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The File Browser is generally used to read and write files. You can also use it to manage the entire file system and it also allows the internal structure of a .blend file to be browsed.

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What does Save As Render do to the image when saving it?

So you render your image in cycles, and then go to save it, then in the bottom left corner is options, and both ticked are save as copy and save as render, and I'm wondering what "save as render" does?...
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How to create a Folder/File Dialog?

So I need to allow the user of my script to choose a directory that contains images, and then run my script on each image. I already have my script made here. I looked at this question already, but ...
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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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What is the difference between 'Save as' and 'Save copy'?

When I want to save a copy of my blend file, I know two options: File > Save as File > Save copy What is the difference of the two? And after I press them I see the same result, except difference ...
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How to re-link missing blender files

I have multiple characters linked to a blender file, but i moved the original character files and now blender is sating they're missing. Is it possible to get blender to find the missing blender ...
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Rename folder/file in blender file browser?

Is it possible to rename a folder in the blender file browser? How about a file?
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Blender file Dialogue window always hides suggested folders, how to show by default?

Whenever I open up the file dialogue, to find an image, install an addon etc... Blender always has my suggested folders hidden, and i have to manually grab pane splitter, dragging down the bottom one ...
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Patch for Non-ASCII Characters

My OS (WIN7) uses non ASCII characters in the file system. Doesn't have to, but does. I know in general it's not a great idea, but some of my directories have names which use these characters. ...
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How do you change the default directory for saving/opening files?

When saving my projects the default directory sometimes opens to C:\ but I have my blender projects saved in my ...
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Where did my file Save to?

I'm using the Blender Video Editor. I finished, rendered it, and went to open the file, but I do not know where my file saved to! I want it to be saved as a video file and I would like to know where ...
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how to mark as one asset an object with separated parts?

Can someone help me please? I want to add one of my model to the blender's new asset browser (blender 3.0.0), but the model is made from multiple parts. For example i have a katana that has a blade ...
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Is there a way to merge multiple blend files?

I have around 100 separate .blend files that have one material each, is there a way to merge the materials from all of these blend files into one? I am trying to do this to add the materials into the ...
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Popup Dialog StringProperty File Icons Do Nothing

The dialog above is created with the code below. When I click on the file icon (see red arrow), nothing happens. Is there a proper way to get these to just work or at least point to a custom operator ...
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Is it possible to delete folders in Blender's file view?

It's possible with files (right-click, x key, click "Delete" to confirm), but I haven't gotten it to work with directories yet. In case it changes anything, I'm ...
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How do I get blender to stop creating so many files?

I have a problem naming files. I tend to name them crazy things because I don't feel like naming them properly when in a hurry. Anyways, I am very used to photoshop, and just about every other ...
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bpy/file browser: get selected file names

Is there a way in bpy to get a list of all selected files from the file browser? I have this code, but it is only for the active file selection: ...
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Getting to a file easily/quickly in blender's file browser

I have become used to the convenience of the following when searching for and opening a file in Windows (7) Start typing the name of the file into an edit box and have files beginning with the same ...
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Some fonts are not showing up

I am trying to use a font called DIN Medium, which is a Postscript font, in Blender. However, when I browse, I cannot see the font listed in the folder: Are my eyes failing me, or are some font ...
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How to open a file from network location?

My working directory is on a network location. Within Blenders file browser I can only choose between hard disks at the moment: How can I access blend-files or images on a network location? I am ...
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How to use the File Browser's (with ImportHelper) execute function?

I now have the file browser, and I've found out how to load the texture into the node but not from the file browser. I have to type the file path in manually, and I had to put it in a different class ...
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Options Missing from File browser

This has happened before, but I can't figure out how to fix it. Where are the options for the UV layout export that are usually on the left side of the screen?
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How can I adjust background color of blendfile previews?

Before Blender 2.74, the background of Blender files (not the 3D View, not the rendered picture, but previews in the Windows file manager) have matched the Horizon-Color setting in Blender Render (...
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Why can't I drag files from File Explorer in VSE?

I am trying to drag files from a view with the File Explorer into the Sequencer view of the Video Sequence Editor. However, my mouse drag only selects multiple files instead of dragging. I've tried ...
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How use spaces instead of underscores in file names?

I'm referring to this "feature" https://developer.blender.org/T45900 It was not happening before, but it is now, and it is messing up the structure of some folders I previously created. Is there a ...
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How do I get a user defined filepath in Blender with python?

I have to allow users of my addon to select a path via the directory browser window of blender. Instead of using this I used Operator in panel to get the folder path from user as follows I tried ...
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How to have color in your blend file preview

So I am suffering from a TREMENDOUS amount of Blender files! I currently have about 1000 on my machine and organizing these in certain folders helps a little but it does not really solve the issue. I ...
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How to show Blender thumbnails in Linux (Ubuntu)

I have installed the 2.8 version of blender through steam Ubuntu. Location in /home/myusername/games/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/Blender. I can not understand ...
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File browser filter not working correctly

I'm writing a python script which can open multiple files and I want to filter certain file extensions. This code is working perfectly fine: ...
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Can we set any specific folder in file browser of blender?

I have made the specific folder save folder for blender. Now every time I want to save a new project I have to manually visit that folder to save the project. Can I just set the folder in blender file ...
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How to save multiple baked textures?

I am making different sets of baked textures for multiple objects and it takes a very long time to save them one by one for each set. Is there a way to save all baked textures in batch process?
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Blender 2.76 - Stop adding underscores? [duplicate]

I upgraded my version of blender to 2.76, and to my horror, quickly discovered it replaces spaces in the file names with underscores. Is there a way I can turn this off? Even a script would do!
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Use Blender's file browser via python, without a UI panel

I am trying to run a script that prompts the user for a desired directory and file name for export. Ideally, this script would be run from the File -> Export menu and pop up a file browser window ...
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How to dynamically determine which file is selected programmatically in the File Browser Editor?

My question is not about the File Browser modal window, but about the Editor. I found this other question that shows how to get the selected files from the ...
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How can I make the file manager default to only list blend files?

I have to open up a lot of blend files in a row which are living in the same folder along with a lot of folders. When I open up the file browser I get a long list of folders first and have to scroll ...
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Blender 2.8 - show hidden files in file browser?

I'm working on Blender installed on Ubuntu 20.04. I installed my fonts using the Typecatcher in order to get Google Web Fonts. Typecatcher installs the fonts in a user home directory under ...
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How to select the entire set of images to put into the video editor [duplicate]

I've seen videos on how all one has to do is press Ctrl + A to select an entire bunch of images to create/edit a movie in the VSE from images. However, that was in an older version then 2.77. There ...
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Trouble file StringProperty subtype FILE_PATH

I have a StringProperty(subtype="FILE_PATH) and I am trying to make it so the user selects a folder and then a file is saved out to the location, but the filepath ...
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How to get the absolute path?

Is it possible to force uncheck with python the "Relative Path" checkbox in the filebrowser?
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Is there something like Layout.template_fileselector?

I'm writing an export script and I want the user to be able to export the currently selected object. The real script is finished but now I want to finish my UI. For this I want to display a ...
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Asset Browser - How to make a "current file" (append) asset mesh become part of the "custom default" (windows library folder)?

Blender can store assets in a custom folder in your PC using the "Custom / default" path set into File system paths in user Preferences. This library can contain all your assets available ...
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How to filter multiple file-extensions to limit which files display in an operator's file-selector?

I'm creating an image file importer based off the operator_file_import template. I want to set script so that it recognizes image files, because right now it's only recognizing text. How do I go about ...
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How can I compare already imported Fonts with the loaded filepath?

I'm working on a part of my plugin easyText. (http://ranincodes.wix.com/easytext) I want the import Font part to automaticly check if the Font is already imported. How do I get the name of the ...
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File browser does not show up when operator is executed from a shortcut menu

I'm trying to create an action for the add menu in the video sequencer. I need it to open a file browser so the user can select a file to add. To do this I use ImportHelper, which works great if I ...
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How to get the file path from the open file operator?

I have the following code to create a file browser: ...
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How can i open a file select dialog via python to add an image sequence into VSE?

The main goal is to load a sequence into the VSE and read the metadata of each image. Reading the metadata works fine but the fileselect_add returns me only one file. Please help me to add a sequence ...
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Why is the '3D Objects' folder not in the Blender file browser quick access menu panel?

Is there a particular reason why the "3D Objects" folder (part of user files & folders) is missing in the Blender 'File > Open...' file quick access menu list (which contains "...
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Ignore network drive in System list

Is there a way to ignore mapped network drives in Blender when saving/loading? I am using Blender at work and my work laptop has multiple drives mapped. When I disconnect from the corporate network (...
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How to read the contents of a text file?

We can define a StringProperty and set its subtype to FILE_PATH in order to select a file: <...
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Blender always adds a .blend extension to my image, and can't be opened

I saved my project as .png, then as .jpeg but Blender always adds a .blend extension on it. I saved it in its own folder and in my documents. Regardless Blender opens showing me an empty gray screen. ...
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How to organize bookmarks in the file browser?

Is it possible to control the order of the bookmarks in the file browser, without resetting and re-adding them all? How can I do this?
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