So, I've noticed when you render something in version 2.8, it automatically opens a new window, and renders it on that. What I want to know is this: Is there anything special about this window, and is there a way to set it so that it renders it in the original window, like it did in version 2.79?


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You can set the Display Mode for the actual rendering in the User Prefrences > Interface Editors > Temporary Windows. If you'd like to get the old behavior back, set 'Render in' to 'Image Editor' or 'Keep User Interface' and save a new start-up file.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thx, @brockmann. So, is the reason it renders in a new window simply for convenience? $\endgroup$
    – RBlong2us
    Aug 9, 2019 at 16:28
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    $\begingroup$ The reason is that the artists at the blender institute got 2 screens to work with :) Not pretty sure... I think it's a general thing that as of 2.8x the guys flatten out that old ui paradigm working in one window and this is just one part of it. @RBlong2us $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Aug 9, 2019 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ Well, at least they still give you the option of working with one window. Thanks for the info. If any one thinks that there is another reason for there being a second window, I'd like to hear it. $\endgroup$
    – RBlong2us
    Aug 10, 2019 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think that's worth it, however you can always search for the actual commit at developer.blender.org to get more information @RBlong2us $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:21
  • $\begingroup$ ah, I was just curious. $\endgroup$
    – RBlong2us
    Aug 12, 2019 at 14:26

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