To debug a messy material node setup in Cycles, I want to remove one link between certain nodes, then restore it when I'm done putzing around. Being absent-minded, I don't trust myself to remember.

Is there some easy way to turn off a link temporarily, making it as if it weren't there, without actually deleting it?

Whatever trick there is to do this, it should be visually obvious, so I can see that the link is disabled.

I'm using Cycles for materials right now, but I assume what I'm trying to do could apply to anything using a nodes editor.

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    $\begingroup$ You can mute nodes by pressing M. Is that what you are looking for? $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, I didn't know that! Useful, definitely. Still want to know about muting one link, though. $\endgroup$
    – DarenW
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 18:57
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think there's an operator to mute a link, but links can be muted, so creating an operator could be possible. In python one would just set link.is_muted = True. $\endgroup$
    – Secrop
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 11:22

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press m to mute (disable) the node


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