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Is it possible to create something like a "visibility group" to toggle hiddenness on and off for many many many objects at once? Layers are great and all, but....

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You can select a number of objects, and key Ctrl + G to add them to a new group. Then, whenever you want to hide them, key Shift + G to open the Select Grouped menu and select Group.

Key H to hide them and Alt + H to unhide all hidden objects.

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Additionally, you can clear the group from any or all of the objects by selecting 1 or more and keying Ctrl + Alt + G. You can also add more objects to the group. Do this by selecting the objects that you want to add, selecting an object that is part of the group, and keying Shift + Ctrl + G.

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Hope this helps and happy Blending!

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  • $\begingroup$ I use this often as replacement for layers in my scenes. Additionally you can quickly toggle visibility for entire groups in one click from an Outliner set to Groups option $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Sep 29 '16 at 23:15
  • $\begingroup$ Eh.... So OK: In 3 years I've found one thing Maya does better.... but I can live with this! $\endgroup$ – rcgauer Sep 29 '16 at 23:37
  • $\begingroup$ @rcgauer Well, if you've only found 1 thing Maya does better in 3 years, Blender is doing pretty good :) Thanks for accepting. $\endgroup$ – Shady Puck Sep 30 '16 at 3:00
  • $\begingroup$ Or you can send the group to a hidden layer, add an instance to it (Add > Group). The instance behaves like a single object so no need to select all each time. $\endgroup$ – qwazix Sep 30 '16 at 6:47
  • $\begingroup$ @qwazix Read the question. He doesn't like layers. $\endgroup$ – Shady Puck Sep 30 '16 at 10:55

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