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Questions pertaining to changing Blender's default settings and user preferences.

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How can I reset my menus?

I accidentally opened too many menus (or windows) and I want to reset them to default. It is really annoying, and effecting my animation. Thanks
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Where can the viewport clipping parameters be changed?

Zooming in to inspect texture details in 3D view clips some closer faces like shown in the image. It's not the camera view so changing camera settings doesn't help. Where can the distance to the ...
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The “Info” bar on top disappeared and the mouse pointer is misaligned

I have a problem with Blenders UI. The "Info" bar on top disappeared and the mouse pointer is misaligned. I reinstalled Blender 2 times, deleted every leftover files but it still does the same thing. ...
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Is it possible to use the startup.blend UI layout in older files?

Is there a way to open files without changing the UI layout? Sometimes in older files the layout will be in the old 2.4x style, which can be annoying. One way would seem to be appending everything ...
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Can screen layouts or workspaces be locked?

Is there a way to lock screen layouts so that when you change them while working, such as by switching editors around or resizing them, those changes don't affect the original state of the active ...
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How would I import/export Blender's preferences?

I constantly stay up to date with each new release of Blender, but this means my preferences are wiped clean each time. How do I export/import these preferences to avoid loosing my carefully crafted ...
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Addons: Only some .zips will install

Why is it that if I go to install an add-on from User Preferences > Add-ons > Install from File... and choose a *.ZIP, some add-ons will install, while others will return me to the User Preferences ...
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Can I make a custom node from a group and have that available in other projects?

I've found some neat combinations of nodes to create certain effects, so I'd like to make them a group and then have that node available on my list of available nodes, even when I reload the startup ...
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How to setup Auto Save?

How do I get auto saves version saves / recovery to work? Blender 2.71 just lost 15-40 minutes of work when the whole PC crashed. I have auto save set to 1-2min. I check the 2 other versions saved ...
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Can I change default folder to save startup file (startup.blend and userpref.blend)?

When I used Blender, I pressed Ctrl+U (Save Startup File), the folder generated two files, startup.blend and userpref.blend. under ...
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How increase/decrease undo steps?

I've been working on a mesh in edit mode, and have done several hundred actions. After realizing I was clearly going in the wrong direction, I hit Ctrl+Z a bunch of times, but it only took me back 20-...
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How to change Blender's default startup settings?

How can I change Blender from the default cube/lamp/camera default setup? Also, is it possible to change other features, such as the default view direction (Top, Side, etc) or the Editor type (3D View,...
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Save Custom Layout in Blender 2.67b?

How can I save my custom layout in Blender 2.67b? Changing the name of the default layout, clicking the plus-sign to the right of it, and "Save User Settings" in User Preferences all don't work! Is ...
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How to add custom objects to the “add object” menu?

I want to add things like basic tables/chairs/houses I have made over the past year to my ShiftA menu. Is it possible to do this?
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How to show render-stamp for arbitrary values?

Is it possible to take arbitrary properties and display them in the render stamp as some other software do. (Click the image for larger version)
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How to change the snapping increment in different units?

I would like to know how to change the increments used for snapping transforms. This would be useful in a number of situations but my problem now is that when I change the units it does not scale the ...
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How to make Blender use Python2.x?

When Blender is installed, it creates its own copy of Python 3.x. However, I prefer to code in Python 2.x. This makes it difficult for me to work with newer versions of Blender. I would like to know ...
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How to emulate a Number Pad and 3 Button Mouse?

I have a MacBook Pro. Since it's a laptop, it does not have a number pad. It only has the numbers at the top of the keyboard. Can I emulate the number pad so that I can access the hot keys for top ...
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How do I reset UI panel zoom level?

I zoomed in / out of one of my UI panels and I can't figure out how to zoom back out/ in to get it normal size. How can I reset the zoom level of UI panels?
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Can the default font be changed?

I have been playing with the settings for the text object recently, and every time I add a new text object, I need to change the font to my favorite one. (Eurostile LT ExtendedTwo) Is there any way to ...
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Can I use a custom Splash screen?

The default Splash screens are cool, but I'd like to add some of my own work to remind me of how awesome I am (no, not really). Is it possible to customize/change the splash screen?
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How can I set and get the vertex color property?

I can't find a way to display RGB values (or equivalent) without using the python shell. I would like to get and set color values numerically (ie. not painting), I can't find it for weight painting ...
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How can I get back to Blender's default theme?

Even though I am relatively new to Blender I am recording a tutorial for a Blender exporter. I have been advised that I should use the Default colour scheme (for the UI). I have no idea which one that ...
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After updating to Blender 2.68 Driver Scripts are no longer automatically excecuted

When loading a .blend file the console window shows error messages like: ...
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Hotkey for selecting transform manipulator type

Is there a hotkey or shortcut to change the type of the active transform manipulator? This site lists CtrlAltG for translate CtrlAltR for rotation CtrlAltS for scale none of which work for me. Are ...
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How to disable the “Save Over” popup

I'm accustomed to saving frequently using Ctrl+S in Blender. Each time I do this, Blender pops up the "Save Over?" button, which I have to click (or press Enter). This gets in the flow of things. Is ...
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Is there a way to save preferences for import/exporters?

I often use the .fbx export plugin in Blender, and every time I must disable the apply scale and enable selected only options. I realise that not everyone wants these settings enabled by default, but ...
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How do I find the technical name for a function so I can assign a hotkey to it? [duplicate]

I'd like to assign hotkeys to certain actions, like for example "Extrude Individual Faces"? Is there a list of all possible commands somewhere? For example, in this picture "view3d....
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Will importing user preferences from version 2.79b to 2.80 work and is it a good idea?

So today I decided to join the hype and check 2.8 out even though I am the kind of person who does not like to try betas, because I hate change. And anyways I was already shocked by the difference of ...
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How to set the default vertex count to added geometry?

I wanted to know whether there is a way to set the default amount of vertices of added geometry (Such as default circles and cylinders) ? Changing the amount from 32 can get quite annoying as I am ...
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Object Positions Reset On Blender Load

So I am attempting to make a modular environment in Blender, so I'm modeling many pieces in one scene to make sure they all match up properly before separating them out. However, whenever I restart ...
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Is it possible to make the default scene fill two monitors at startup?

I know how to set up the default scene by pressing Ctrl+U, but whenever I startup Blender it always fills only one of my screens, even if I set it to fill both before setting the default scene. I end ...
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Config blender to save backup files in subfolder

Blender is by default config to save backup file from previous saves like .blender1, .blender2 and this is a good thing in case you mess up. What i want is to config blender to place this specific ...
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Adding a custom shortcut for sculpt mode

I read in the blender 2.6 wiki that there is no shortcut for sculpt mode. I would like to make Ctrl+Alt+Tab the shortcut to switch to sculpt mode, but based on the instructions for making new ...
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Transfer settings to new version of Blender

I use Mac OSX 10.9.5. A year ago, I downloaded 2.75a, and today, I downloaded version 2.77a. I downloaded both via .zip file from blender.org and dragged each into the Applications folder of my Mac. ...
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How to make the file manager default to sorting by modification date?

I often want to find files which I've modified recently, so I'd like to set the file manager to sort by modification date automatically. Is this possible?
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How to remove the default cube? [duplicate]

How do you remove the default cube that appears in the scene upon opening the software? I wish to start with a blank scene when opening Blender.
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Component Selection Distance

When selecting components, is there a way to control the "selection distance/area"? I don't want to select a component, even if I click ~20 pixels away from it. Thanks in advance!
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Every time I touch an object a full-render starts

I don't know what setting I switched, or what happened, but for some reason now every time I move, scale or rotate an object in the 3d View - blender starts a render. I am not talking about the 3d ...
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How can I make it so that objects only move with widget / text entry?

I constantly move objects / models in tiny increments without noticing. How can I make it so that I can only move objects deliberately! Through widgets or text entry, no accidental mouse dragging!
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How to add shortcut for 'Only Render'?

How can I add a shortcut for the 'Only Render' checkbox in the Display section of the Properties pane? I use the function a lot to get a better view on things and would save time if there was a ...
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Assign a shortcut to “Limit selection to visible” toggle

Where might this entry reside in the User Preferences > Input list? I would like to assign it to a key (using ver 2.69)
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Is it possible to make Blender prompt to save on exit?

Does Blender have a setting or addon that makes it prompt you to 'save unsaved changes' when you close the window like other applications? I cannot count the number of times I have lost small pieces ...
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How to define double shortcut like GG

I would like to define a shortcut that allows to call a custom translate function while translating. Like G for Vertex move and GG for vertex slide, my shortcut should allow G for Blender's translate ...
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Do I have to setup everything again after update? [duplicate]

I've got Blender version 2.68a and I'd like to update it, but I'm afraid that all of my setup will be deleted and I will have to set it again... Is there some way to keep all this stuff when I will be ...
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Multiple addons using the same name

I was trying to install the add-on Blam Master and for any reason was not showing up, and didn't show any action confirming the installation. I try to run it again an this error popped out: ...
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Is this SpaceNavigator issue a Blender problem or an OS/Driver problem?

On Windows I am able to use the 3Dconnexion Space Navigator just fine. I customized the functionality of the two side buttons. On a Mac, however, no matter what settings I change in the System ...
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How can I look up or create a shortcut?

The edge slide function for example is only available through edge tool menu (CtrlE) or the search tool (Space) When searching for "slide" in the preferences / input-tab no reference is found. When I ...
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How can I change Blender's theme?

I just downloaded blender and its very bright. I want it darker. How can I change the color of it?
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Way to color shade selected object

Is there possibility to get color overlay over selected object (in object mode). Just like when you select something in edit mode. Default indication is border over mesh, but this can be very unclear ...