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I have never been able to tell if I could break glass and get it back (like dirt, wood, cobblestone etc). Is this possible at all? I am playing version 1.6.2.

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With regular tools? No; once you place a glass block/pane and hit it with regular tools or your fist - it shatters and you get nothing.

However, if you have a tool enchanted with silk touch, glass blocks and panes will drop their respective item pickups (silk touch also allows you to get other fancy stuff from various blocks - like mycelium, grass, huge mushroom blocks, ore blocks, and glowstone).

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Glowstone, too. –  shanodin Jul 29 '13 at 5:55
    
wow thanks. i didn't know that. –  user52788 Jul 29 '13 at 6:01
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And most importantly, ice! –  Xeo Jul 29 '13 at 10:24
    
But not spawners. –  Timtech Jul 29 '13 at 11:46
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@user52788 - If this answer has helped you, you can mark it as 'accepted' by clicking the checkmark beneath this answer's vote count. This awards the answerer and yourself with some extra rep, and helps show future visitors what worked for you, should they have the same problem :) –  Robotnik Jul 29 '13 at 12:40
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