Using Cycles, "Add Nodes" checked, "Object Data" selected, already pressed numpad "0" and also "Home". See screencap below.

How do I get the material visible on the material tab to show its nodes in the node window? Also, the material dropdown under nodes is greyed.

I'm using "Gold Material for Cycles" from Blendswap, so I'm trying to figure out someone else's file.


  • $\begingroup$ The nodes might be off screen. Pan around a bit with moddle mouse button or zoom out a lot, you might find them $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2018 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ I did, also pressed numpad 0 and home. $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2018 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ I've downloaded the file myself. The material is locked because of the button to the right of "Use Nodes". It currently looks like 2 overlapping circles. Try unchecking that. For me the materials do show up in the node tree, strangely enough $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2018 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ That solved it, IAmGettingTiredOfAliases. Thanks. $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2018 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ Cheers, glad I could help! $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2018 at 21:46

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This is probably because the material is locked in the node editor. Click the two overlapping circles to unlock the material!


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