I have a model I need to rotate around the center. I have put the 3D cursor in the center of the grid. I've hit the hot keys and selected "Origin to 3D cursor" but it does not move. At least not while my current object is selected.

If I unselect the current object it does it, but when I select the object again, it goes way back up into space again.

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    $\begingroup$ Can you post your .blend? $\endgroup$ May 6, 2016 at 22:17
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    $\begingroup$ Ctrl Shift Alt C moves the Object origin. I suspect you are trying to adjust the Manipulator, in which case try pressing . (period). $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    May 7, 2016 at 1:38
  • $\begingroup$ are you by any chance using a linux system? some desktop environment capture the alt key globally and interfere with programs that use it. $\endgroup$
    – user2816
    May 7, 2016 at 14:32

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you dont have to change the origin point to rotate around the 3D cursor, just change the pivot point in the 3D view header to "3D Cursor"

The Blender Reference Manual covers this here:


  • $\begingroup$ Incidentally, I was doing something stupid. I had left a lamp up in the sky beyond where I could see it. When I was selecting all, it was selecting it too and so it was putting the origin between my intended object and the lamp. Thanks for the answers, everyone. $\endgroup$ May 10, 2016 at 17:57

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