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Like 80 windows

I have about 80 windows splits currently open, but I can't figure out why they wont close. I tried Googling. I read the documentation, but the little corner grabbers don't seem to work.

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  • $\begingroup$ @gandalf3 I read this article, the windows simply will not all join, surely there is a better way? $\endgroup$ – user1205336 Dec 17 '14 at 2:40
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    $\begingroup$ Make sure you drag them out of the window they are in to close. Another way to close view areas is by right clicking on the border between areas, and selecting Join area. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 17 '14 at 2:40
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    $\begingroup$ Note that you can't join areas that have areas in them, so you'll have to start on the smaller areas and work your way up. Though at this point you might be better of reloading the .blend with Load UI disabled, just to get back to a clean starting point. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 17 '14 at 2:42
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How to close view panels is well covered elsewhere. However in your particular case I would recommend clearing out the UI layout completely and starting from a clean setup.

To do this, save and re-open your .blend with Load UI disabled. You can disable Load UI persistently, by deselecting the option in ⎈ Ctrl⎇ AltU> User Preferences > File, or temporarily, by deselecting the option available while opening a .blend:

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Also note that opening a .blend with Load UI disabled will keep the current layout, so to get back to the default you will have to load your startup .blend (⎈ CtrlN) first. Or if you want the default default, press File > Load factory settings before opening your .blend with Load UI disabled.

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You can join windows very simply by right clicking on the edge between them enter image description here Click on join windows enter image description here Move the mouse to the side that you want merged

then click and it will have merged. enter image description here

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