I made a customized startup.blend with nodegroups and other assets I use a lot by appending the appropriate data blocks from other files, then pressing CtrlU.

However, now when I press ShiftF1 to append in a new file, the file browser opens in the last blendfile I appended from when I set up my default .blend.

I would like it to not open in any blendfile, just in the default directory (By default I mean the one which appears when you press CtrlO in a new file).

Is there a way to explicitly define what directory should be opened when I press ShiftF1?

I tried pressing ShiftF1, navigating to the directory I would like to default, and pressing Append, but I get the error Not a Library, obviously because I have not selected a blendfile. Even if I save the default .blend after doing this, it will not overwrite the previously saved default location for appending.

How can I fix this?

  • $\begingroup$ Using a favourite folder takes "only" one more click. Could be a workaround for you. $\endgroup$
    – Gunslinger
    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Gunslinger I guess that is what I will do if there is no way around, but it is still quite annoying.. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Sep 18, 2013 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ See discussion on blender bug tracker: projects.blender.org/tracker/… $\endgroup$
    – CodeManX
    Oct 1, 2013 at 23:51

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It's possible to let it start in a certain directory from script: bpy.ops.wm.link_append('INVOKE_AREA', directory="C:\\tmp")

Hence, it's possible to bind a key combination for that as well. You can simply edit the existing Shift+F1 binding:

Set default path for link/append operator

Set search type to Key-Binding, search for "Shift F1", expand the entry and pick a directory.

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    $\begingroup$ Note that 2.68a has a bug where selecting any paths from the keymap editor can crash, This has been fixed and will be working in 2.69 (or any recent build). $\endgroup$
    – ideasman42
    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:07

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