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Material slots menu: copy material and copy to selected work different
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System Information
Operating system: Windows-7-6.1.7601-SP1 64 Bits
Graphics card: GeForce GTX 660 Ti/PCIe/SSE2 NVIDIA Corporation 4.5.0 NVIDIA 456.71

Blender Version
Broken: version: 2.93.0 Alpha, branch: master, commit date: 2021-02-02 23:17, hash: rB2ce1400297d7

Short description of error

Copy and paste material actually work as copy of all data from one material to another.
Copy to selected do not work as copy, it acts like material linking/referencing

Event Timeline

This behavior is old.
I believe that this is more a documentation issue.
The name has already been changed once in rB7d765eca13cd: UI: Rename Copy Material to Others to Copy Material to Selected..
Would "Copy Material List to Selected Objects" be more appropriate?

I'm not sure if this should be confirmed as a bug.

@Germano Cavalcante (mano-wii) Copy material with icon it is «Copy material settings to buffer». Not a «Copy material datablock to slot»
But «Copy to selected» is «link all material datablocks to slots».

If it is not a bug, it is wrong and confusing naming.

I suggest «Copy material settings», «Paste material settings», «Link all materials to selected»

«Copy material to selected» call this operator.

And there is two variants: it`s naming wrong because it copies ALL slots instead one. Or it work wrong and copy all instead one.

Philipp Oeser (lichtwerk) changed the task status from Needs Triage to Confirmed.Tue, Feb 16, 7:24 PM

I have to agree this is misleading (both singular vs. plural as well as copy vs. link).

Will confirm.