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

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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 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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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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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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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 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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Tips and Tricks with using blender with one hand

Long story short, I was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma. I had surgery to remove one of the tumors and because of the surgery, I am paralyzed in my left arm. Hopefully, it's only temporary. I ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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Is there a way to disable the grid in orthographic view?

I'd like to ask about grid lines in orthographic views. Can we somehow disable them from drawing? Right now I have to turn on "Render Only" which is not the best solution.
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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 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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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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Short-cut for “cursor to selected”

Can I program a direct short-cut (keyboard) for the functions "cursor to selected" and "selection to cursor"? Couldn't find them under the User Preference/Input tab. I know they're under Shift+S, but ...
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How to remove personal data from a blend file

How can I remove personal data from a .blend file? I was asked to upload a .blend file in order to reproduce the issue. I ...
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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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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 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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Open Blender maximized by default

On my PC when I open Blender I always need to manually press maximize button on the window. Is this just something on my PC or is this how Blender starts? Is there anything I can do so that it's ...
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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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Where can I change the background color of the notification in the Info header?

I'm using a theme, but I can't find the settings of this message which is almost unreadable. In the User Preferences / Theme / Info-tab are only a few colors to configure. I also searched in the User ...
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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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What's the difference between the various Open Subdiv compute types?

It seems there are 5 different available "compute types". what are these compute types? What's the difference between them?
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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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Emulated Numpad Mapping - Numpad Period?

By trial and error I have found that in Blender v2.7 on a laptop with emulated numpad set, \ represents Numpad / (forward slash). Which key represents Numpad . (period)?
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How can noodles (the lines that connect nodes) be changed from straight to curved lines?

Unitl now I haven't found the option to enable the curved representation of connectors between nodes. The documentation doesn't mention such an option. Is there a keyboard shortcut?
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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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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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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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How to change icon in Add Object menu?

It has always bugged me that Blender add-ons (in this case the Sapling add-on for generating trees) have a wall socket as their icon in the Add menu, instead of something more custom. I would like to ...
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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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Color of spline in 3d view

Is there a way to change the color of a curve object in 3D view? (change the black lines only for this object to green). I've got over 1000 curves generated by a python script and would like to ...
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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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Is there some way to increase the thickness of the outline around selected objects?

I'm visually handicapped, and am finding it very difficult sometimes to see which object, of many, in a scene is the "selected" one as The line/halo surrounding it is very thin. Is there a setting in ...
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How to identify a keymap conflict?

I can't access the Clipping Border command (Alt+B) with my standard Blender setup. When I load factory settings everything works okay, so I presume there must be an addon that conflicts with this ...
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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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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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Is there any way to save my screen layouts across projects?

I want to save my screen layouts like "Default", "Scripting", "Animation", etc. across projects. Meaning that if I update it one place, it will update across all projects (just like how changing "user ...
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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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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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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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Can I confirm knife action with mouse, or other key than Enter?

Can I confirm knife actions with the mouse, or some other key than Enter? Going all the way to Enter breaks the flow in a way that's inconsistent with blender's philosophy.
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Can themes be exported and imported?

If I create a theme, can I export it for import later or for distribution?
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How can toolbar transparency be modified?

Transparent toolbar functionality was released in 2.66, how do I enable transparent toolbars and how can I modify how transparent they are? Seen here: http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Ref/...
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Animation: customize bounce interpolation

I want to animate a plane falling onto the ground. It’s good to have the bounce interpolation however you are quite limited when you want to customize it, for example adding more smaller bounces to ...
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How can I name a layer?

Can I name the layers with customized names, or something like that? If not, is it possible to add different colors to every single box?