need to break an object apart

I have created several solid objects that all select as one object in object mode, and so I cannot give each sub-object a different material. I cannot figure out how to break them apart so that I can modify them individually (I think this is what I have to do). Could someone point me in the right direction.

it is that simple as pressing…P

This is a pretty common question. Just search here for separate and see.

example
http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=63814&highlight=separate+object

But, the manual wiki I didn’t have such luck. I found the join command, but nothing for separating objects.

http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/Manual/PartII/ObjectMode#Join

If you are meaning to just add multiple materials/colors though, and don’t really want to have them as totally different objects then check out this.

http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/Manual/PartIII/Multiple_Materials

Thanks!! I figured it was simple, but was lost. The manual is on it’s way. : )