I need to change the 3D viewport background color from the default gray to a higher-contrast color like white, but I can't seem to find an option to do so. This question has been asked and answered for other versions of Blender, but apparently not for 2.49b (i.e. the steps given don't match my interface, so I assume they're for different versions). How do I change the 3D viewport color in 2.49b?

Bonus question: how can I change the grid line color?

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    $\begingroup$ Do you really want answer for 2.49b version? Are there any special reasons for using such old version? Of course interface differs because there was significant change from 2,49 to 2.5x versions, both in interface and API $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 22:14
  • $\begingroup$ I am slowly learning to use the newer versions, but I'm most familiar with 2.49b and still use it for a lot of my projects. But you know what they say... old age is a bitch, and the gray background just isn't working for me anymore. $\endgroup$
    – MikeB
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 22:20
  • $\begingroup$ You'd do wise to invest your time learning a newer version. I can't even remember if that was configurable back then any more. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 0:06
  • $\begingroup$ @MikeB I was in your shoes once, I refused to ditch my years of learning the interface and outright waited a year to try 2.5! To ease the migration you can reorder the panels to have the now vertical sidebar at the bottom similar to 2.49. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 3:49

1 Answer 1


Expand the top Info window bar, navigate to the Theme tab, and press Add to create a new one.

From the menus make sure you pick 3D View, then choose Background and adjust the color from the sliders or the color picker as desired.

You can also adjust the grid color by picking Grid from the second dropdown.

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    $\begingroup$ wow! Now we can be archaeology.blender.stackechange! $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 0:27
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    $\begingroup$ Haha indeed! The zip file where this was archived had a considerable layer of dust over the icon. Bet this is the first answer about 2.49 here in a while. :D $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 0:32
  • $\begingroup$ Woot! Thank you Duarte. That GIF was especially helpful and much easier than trying to follow written directions. Kudos! $\endgroup$
    – MikeB
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 0:34
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    $\begingroup$ We debated having these on-topic and ultimately decided to leave them be since they are so rare. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 3:45
  • $\begingroup$ Thats a nice clean GIF, how did you make it? I always get lots of dithering using google image converter $\endgroup$
    – 3pointedit
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 7:20

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