I open Blender and set Render to Cycles. I have downloaded many materials to my computer. To use them in a project I Append and choose a file with materials and append 9 or 10 materials. They show up and I apply chosen ones to my models. I save my project and close. I start a new project and go to choose a material and there are no materials in the file. Why don't the materials that I appended before stay there? Do I have to do this process every time I start a new project or is there a way to keep the materials I appended? The projects are not related but I would like to have all materials available without having to Append in every new project.
Keep in mind that I am new. Is it possible that Append isn't what I'm looking for? whatever way I need, my point is to get materials into Blender so that they are always available. Thank you.