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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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 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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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 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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Where are my screencast keys?

I can't find the Screencast Keys which allow me to start the display. I have tried the right hand pop-up menu using the hotkey N, but I could not find the Screencast Keys menu which is usually located ...
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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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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 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 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 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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Where can I find the dimensions of an object?

In earlier Blender versions, the "Transform Properties" panel showed the object dimensions (i.e., bounding box: width, height, depth). Now, it just shows location, rotation, and scale.
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How to display different layers in each 3D View?

How can I show different layers in separate windows? For example, show layer 1 and 2 in one window, and show layer 3 and 4 in another window? I need this so I can see everything I am doing correctly ...
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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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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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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 return to the 3D view after rendering?

In blender, after I press F12 to render, the view changes. Is there a button or key that I can press to go back to the 3d view?
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Is there a way to select the children of a parent object?

Say I have a set of objects parented to another object, for the sake of this example say they are parented to an empty. If I have the empty selected, is there a way of quickly selecting all the ...
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Is it possible to toggle child viewport visibility from the parent in the outliner?

Is it possible to toggle child viewport visibility from the parent object in the outliner? (Can viewport visibility be applied hierarchically?)
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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 can I organize the outliner with groups?

When I learned the basics of Maya awhile back, they taught us that we could organize and clean the outliner window with groups. Anyway, it doesn't seem that I can hide multiple objects into one ...
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How do I display what keys I use?

Basically, what I'm saying is, I've been watching a Blender YouTube tutorial (or something like that), I saw that a lot of users had something at the bottom-left of their main 3D view that created 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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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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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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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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Where is the smooth / flat shading property of an object?

I know that I can click on the smooth / flat shading buttons in the Tool Shelf panel when I am in object mode. What I would like to know, is where can I find out if an object has smooth or flat ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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What does the “make screencast” button do?

In the info view header, under Window there is an option to "Make Screencast". It's tooltip says Capture a video of the active area or whole Blender window. When I click it a circle appears over ...
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Is there anyway to make blender print errors in the UI?

For some reason, sometimes error messages encountered while scripting are not printed in the info panel, only the message ...
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Add a custom curve mapping property for an add-on?

Question The title says it all. I want to be able to make this in Blender's UI, and sample it at specific points from an add-on: Problem There is very insufficient documentation on this, and I can'...
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Have second window with different perspective open only when a second monitor is connected?

I have Blender on my laptop, into which I sometimes plug an external monitor, and set up some different regions to make my workflow smoother/easier. When I save and close my project, the multiple ...
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How to get to the pie menus?

With the pie menus, new for blender 2.72, I'm now wondering how do I get to them? I have tried some of the different keyboard shortcuts mentioned for the pie menus.
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What is the difference between the two properties panels?

In the Blender UI, what is the difference between the Properties region (the thing that can be opened with N) and the Properties editor (the thing at the very right)? What do they apply to (e.g. ...
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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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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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List of objects in scene with counts (verts, faces, tris)?

Is there a way to see a list of all objects in the scene with the number of verts, tris, faces of each object? I know you can click on a object and go into edit mode and it shows the numbers, but if ...
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Where did my material / texture buttons go?

Something happened when editing a Blender scene that caused me to lose the whole texture properties window and most of the materials window as well. They all appear as normal when starting a new file, ...
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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 to split node connections?

In a tutorial a guy split a line like this: I have try left click and right click but nothing works.
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How can I use imperial units when entering measurements?

I've set my units (UnitSettings.system) to Imperial in Properties → Scene → Units. I can now see my measurements in imperial units. For example, I see ...
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Move the tool shelf panel to the other side?

I somehow managed to flip the T Tool Shelf panel from the left side of the 3D viewport to the right side so it sits next to the N Properties panel. How did I manage to do this and how do I move it ...
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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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Where is the animation play button in 2.7?

I was used to press the play button for a preview of a rendered animation , all of a sudden (v2.7) there is an audio button which opens a file dialog. Am I supposed to add all images into the VSE ...