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Questions pertaining to Blender's user interface, such as theming, scripting and operating the interface.

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How to create a custom UI?

I was watching this video on making a custom UI tab using Python, and in the line from bpy.types import Menu, Panel, UIList, I see the names of objects that look ...
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How to close view windows?

I would like to close some view windows that I opened accidentally. See the image below: Edit: another note: I tried searching for the solution, but only found things like "Join Area", which don't ...
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What is the meaning of the color of the node sockets in the node editor?

I have been searching on the web and I can't find this. What is the meaning of the color of the node sockets in the node editor?
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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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Create an interface which is similar to the material list box

How can I make a Interface which is similar to the Material-Interface within Blender via Python? It should look like these. Could you guide me to the right direction? I don't think it's in bpy.ops, ...
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Why does my material panel look different?

Complete beginner here. I'm trying to follow this tutorial on Anisotropic shaders, but my property panel looks nothing like the property panel in the tutorial. For example, when creating a material, ...
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How to close/open a view panel

I can't find a way to close a view panel, in particular the horizontal at the bottom, is pretty useless to me at this moment.
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Which object should be selected when selected to active is check for texture baking?

Which object should be selected when selected to active is checked for baking, the one I'm baking to or from? I can never remember which one.
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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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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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What is causing disabled options when adding a mesh/curve object to the scene? [duplicate]

Sometimes when adding an object to the scene I see that all options (on toolbar or in window after pressing F6) are disabled. Can anyone tell me when can this happen? What is causing it and how to ...
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Can't find the palette to alter new objects

When you add a new object into the blender scene, normally on the tool shelf a window will become available where you can put in the objects size or number of vertices etc. These options: For what-...
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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 to call a confirmation dialog box?

I have a button in my menu named "New File" as shown: and I want when I click on the "New File" button to imitate what the Blender File->New does, where a check message box appear first confirming ...
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How to close windows in 2.8?

How do you close windows/tabs in 2.8? I've tried a lot of stuff, but always end up opening up more.
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Accidentally hit "toggle full screen", How do I exit?

I'm stuck in full screen in the node editor. Escape isn't working, and I have no menus and no idea how to leave except to quit Blender and reopen the program.
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Object selection box with eyedropper

How to add an eyedropper functionality to prop_search in my addon? ...
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Precisely move the 3D cursor

The 3D cursor can be moved by simply LMB clicking anywhere in the viewport. Is there a faster and easier way to position the 3D cursor?
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How to set render engine in blender?

I'm new to blender. How do you change the render engine? According to this video, the button should be along the top. I've searched google, and the blender documentation with no luck. https://www....
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Operator Properties Panel at Bottom of Tool Shelf Grayed Out

I have lost functionality in the Operator Properties Panel at the bottom tool shelf. When I click on a selector or something in the bottom part of the tool self that you can hide and unhide, nothing ...
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Can't get my model out of wireframe mode

I'm new to Blender and this site, so I apologize in advance if I'm not following any of the proper etiquette. I'm no artist, but I'm trying to learn Blender so that I have some programmer art for me ...
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How do I align the viewport to a face normal?

I would like to align the view straight on to a face, perpendicular to the normal. How do I align the 3D viewport to the face of a mesh?
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Make Blender usable on high resolution screen

The Blender UI elements are incredibly small by default on high resolution screens on Windows (15" UHD screen). I found the Preferences -> System -> DPI setting which can be set up to 144. This ...
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How to roll the viewport?

How do I rotate the viewport around the local (to the view port) - Z axis? Basically what you would get if you were to hit R with the camera selected in camera view.
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How can I 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 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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What do various property highlight color overlays mean?

I have downloaded a free model for my current project and spotted those different colors on Scale, Rotation, Location, and other properties. What do these different colors signify? What is the meaning ...
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How can I set sliders to values outside the limits allowed by their slider?

How can I allow value sliders to be set higher than certain values? For example, I can't slide the subsurf slider past 6. This might seem like a bit of a silly ...
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Digits of precision of vertices coordinates

Vertices coordinates are float or double values ? Is it possible to see them with full precision and not only with the limited precision of the text fields ? Or better is it possible to see the bit ...
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Where is the Layers panel in Blender 2.8?

I am starting working on Blender 2.8, but I can't find the layer panel. Where is it?
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Is there a way to save composite node presets?

Is there any way in Blender to save settings in your compositing node setup. For example say for my shadow catcher I have it setup for a hard shadow for sunlight, and then I also have a setting for ...
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Material setings in properties window is missing

I have added a sphere and I was able to add material and give it a color. Now when I add a second sphere (separate object), the material panel is just blank. Blend file
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Viewports broken on RX 580 [duplicate]

Blender was working fine until recently (I can't pin point what happened). I have not knowingly changed any settings in Blender or on my PC in general. I've been working with Blender daily and hadn't ...
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How to get one UIList to control the contents of another UIList?

I have two dynamic lists. One is for strings and another one for objects. When the string changes I need the other list to show the objects assigned to the string in the first list. So I would need ...
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How do a create a foldout UI panel?

I have an add-on with rather a lot of UI options and am trying to find a way to clean it up so that not all the options need to be shown at once. I've noticed that some of the default tools have ...
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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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Add Custom Menu at Specific Location in the Header

Blender has a built in template for adding a custom menu to the main header (INFO_HT_header). This can be found by going into the text editor under templates->Python->UI Menu. Can I relocate this ...
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How to assign a keyboard shortcut for a mesh selection mode?

I want a keyboard shortcut for switching between selecting things; vertices, faces and points. One key for each, not a pop up menu where i have to select with the mouse. Does this exist? Modelling ...
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How to adjust operator settings after leaving the settings panel [duplicate]

I've added a torus knot using the the "Add Curve: Extra Objects" addon. I've done some work on the scene, and now would like to go back change the knot parameters that were in the operator settings ...
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Is there a workaround for the known bug in dynamic EnumProperty?

So I was making an addon with a dynamic EnumProperty and apparently ran into a known bug when trying to use Expand = True for this property in the panel. Although ...
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How does Blender decide in which window it shows the render

This has puzzled me for years: How does Blender decide the window where it will display the rendered image when I hit F12 to render?
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How do I copy a property from an active object to selected objects?

I have been using the Copy Attributes add-on to copy some properties from active object to selected objects. This add-on is not enabled by default and must be explicitly enabled. But its a very useful ...
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How to switch between editors with shortcuts

I'm tired of pulling out windows to get the UV editor or pull down a menu in the screen sets. Is there a shortcut, with one key, to get my 3D view to UV editor/node editor? I have not found a way to ...
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How to switch render source (VSE or Camera)?

If you create a scene for the Video Sequence Editor and start working on a project Blender will render the output from the VSE. But if you want to later switch it to render your 3D scene again (the ...
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Jump/Scroll to selected object in the outliner?

How can I jump to the selected object in the out-liner, I've got over 200 objects in my scene, all named cube.___ ... and I can't seem to find my selected object. How can I jump to it?
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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 use numpad / on a keyboard without a numpad?

I've just got into Blender, and I like it a lot. But as I just switched from a stationary computer to a MacBook, I've got some new problems regarding the numpad. I can use 1-9 perfectly, But I have no ...
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"Apply modifiers" button not appearing?

I am attempting to follow a youtube tutorial for decimating a model - I need to do this for a continuous LOD in a game I am creating. However, in the tutorial, he uses some "Apply modifiers" button, ...
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Add toggle hotkey to custom checkbox

I have a self made checkbox in a script. Now I want to create a hotkey in the Input manager to toggle it. What I have done so far is to create a keymap item with ...
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Display bounding box around objects

I would like to know how to display a Bounding Box around my objects in Blender, much like the Bounding Box from Maya 3D. All I want to be able to do is determine the outer edges of an object. I've ...
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