I think I pressed an unintended keyboard shortcut and this cursor thing


in 3D view disappeared. What is the name of it and how to get it back?

I am already in object mode, not in edit mode.


From the comment, it seems that it is called "manipulator". However, pressing Ctrl+Space does not show it.

  • $\begingroup$ Ctrl + Space is the shortcut for hiding and showing the manipulator $\endgroup$ – TLousky Aug 16 '15 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ You can turn it on and off from the UI as well: blender.org/manual/getting_started/basics/transformations/… $\endgroup$ – TLousky Aug 16 '15 at 13:11
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    $\begingroup$ Pros call it widget or just thingy ;) $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny Aug 16 '15 at 18:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Jerryno lol, pros don't know the name because they don't use it. It just gets in the way of what you're trying to click on, and keyboard shortcuts are faster. :-p But back in the day it helped me understand the concept of a selection's Median Point. $\endgroup$ – Mentalist Mar 30 '16 at 4:39

It looks like I have disabled all manipulators like this:

Manipulators disabled

in which case pressing Ctrl+Space does not have an effect.

Turning on at least one of them like this:

Manipulators enabled

brings the manipulator back.

Hovering over the item does not show a keyboard shortcut, so it must have been a mis-Shift-click instead of an unintended keyboard shortcut.

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