This is a very short but in my opinion useful tip to change the mesh selection mode in Blender with a shortcut.

This is something you do very often when you are modelling: You have to change the mesh selection mode: Vertex, Edge or Face selection. You can use the mouse and select the mode here:

Mesh selection icons

Mesh selection icons

But working with keyboard shortcuts is a lot faster. So here is the shortcut you can use to bring up the Mesh Selection Mode menu in the 3D View: Press Ctrl + Tab when you are in Edit Mode:

Ctrl + Tab to bring up the menu

Ctrl + Tab to bring up the menu

After this, you can press the keys 1, 2 or 3 to choose Vertex, Edge or Face mesh selection, so you don’t need to use the mouse at all to change the selection mode. (thx to Chris Lee for this enhancement of the tip).

I am sure this will make modelling for you much more comfortable.

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