# How to copy objects in Blender without copying their materials?

Need to copy objects from one layer to another in the same scene, but sometimes also one scene to another.

I use Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V for this a lot, but problem is now there are 5 copies of around 20 materials.

EG: Material1, Material1.001, Material1.002, Material1.003, Material1.004, etc

Another post said to duplicate the objects instead, then move them to another layer. But couldn't see how to do that for scenes, and prefer using Ctrl + C/V. Is there a setting or way to stop copying the materials but still copy objects using that method.

Don't want to link the objects either. Want unique, standalone copies of the objects. But only one instance of each material.

• Jul 20 '16 at 22:05
• As far as I know there is no native direct way of doing this through the UI alone, only through scripting Jul 20 '16 at 22:12
• Don't know the first thing about scripting so not workable for me, at this stage. Your link above explains how to at least clean up the problem, if no one else knows how to prevent the problem w/o scripting. Thanks. Jul 20 '16 at 22:34
• You can create linked duplicates instead of full ones of object (Alt+D); then make linked dupe use different object and mesh datablock. Same with moving them between scenes. No way to do what you want using exactly Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V. Jul 20 '16 at 22:37
• Possible duplicate of Disable Material Duplication Jul 21 '16 at 0:55