrude (E) or rip (V)? – gandalf3 Jan 20 '14 at 19:21
• @gandalf3: Extrude is basically like Loop Cut except it doesn't slide it. Rip is basically like that too. I don't want to create new stuff really, I just want to divide the vertices along the existing edge. I can do it by carefully subdividing, but that's really slow. – Ullallulloo Jan 20 '14 at 19:31
• So you basically want something faster than to select two verts connected by an edge, subdivide, vertex slide? How about the knife tool? Requires more than a click too, but no need to select the edge verts first. – CoDEmanX Jan 20 '14 at 20:01
• @CoDEmanX I guess so. It would be nice if it would work for multiple vertices at once, but that's basically it. – Ullallulloo Jan 20 '14 at 20:07
• As long as you don't cross a face with a single cut, knife tool won't add new edges, just verts. It requires you to draw a line crossing an edge however, for your special purpose, it would be nicer to have a tool like the knife to subdivide an edge at click location instantly. – CoDEmanX Jan 20 '14 at 23:43

CtrlTab > Edge. Then subdivide as you want.

Comparison:

• @Ullallulloo: Select the new center edge and hit GG to edge-slide, to achieve what you showed in your screenshot – CoDEmanX Jan 22 '14 at 21:49
• it took me some time to get that multiselect with ctrl selects the edge in between too, while with shift it do not (the opposite behavior then any other application) – Ohad Cohen Mar 22 '15 at 21:14
• @OhadCohen Is it possible that you changed the keymap preset, say, to 3ds Max? – Leon Cheung Mar 23 '15 at 1:06
• I changed it to 3ds max and now it works normally. thanks – Ohad Cohen Mar 23 '15 at 17:20