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The Outliner is an editor in Blender that gives you a 2D representation of all the data in the file as a list of hierarchies.

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Can't move to collection

I have an object. There is no parenting or anything that I think would make it unable to move the collection. I have it in a collection but I need to move it to another. I don't have any collections ...
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select object related to image through the outliner

I am trying to find the object in the scene that has the tree.png image on it, This is quite a big scene and some images names are obscure and not as recognizable as 'tree'. My question is... is it ...
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Can't rename in 3.1 Outliner by double clicking, can in 2.8x. How to fix?

About a month ago I made the switch from blender 2.8x to 3.1 but I've noticed that double clicking an item in the Outliner no longer brings up the renaming bubble, so in order to rename something I ...
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Blender Batch Rename Collections not working?

i want to Batch Rename multiple selected Collections. But it does not work. I get a message "Rename 0 Collections". With Objects it is working fine. What am i doing wrong?
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Where are Collections stored from Geometry Nodes?

i am trying to find a Collection that is used from my Geometry Nodes (Collection Info), but it is not shown in the outliner. Where is it stored? Added by an Add-on
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Set collection color in outliner with Python

I have this script that creates the collection, but I have no clue where to add the color_tag to it that it works. Thanks for the help. This is the code or at least a piece: ...
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Is there any way to convert an empty with objects parented to it into a collection

I just got a Kitbash 3d asset pack and I want to add it to the blender asset browser but the problem with this is that the asset browser does not support objects parented to empties. is their a way to ...
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Python: Creating instance of collection

I need to create instance of collection in python and i cant find any way to do this. Im stuck because i cant find a way to "set selected" anything in outliner via code and the console ...
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How to create a GzimoGroup in OUTLINER?

I want to be notified when the outlier changes, for example:new collection or click collection, That's my code, It doesn't work, But it works when replaced with 'VIEW_3D' and 'WINDOW'. ...
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Animating a lot of "hide_viewport" properties uses loads of RAM and crashes Cycles

I have a lot of asset-collections in my scene, which are instanced into a "host" collection. In this collection, via script, I set the "hide_videport" and "hide_render" ...
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Item in Outliner is Incorrectly Organized And Can't Be Removed

There is an item in the outliner ( 3rd red box) that I have already organized into a folder (2nd red box). And I understand that it is under one parent object so it appears a second time (1st red box) ...
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Get list of selected materials [duplicate]

Is there a way get the list of selected materials that are selected on the Blender File's Outliner space and do something with that recently get list? This method doesn't depend on what object is ...
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Why can't I minimize and maximize my collection?

I clicked on the button but nothing happened
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Blender 3 disable render locally in a specific view layer [duplicate]

In the outliner, filters, there are two icons for viewport visibility, one of them (the eye symbol icon) disables the viewport visibility locally, meaning for the current view layer, without affecting ...
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There is a method or an addon to organize the position of the objects inside the outliner

More or less all 3D software are able to move the objects on the outliner draging up and down to chose thir position on the "list" in a total freedom. Blender organizes the hierarchy of ...
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How to display all objects with rigid bodies in the outliner?

In a complexer scene there can be easily hundreds of objects. Is there some setting/filter so that i can see all objects with rigid bodies in the outliner?
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blender outline window: how to undo shift + A?

The outliner now expands every single item. I make a very long expanded structure. I missed typed shift–A, then every thing collapsed to a single entry. I want to make it back. How do I make it back ...
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Cannot get out of Marquee select mode

I am stuck in the marquee select mode except the odd part is my mouse is only drawing a selection in the Scene Collection Window (outliner). No matter what button I press I cannot get out of this mode....
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Is it possible to select an object in the 3D view, and see it highlighted in the outline view if it is inside a collection?

When I select an object in 3D view, how can I see the object highlighted in the Outliner if I have placed the object in a Collection?
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Selecting a collection via Python

Many similar question but none solved my problem. My selection and hierarchy looks like this: I want to loop through all selected collections, select the collection and it's children and export. How ...
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How can I change the outliner Restriction Toggles with Python?

I'd like to be able to change the restriction toggles (filters) that are displayed on the right of the outliner, similar to this : But with the Python API.
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How to remove parent node keeping the child node in outliner

community. I've a model that a person gave to me that has some unnecessary nodes in it. The problem is that I would like to remove the parent node, keeping its children. This may be approached (this ...
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Does anyone know how to make my 3d model's outline look like a boiling line animation effect? like Ed, Edd n Eddy

I'm trying to make it look like a boiling line animation like "Ed, Edd n Eddy" from Cartoon Network or "Cuphead." I have an outline now, but how do I make this boiling line? If you ...
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Change all references to an image texture [duplicate]

I have several different shaders in my .blend file that point to the same image. Problem is, that image is in the wrong place, so it's showing up magenta on the model. Is there a way (perhaps using ...
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Object that can never be selected

I downloaded an object from Sketchfab and when I opened it, I encountered a situation like the image. I can't play on it at all. When I delete it, it completely removes the object. I think they are ...
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Why do objects get removed from collection?

Can anyone tell me why my objects get thrown under the "rig" node/null (sorry, not sure the correct term)? You'll see in the before screengrab (left) that they were neatly sorted into ...
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How to focus on an object in the outliner that's selected in the viewport [duplicate]

I have a complex scene, lots of objects visible. If I have one selected, is it possible to frame it in the outliner? I have a lot of hierarchies of objects within objects etc, and finding the one ...
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Strange Outlines in Blender Render

I'm seeing these lines display over my render when I render it. They don't show up in the viewport and appear in both Eevee and Cycles. Also double checked to make sure Freestyle was disabled. Any ...
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Why I can't organize objects in outliner as I want

What can I do if I want to organize my outliner as I want? For an instance, now I would like to have a shuffle to the Light_grp, but I didn't find out a way to do that. And I mean, this should be done ...
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Direct Selection without Mouse

I’m using a macro addon which doesn’t record mouse clicks or the cursor: Does anyone know a way to direct select an object from the outliner, without using the mouse at all (click or cursor)? Or ...
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Filter objects by name without their parents

When I type object names in the "search bar" in Outliner, it shows not only the matched objects but their whole hierarchy: I don't want to know what's their parents and parents' parents. I ...
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Is there a way to disable multiple objects selected in the outliner? [closed]

So I've been looking for a way to make blender behave just like any other software ever - one LMB with no modifiers should select 1 item and deselect everything else, right? Well, instead, at least in ...
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Filter objects by type in Outliner

How can I filter objects by their types in Outliner? For example I want to show all the lights in the scene. This works for cameras, but not for lights:
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My outliner window is gone after accidentally deleted it, how do i get it back?

My Outliner window is gone after i deleted it by accident, and i have no clue how to get it back!! please please help, i need it back and i have looked everywhere. Thanks
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Is there a way to make an object not-deleteable?

I'd like to have an object that has some sort of special property so that it can't be deleted by accident. for example: if I press X, it will not delete this object but will instead deselect it or ...
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Is there a way to drive an object's location by it's position on the Outliner or similar?

I've been using Blender for some multi-object 2d scenes with an orthographic camera setup and wondered whether there was a way I could drive an object's Z position based on it's position within the ...
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Parenting objects while still keeping Order in Outliner

Is there a way to parent object while still keeping the order in the outliner? when I parent object from multiple collections to an object, the whole order gets destroyed.
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What do the boxes around icons in the outliner mean

When I select something in the outliner, sometimes other things have their icons surrounded by a grey box. For example, when I select the armature below, the `Bone' gets a grey box. And, when I ...
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The difference between these two icons in Outliner

As in the image below: As far as I know, both icon A and icon B mean mesh. My question is why Blender has two different icons? What's the difference?
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shortcut to select all objects in collection in outliner does not work

I have set a shortcut to select objects in outliner like this: If i select the collection and tap my shortcut key...nothing happens. If i select the collection and tap the menu point with the ...
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How can I recolor Blender icons in outliner?

I'd like to recolor standard icons from outliner, so the difference between collections, meshes cameras, and lights would be more noticeable. Here is an example: on the left side you see the original ...
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What are these block icons in outliner and why do they make my object weird?

They are only in my copy and pasted items from another file, and they don't bend like other objects for some reason. I don't know how to get them off and i don't know how they got there. I already ...
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How to get a list of selected excluded collections in the Outliner using Python?

The Batch Rename feature of the blender's Outliner does not appear to work for the collection, so I want to write a script myself. There are a lot of heavy mesh in the collections, so I'd like to ...
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Weird box that I can't get rid of on the viewport [duplicate]

When I made alt b this red box outliner showed up and no matter what I do I couldn't get rid of what should I do. I restarted blender and nothing has changed.
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Switch context to Outliner

I'm working on an add-on that performs some operations on items in Outliner (actually it enables me to batch rename collections, a feature missing from Blender). The addon works fine if I assign a ...
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Making collections unselectable at the same time

Is it possible to make all selected collections unselectable at the same time ? I mean, without clicking on each single arrow of each collection ? I would like that at the end all the collections ...
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How can I use outliner dots(?? I don't know it's name)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z11Sv_kkoUs In this video, I saw dots which can make me switch object to other not in object mode. But I don't know how can I activate the dots. Please let me know that....
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Particles not spreading evenly over surface, they are clustered at two points (Donut tutorial)

Overview in viewport: https://i.imgur.com/cQ0tnkt.png Top part of Particles properties: https://i.imgur.com/RRFSFwj.png Outliner overview: https://i.imgur.com/YKWGV8g.png Look at the short sprinkles. ...
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Donut tutorial: Source Objects used for sprinkle particles is showing up in render. How do I hide them? Did I mess up my collections?

Blender 2.92.0 Part 2 level 2 of the tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ5ungDgFNc Already looking at this it seems I've messed up the collections of the sprinkles somehow? I see double of ...
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How do i remove objects within another object's collection?

I have no idea how to phrase this properly, so I hope a gif will be able to show. This is a more a matter of scene collection organization rather than modelling, but its driving me nuts. As shown, i'...
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