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I am editing an object, use local transform orientation.

Here it is

local transform orientation

Why is not Z, the blue arrow pointing "screen upwards"?

That would make life so my easier!

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  • $\begingroup$ As it's seen on the screenshot you probably rolled the viewport with everything there, see blender.stackexchange.com/questions/15049/…. In this case Z could be pointing upwards but you will see like it doesn't. Generally it is useful to use Normal transform orientation or create a custom one and move along them. $\endgroup$ – Mr Zak Jun 21 '17 at 21:48
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World Transform and Local Transform exists for reasons.

You can reset/apply your object's transform to make your Local Z axis pointing upward. But there is no way to lock Z axis to point upward. What you can try is to move/rotate your object's mesh in Edit mode, in there, your rotation/move operations won't change the local axis's orientation.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow, that is depressing. The rotation contains information that I just dont want to change. I do not want to rotate the object in edit mode, because I do not want to rotate the object! Just to edit it with a locked axis. $\endgroup$ – Anders Lindén Jun 21 '17 at 21:20
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if I actually understood your question correctly. Were you asking about whether it's normal to have the 3Dview Grids and Z pointing at that direction as your image showed, or are you actually asking about the Local Z axis aligning with the world Z axis. The world Z always points upward. Unless you rotate your view in a weird way. $\endgroup$ – TeaCrab Jun 21 '17 at 23:00
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    $\begingroup$ You can align the view's orientation so that it matches that of your objects local coordinates. Select the object and press shift+numpad 1, 3, or 7 $\endgroup$ – cegaton Jun 22 '17 at 0:04
  • $\begingroup$ I need to edit my object having Z pointing upwards. Else, I feel very clumsy. $\endgroup$ – Anders Lindén Jun 22 '17 at 6:31
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    $\begingroup$ I'm amused I even got 4 upvotes then. My answer is completely irrelevant to what you are asking after all. Facepalm. $\endgroup$ – TeaCrab Jun 22 '17 at 13:45

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