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How can I change Blender from the default cube/lamp/camera default setup? Also, is it possible to change other features, such as the default view direction (Top, Side, etc) or the Editor type (3D View, Node Editor, Graph Editor, etc)?

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File > Defaults > Save Startup File (also bound to Ctrl + U in the 2.7x keymap) will save your current settings and setup as the default startup view, meaning it will set everything as the default including the current view(s), whatever data is loaded (images, models), and the User Interface. This overrides the startup .blend file found in the config folder and can be used on another machine or similar version of Blender.

screenshot showing the Save Startup File and Load Factory Settings options in File > Defaults

You can revert back to the factory defaults at any time by using File > Defaults > Load Factory Settings.

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    $\begingroup$ see related blender.stackexchange.com/questions/78/… $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ In Blender 2.8, it's: File -> Defaults -> Save Startup File, and File -> Defaults -> Load Factory Settings. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 3:35

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