I split my screen into two by using the vertical split function and when I merged the two screens the materials/colors on my mesh’ disappeared and I can’t get them back. When I merged the two screens I did the mistake by dragging the screen without color onto the one without color.

I have restarted Blender afterwards in hopes that I would be able to apply materials to the mesh - but without any luck.

Also I can see I have 4 materials for the plane and have tried to delete it, but I don’t know how.

Do any one know how I can fix it? enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ you are in Solid mode (second of the 4 spheres on the top right of your 3D view), switch to another viewport shading mode $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Jun 29, 2021 at 11:02

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Your problem ocurs because you are in Solid View Mode and not Material View Mode.

To change view mode go to the top rigth corner of the Viewport with the diferent textured balls (See the image bellow) To see your materials change it to the third mode.

Zoom in into View Mode buttons:

Zoom in into View Mode buttons

Material View Mode:

Material View Mode

Object View Mode:

Material View Mode

And to delete materials:

Go to the Outliner (the place on the rigth side where it shows your objects, cameras, and ligths) and change the mode from View Layer to Blender File


Then navigate to the Materials folder and delete the unwanted materials (Here you can't delete X like with objects, so rigth click and choose delete).

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you very much for your answer! Solved my problem :) $\endgroup$
    – Maaske
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 8:33

You have the viewport set to display in Solid mode (1). Click the icon to the right (2 - Material Preview) to show you colours/materials. enter image description here

It's not clear what you mean by your second question. Maybe post a new question with an image showing the issue.


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