Questions tagged [interface]

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

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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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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 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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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 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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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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What is causing disabled options when adding a mesh/curve object to the scene?

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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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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Bottom of tool shelf grayed out

I have lost functionality in the 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 happens. I can see the options but when I ...
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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 set render engine in blender?

I'm new to blender. How do you change the render engine in blender 2.7 ? According to this video, the button should be along the top. I've searched google, and the blender documentation with no luck....
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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How to create a Folder 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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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 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 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 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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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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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 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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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 adjust operator settings after leaving the settings panel

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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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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Layout selector missing

I was toggling between layout views (Default, Animation, etc) and I accidentally got this: I don't know how to simply restore the "Default" layout... or any layout. Many of the interface elements are ...
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Get current editor toolbar tab via Python?

How can I detect and/or change the active tab in the current editor via Python? Is this doable? I have been digging through bpy.context.region/screen and not yet found a way to list the active tab.
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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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Text won't appear in interface? [closed]

There is one problem, it seems that text won't appear on my program. The three images show the errors and also my laptop specs (I believe I just have very small amount of laptop power that makes ...
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The bar at the very bottom of the screen has gone away?

The bar at the very bottom of the screen went away while I was trying to make an intro, its the one with all the frames and options of view, marker, frame, playback, start, end, and the play button. ...
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What influences the visibility of the layer selection in the view port header?

For some reason the layer selection and the Lock to Scene button disappeared in 3D View / Object Mode. I can't find an option to toggle the visibility. As it is supposed to look like How it ...
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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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Some mesh-edges in object-mode aren't displayed

So I have been extruding a cube to make a low poly banana and when I go from edit to object mode half the edges don't appear as well as half is dark. I tried looking for an solution couldn't find one ...
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How to call invoke_popup?

I just can't figure out how to create a custom popup which can receive data etc. What I want to do is let the user select one of the currently selected UV-layers and just hand that back to me. So I ...
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Blender UI Multithreading Progressbar

The following question might've been asked several times, but I've found no satisfactory answer. Short question: How can I show progress of background task in Blender UI? Explanation: I have a ...
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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 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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What does the 'F' button and '2' button do (materials tab)?

First, I know that clicking the '+' button on the right side of the material list makes an empty material slot, and after clicking the 'New'-button it adds a new material. But isn't it the same as ...
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New window without creating a new Screen object

I work with dual monitors, but there are many reasons why I may end up with only one window open. For example, if I accept the save while closing Blender, it opens with only one. Is there a way to ...
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Which Exposure control to use?

There are two Exposure controls: In the Film section of the Render Tab and the Color Management section of the Scene Tab. The effects of changing the Exposure in Color Management can be seen in both ...
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What does the button next to the Pivot Point button do?

In the 3D view port's header, what does the button next to the Pivot Point button do? The button in question has a shortcut of alt ,. It is in the red square in the picture below. What is it use for ...