I have been having problems with blender recently where I will open a new project and all of a sudden I can rotate or pan.

I can still zoom and the issue usually just stops after I change views a couple of times, however today I opened a new file and the problem won't go away.

I am using a 3 button mouse, and these are my user preferences:

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    $\begingroup$ Try File->Load Factory Setings. Or reinstall blender. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Commented May 25, 2015 at 18:54
  • $\begingroup$ I tried Load factory settings and it still doesn't work $\endgroup$
    – Danny
    Commented May 25, 2015 at 20:32
  • $\begingroup$ Ok so I did Load factory settings a couple times again and on the 5th or so try it worked, but its really sluggish and unresponsive. $\endgroup$
    – Danny
    Commented May 25, 2015 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ I think it's a bug. I have had the same problem countless times and my only solution is relaunching, restarting or reinstalling. $\endgroup$
    – Ulf Aslak
    Commented May 25, 2015 at 20:43

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After exploring other options with view locking and having no results, I finally found a setting in my User Preferences under the Interface tab called Auto Depth.

Checking this seemed to allow me to pan and rotate again. I am not sure how it got unchecked, but if all else fails, might as well try before performing a reset.


  • $\begingroup$ this was also my problem in 2.83 $\endgroup$
    – JE42
    Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 9:28

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