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I am using Blender 2.75a, and usually use the handles very often to create a workspace that is relevant to the models I am creating.

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However, I have recently downloaded models that were placed for free on the internet, and I was surprised to see that when opening some models, the windows of Blender (still the same 2.75a version) didn't have handles, which was making it hard to work.

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Were they disabled by the person who made these models, or did these handles appear later? In any case, is there a toggle that turns them on/off?

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It could be a maximized area.... try pressing Shift+space, Ctrldown, or Ctrl↑ Up

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  • $\begingroup$ ctrl + down made the windows move (OS X feature called control center I think) but shift + space worked. Any idea why when I click render, instead of doing the render in one of the existing workspaces, it does it in a new "maximized area"? Is this a setting? (feel free to add to your good answer) $\endgroup$ – MicroMachine Nov 20 '15 at 9:06
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    $\begingroup$ @fabriced unless your questions are directly related, please ask new (different) questions on a new post. $\endgroup$ – cegaton Nov 21 '15 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ @fabriced: read blender.stackexchange.com/questions/33558/… $\endgroup$ – cegaton Nov 21 '15 at 5:27
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When downloading and opening projects from other people you can force blender to use your default layout and ignore the one the file was saved with.

Use File-> Open (or CtrlO) to open the file, but make sure to disable the Load UI option:

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The blend file will then open with the interface you are familiar with...

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