Questions tagged [interface]

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

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How to detect clicks on empty space via python?

To elaborate - I want a setup where LMB clicking (in the LMB to select setup) on an empty space in the 3D View causes all of the mesh to be deselected when in Edit Mode, all objects when in Object ...
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How can I present an array of booleans in a panel?

I'm trying to provide a tool for an artist on my gameDev project. They should be able to set a bunch of settings in a panel, and then press a button to start an automated export. I want to give let ...
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How to invoke a dialog from a menu?

More specifically - how to invoke a invoke_props_dialog from a bpy.types.Menu? The dialog invokes properly from Search, but not ...
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Is it possible to report an error without self?

I would like to be able to show a popup window where you can select a scene from the current directory (the current scene has to be saved). The only thing I don't manage to do is the list on the popup,...
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Can't select keyframes on timeline?

I opened up my project and everything was fine. But when I selected the keyframes, the yellow timeline thing would go over my keyframes? How does this even work!?
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Pressing P leaves Blender frozen, how to get undo? [duplicate]

I was rigging a foot to a skeleton when I meant to click CtrlP, I pressed P. Nothing happened so I then clicked CtrlP and my entire skeleton and avatar turned white. My mouse does not show up inside ...
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What is this dashed box and how can I turn it off? [duplicate]

I was just getting back into using Blender a few days ago and I must have hit a couple of buttons. But now I cannot get these dashed lines to go away. Does anybody know how I can make them go away?
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Why is the bone group remove button disabled?

I want to delete these bone groups but the remove button is disabled. How do I unlock and delete them?
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How to render while in the compositor?

In a tutorial at 3:22 the guy rendered while in node editor, but didn't say how. I have tried other tutorials but they all don't say how to do this.
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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 do I run scripts from a custom button in panel? [duplicate]

I've created a python script that creates a specific folder structure for my projects, and also saves the first instance of my project. I want this script to be run by clicking on a custom button in ...
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Show a dialog displaying the properties of a modal operator

Is there an option to show a dialog which displays the properties of a modal operator ?
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Extreme lag in cycles node editor

I am experiencing extreme lag when resizing (zooming in) the cycles node editor. I don't experience lag anywhere else in the blender UI. My specs: quad-core, 2.40 GHz 64-bit. No GPU. Does anyone have ...
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How to make the measuring grid larger?

When starting the blender, there is always a cube on the floor. The floor is actually a grid. My question is how to make this grid bigger so that we can measure big stuff?
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Can I still use fly mode in 2.7?

I used to use the mouse wheel in fly mode to move the view/camera smoothly backward and forward while controlling the speed at the same time. I updated to Blender 2.70 and it seems that this is not ...
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Change Screen Colors [duplicate]

Can the program default colors be changed, that is the grey menu and screen itself. I simply cannot see properly with the dull grey colors.
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Cell Fracture not appearing when activated

I just installed the latest version of Blender v2.72 because I wanted to play around with its cell fracture addon. I go into user preferences and check the box to activate cell fracture. Save ...
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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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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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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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How to change the color of clipping border display?

Clipping border (Alt B) makes a dark box around the selected area: Setting the background color to the same color as the box doesn't work if you have Only render enabled. How to make the box ...
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Render window broken [closed]

I have made my render window broken by accident. Now it only shows vertical stripes. It seems the vertical dimension is infinite. Probably I have clicked somewhere or hit a key. Does anybody have an ...
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What does the “View as render” option in the background image settings do?

What does the View as render option in the 3D view background image settings do? The Blender wiki does not mention it, and I have not been able to find anything about it.
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Override range number buttons

Many parameters have restricted ranges and if you input a value higher than the maximum, it'll snap back to the maximum value. Examples include: speed in a fluid ...
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How to adjust brightness and contrast on background images?

Is there a way to adjust the brightness and contrast on background images?
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set the view centered on an object

I'm new to blender and I'm not sure how to approach the problem. I like to work with orthogonal views; I created a scene with a penguin, and the penguin is now facing an arbitrary direction. However, ...
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Is there a better way to move around and view a big scene?

My problem is that I have a huge scene with meshes and (let's say) I see this scene for the first time. I do not know it, I want to look around. I can use the controls like MMB plus look around, ⇧ ...
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Blender interface appears gray?

I'm not sure what's going on, but today in the morning when I opened blender it had turned gray from black. I don't think it's affecting any type of performance, but it is not feeling right while ...
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Customizing trackpad behavior

I'm using a track pad. The settings I had for moving around, zooming, etc. were two finger pinch for zoom, one finger touch and drag for moving around. Now I can only scroll up and down to zoom! How ...
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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 do I get my layers back? [duplicate]

My layers are gone and I'm in global view. How do I get them back? I've tried the numbers, shift + numbers, I'm in global view and nothing works. Please help!
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Is there a way to determine the left 3D view sidebar's current width with python?

I want to display a custom menu when it will be in the left top corner of the 3D View, over the view name ("User Persp" etc). I guess this is the long way, but if I'll also know the window location ...
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How to get mouse position in a window with Python?

I want to detect if the mouse is in certain area of the 3d View, so I can display a custom menu when it will be in the left top corner, over the view name ("User Persp" etc).
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Where is the materials tab?

I can't find the materials tab. I have tried blender tutorials but they already have the tabs. I just have these 5 tabs:
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Cancel a bake that freezes UI with black box percentage counter

Sometimes, when you bake, you see a small black box that counts up to 100 showing the progress of the bake. For example, while baking a cloth simulation. Is it possible to cancel the bake?
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Display all users of a datablock [duplicate]

How can I see all the "users" of a datablock? Is it possible with the Blender's UI? With Python? For example, I'd like to know which 3 objects are the users of my material:
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How to pan the view?

How to pan the view in Blender? Suppose neither Shift or ShiftAltLMB do not work. What is the reason for this?
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Cycles Materials: Listing shader nodes in a consistent way [closed]

Is there a way to re-arange the listing of shader nodes? It seems like they are listed in a random and inconsistent way, so that finding the shader you need is not very efficient. Examples: Choosing ...
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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 ...
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Where are the settings for draw distance?

I'm completely new to Blender, I have animated some text with help from a tutorial, but that's it. My first problem is, that i can't find the "View Properties" menu. I need to find it so I can change ...
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Why do only some tools have redo capability?

Many tools can have their settings modified after activating them (via the toolbar or F6 popup), however some tools have this panel greyed out. eg: Ctrl+Click Extrude. Editmesh rip tool. Bend ...
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Why are some buttons purple?

Basically to see this, all you have to do is hold down the d key and hover the mouse cursor all over a node or modifier and many of the active elements will change to a purple color. This sometimes ...
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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 to change the Camera mesh?

Is it possible to change the camera in the 3d-viewport to something a little more camera-ish. For example in maya the camera looks like this: Can this be done with python scripting?
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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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Cannot find the action editor in Blender since 2.5x

I am using Blender 2.66 and a newbie I was working on a tutorial which is with the 2.5 version. And I am unable to find the Action editor in version 2.66 while trying to animate a walk cycle. Had it ...
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Menus without background and user pref have parts missing [closed]

In blender version 2.69 and 2.70 and 2.70a the menus have no background and I can't find out why. This is most likely system-problem; not a direct Blender3D issue because this error happened when I ...
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How to make interface for add-on with mutipule colorpickers

I am trying to create interface for this code (look bottom) in Blender. Python code helps find dominant colors in image. It would be great if color data from program send to colorpicker elements on ...
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Cancelling extrude still leaves extra geometry

Steps: Create a cube Start extruding the top face, but either right-click or press Esc to cancel As you can see, the number of objects (verts / edges / faces / tris) increased, even though the ...
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Compositor nodes missing

I have been doing some work on a file in the default view, doing all of my work there, including some compositing. However, after I decided to do the modeling in the default view, and make the ...