I am new with blender and the problem that I have is that whenever I import a .3ds file, I can only see the file. Is there a way to modify this files using blender?
Have you selected it with your curser. More info is needed to help. Screenshots, post your blend file to http://www.pasteall.org/blend/, link to your 3ds file. Is there a particular reason why you are using a 3ds format ?
Also please use the support forums for support questions.