I was toggling between layout views (Default, Animation, etc) and I accidentally got this:


I don't know how to simply restore the "Default" layout... or any layout. Many of the interface elements are gone and I was able to bring back some by clicking "maximize area" in one of the tool bars

So, anyone knows a way of restoring the default layout without using the layout button? thanks in advance!

(I've tried searching and apparently no-one had this problem before...)

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    $\begingroup$ @invincente What about the "Back to previous" button in the top left corner? $\endgroup$ – Turbo Dec 30 '13 at 18:50
  • $\begingroup$ it serves another purpose, is for enabling/disabling just that toolbar $\endgroup$ – invicente Dec 30 '13 at 19:05
  • $\begingroup$ Please could you upload your .blend file? Thanks ;) $\endgroup$ – Turbo Dec 30 '13 at 19:20
  • $\begingroup$ If you don't have any work to save, try File>Load factory settings. $\endgroup$ – Gunslinger Dec 30 '13 at 21:02
  • $\begingroup$ You can use Ctrl+LeftArrow and Ctrl+RightArrow to switch layouts. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 30 '13 at 22:56

You have toggled the 'current' space (whichever part of the interface the cursor was in) to be full screen (Ctrl+).

Press Ctrl+ or the Back to previous button that has appeared in the top toolbar (next to Render, Window, Help etc) to restore the space to it's previous size.

  • $\begingroup$ @invicente Please could you upload your .blend file? Thanks ;) $\endgroup$ – Turbo Dec 30 '13 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks!, but it doesn't work. Im afraid because it's a problem with layouts selection. Right before this problem i selected a weird layout named something like "Animation.0001" (this was the complete coment,sorry) $\endgroup$ – invicente Dec 30 '13 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ (how do i upload it?) $\endgroup$ – invicente Dec 30 '13 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ @invicente Are you there? $\endgroup$ – Turbo Dec 30 '13 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ In the top left, click on "Stackexchange" and then, next to Blender Stack Exchange, click on chat. Send me a message like this @TimTimmy Hi! $\endgroup$ – Turbo Dec 30 '13 at 20:36

Hey Guys I finally solved it:

First i selected "Load Factory Settings" wich started a new normal file. But at this point, if I was to open the file i was working on, it would load the same way, no menus, no viewports, etc.

So, instead, in the new file, I went to User Preferences/File and unchecked "Load UI".

Then I opened my file and now it loaded normally.

Thanks for your help anyway!

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    $\begingroup$ You don't need to disable Load UI in the User prefs, there is a check box in the file browser when you are opening a file. It's under File Browser > Tool shelf (N) > Open Blender file > Load UI. It should be on the lower right. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 31 '13 at 0:48

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