Questions tagged [interface]

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

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How to copy Modifiers

I must be doing something wrong, I select my object which has two modifiers, press space, search for "Copy Modifier", and select it. I get the error message "The object the data pointer refers to is ...
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Having trouble panning/rotating with two-fingers on trackpad

I'm having trouble with something that's hopefully pretty basic. I just got a windows laptop after using a macbook for a while. I was surprised to find that blender was not acting the same. On my mac, ...
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Where to report and discuss UI “bugs” and inconstancies?

As UI/design inconstancies are not considered bugs (rightly so), they are off topic on the bug tracker. Is there a place where these sorts of things can be reported and discussed? Or a place to ...
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Some settings in properties > world are missing?

In my world setup (right bar) I can not access all the options I can as shown on the wiki on the right. On my screen it looks like this: For example, environment lighting, gather, indirect lighting, ...
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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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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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Vertex selection without edge highlighting?

Selecting a cube's vertex displays an orange point (sure it is vertex) with its connected three edges (edges highlighted as orange to black gradient). For example, selecting a vertex in 3ds Max only ...
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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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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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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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Stars feature missing?

In the Properties -- World tab, I am no longer seeing the "Stars" option. Has it been removed or did I accidentally do something silly that caused it to be deleted or completely hidden? It is ...
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How to exit User Preferences mode?

Having selected "User Preferences" from the leftmost menu thingy, the Blender UI replaces the main menu with a bar with some buttons that offer to save settings or install from file. If you're lucky ...
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Why do some bones look like boxes and others like arrows?

I've been looking at tutorials on how to rig a model and found this one. Why does this guy's bones look like boxes while all the others look like triangular arrows? Is there a functional difference ...
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Why does home button in the UV/Image editor zoom out a lot?

If you have an image in the UV/Image editor window, pressing the Home button is for View All. Why does it put a massive border around the image? Every time I press Home I have to zoom back in! Zoom ...
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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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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 dynamically show objects properties in the UI with python?

I'd like to work on an Addon project to build facades from imported Curves. How can I dynamically display in the UI e.g. the spline's number of a curve and how many points it contains? I've tried ...
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How do I create a haptic interface?

I would like to use a data glove to move objects and get feedback from them. Is there a plug in product for this?
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How to post a new entry to the help menu with python

I am making an updater for blender and I want add "Update Blender" entry to the Help menu. How I do that ? I know about the menu template , I know how to make the menu, my question is how I inject it ...
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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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How to increase the scrollback history of the Python console/terminal within Blender?

How can I increase the size of the command history in the Python console? The console options don't provide any option for doing this. Like Maya's unlimited output section in the script editor.
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Is it possible to set which material output node is used?

It is possible to have more than one the Material output node. As far as I have seen, only one of them will be used. Probably the first. Can it be changed? I often use a second simple diffuse shader ...
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How to separate locked areas?

If you move an area to match up with another area, the get "locked" and I can't figure out how to separate them without joining and splitting a new area. You can see that at the beginning the areas ...
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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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Open file browser with python

I'm writing a python script wich is going to import custom data in custom file. For now, for choosing the file I've to do this: But it's not very useful because you have to type the path of file by ...
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Operator Button Text alignment [duplicate]

In my addon if bl_region_type = TOOL_PROPS, the operators text is not aligned. Where as if bl_region_type = TOOL the text is ...
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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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Where can I change the settings for UV unwrap?

Angle based and Conformal for Blender 2.69? Are these still there?
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Why do some values on nodes lack an input socket?

Why do some nodes have values without input sockets? E.g. The glare node: This may not be the most useful example, but there are instances where a plug might be useful, e.g. the dimensions of a blur ...
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Blender icons have no label

I have Blender downloaded and installed on my computer. On startup it shows icons having no labels. As a newbie it is virtually impossible to follow any tutorial with this interface. How can I fix ...
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Can I lock the viewport to always jump to what is currently selected?

I have a set up with a number of orthogonal viewports, and I would like them to jump to whatever is currently selected. I know I can press 'View lock to selected', which moves the viewport along when ...
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Insert keyframe menu does not show up

When I press I to activate the Insert Keyframe Menu (in the 3d-view/pose mode) a keyframe is created immediately instead of showing the menu. This used to bring up ...
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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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Hide backface with xray and object wire mode?

I'm doing retopology and find it convenient to turn on xray for the object I am building. However, I now see ngons facing away from me as well. It's hard to navigate. I would also like to set the ...
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What does the F in front of brush names mean?

What does the F in front of brush names in the selector stand for? This question may seem a little trivial, but it always made me wonder..
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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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Determine which button was pressed from python

Prompted by my previous question, I was trying to create an addon to move background images with the mouse. However, I can't figure out a good way to determine what image to move. I thought I might ...
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Is there a way to lock rendered layers?

Is it possible to lock which layers get used in compositing? It get annoying having to re enable all the layers you want to use in the compositor every time you disable a bunch of layers to check ...
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How can I change the buttons text position?

I'm messing around with python for the first time. I'm making my own changes to the interface, just because.. How can I move the text inside the buttons down and to the left? The left image is what ...
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Reverse directions of spacemouse

I tried Blender today but my Spacemouse operated in reverse direction. Where can I change this setting?
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Removing corrupt screen setting

In the UI I for some reason have one Model and one Model.001 where the later on is corrupt. When selecting this screen the UI freezes and the only way to get out of it is to use the Ctrl←/→ ...
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Spin tool is not shown in toolbar when trying to spin a curve

I am trying to find the spin tool in Blender version 2.68. It's not on the left panel. Should I check something in the preferences? Here is a screenshot:
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Is there a way to snap color ramp stops to equal distances?

Is there a way to snap stops in the Color ramp node to equal distances from each other? For example, when you add a new stop by pressing the Add button, the new stop is added halfway between the ...
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How to disable the face overlay in the UV editor?

Is it possible to disable the transparent face overlay in the UV editor? Since the opacity of each face is added to the collective opacity of all the face under it, sometimes with many faces in the ...
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Adding Custom Menu “Run Script” Button Causes Duplicate

Is there a way to use the Blender Text Editor for adding a custom menu and not get a duplicate every time I click on "Run Script" to test the menu? For example, in the text editor, load the template ...
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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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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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How to get accumulated render time of animation

When rendering an animation in the render window on the top right you can see the render time of the last frame. But where can I see the sum of the render times of all frames?
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How to remove line sample?

You can sample the pixels of an image in a line with the Sample Line option in UV/Image editor > Properties Region > Sample Line, then dragging a line across an image. However, I can't figure out ...
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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 ...