I made a rig for a model of a dragon and for some reason,
when I go into Edit Mode, some of the bones disappear:

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I don't know if this is relevant or not, but I created the rig using the standard release of 2.69, but now I'm using the standard version of 2.70.

Here is my blend file.

  • $\begingroup$ @CoDEmanX Is this really a feature or is it a bug? It seems more like a bug that was mistaken for a feature to me. Do you know for sure? $\endgroup$ Apr 26, 2014 at 14:33

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Unhide Bones

Your bones were hidden. To unhide them, once in Edit mode press ALTH and your bones will be back!

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Hidden Bones are only Hidden in Specific Modes

It is worth noting that bones hidden in one mode may be visible in another mode, and vice-versa. Here is an explanation from the Blender Manual:

Note that hidden bones are specific to a mode – i.e. you can hide some bones in Edit mode, they will still be visible in Pose mode, and vice-versa. Hidden bone in Pose mode are also invisible in Object mode. And in Edit mode, the bone to hide must be fully selected, not just his root or tip…

  • $\begingroup$ You saved me from submitting a bug report! Thanks! $\endgroup$ Apr 26, 2014 at 4:43

ALT + H did not work for me.

I used "/" on the numpad instead and that worked.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to bse, Augi. "/" on the numpad is local mode toggle, and has nothing to do with hiding / un-hiding bones. $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Mar 26, 2018 at 10:30
  • $\begingroup$ Well, explain to me why ALT + H did not work and why "/" worked? Doesn't matter what it's "intended" for, what matters is it helped me solve my problem and I shared it in hopes of helping someone else who runs into a similar issue. $\endgroup$ Mar 27, 2018 at 22:37
  • $\begingroup$ I dont understand it either. Alt H should work. Same problem and / worked for me too. Alt H didnt. $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2018 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ It does matter what the tool is intended for. Alt+H and Numpad / do entirely different functions. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Apr 17, 2018 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ Alt + H did not work for me and "/" solved my problem. That is all I know. $\endgroup$ Apr 25, 2018 at 23:29

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