Sorry this is so long but here goes…
(1#) How do I minimize blender or temporarilly get it out of my way so that I can see my desktop instead of having to shut it down each time?. I don’t really want to be in the -w (windowed) mode because the lower portion of my desktop partially obscures the Blender screen.
(2#) How do you completly start over with a new project and delete everything from the screen, memory, buffer, etc?. In other words, a “fresh start”.
(3#) When I right-click on a block/model, instead of all four points on the corners (“vertices”?) turning yellow, only one does and then when I choose TRANSFORM>GRAB>MOVE and try to move it, it only grabs the one yellow corner and tries to stretch it. How do I select (and work with) the entire model?. I believe I experienced this in the edit mode.
(4#) How do I join children (“gluing”)?.
(5#) I’m assuming that “vertices” are the little yellow points/dots located at each joint or corner. Assuming I have the language right, how do I add “vertices” (ie; “yellow dots”) to non-joint areas like the very top of a box, the sides or the middle of an edge, etc so that I can stretch/form it into the shape I want?
(6#) Could someone please tell me step-by-step (in simple terms) how to create two separate block starting from scratch?. I’ve finally had some limited success but I’m not “there” just yet. At the moment, I’m clicking on NEW>DELETE ERASE ALL and then going into the OBJECT mode and then selecting ADD>MESH>CUBE to create a single cube on the screen. Next, I’m going back into the OBJECT mode and repeating this process so that I have two cubes. Then, I’m going MESH>TRANSFORM>GRAB>MOVE and moving the first cube out from behind the original one. Then I go into the object mode, right-click on the cube I want to work with, go back into the edit mode, click on that little box icon with a yellow dot on each corner and from the “links and materials” panel in the bottom-left corner I type in “cube1” (to give my currently-selected box a name) and click on the “select” and “assign” buttons", etc. My biggest question is, should I fill out BOTH sections (ME:cube and OB:cube) or what exactly am I supposed to be doing here?. This is the part that confuses me more than anything right now.
I feel like a midget amongst giants here. A lot of you are obviously seasoned veterans at this 3D stuff but I am a complete novice and there seems to be a substantially high learning curve involved - it sort of feels like the very first time I got on the “net” and asked someone “um…could someone please tell me how to create a hyperlink?”. I guess we all have to start somewhere. I’ve spent the morning downloading video tutorials to try and train my feeble mind how to use this program (they look pretty good).
(7#) Finally, I noticed that all of my previous paths, settings, themes, etc are completely gone. I was clicking on various items in the menus this morning and am wondering if I’ve somehow “reset” everything back to the defaults. Is this possible?. Thanks again and sorry that this is so long-winded.