Blender 3D: Noob to Pro/Non-standard equipment
This module is applicable only to users with non-standard input devices. If you have both:
- a three-button mouse
- a keyboard with a numpad,
then you can skip this module.
Keyboards lacking a numpad
Most modern laptops have a pseudo-numpad, a set of keys in the main keypad which double as a numpad. The keys typically used for this purpose are:
When used as a pseudo-numpad, these keys typically act as the following keys from a true numpad:
The numpad functions of these keys can often be toggled withor on PCs or with on Macs. Alternatively, you can often temporarily activate the numpad behavior by holding down .
If your keyboard has the alternate labellings but you don't know how they work, consult your laptop's owner manual.
As a last resort, you can use the "Emulate Numpad" feature of Blender. This will allow you to use the normal numeric keys as if they were numpad numerics. Instructions for enabling this feature may be found in the "User Preferences Windows" module.
Blender uses the numeric keypad quite a bit. If you envision using your laptop for this kind of work, it may be worth investing in a USB Numeric Keypad. On eBay, prices for simple external numpads start around $10 USD.
For single-button mouse users, make sure that View & Controls (Input for Blender 2.54) (under "User Preferences" on the left-most drop-down menu) → Emulate 3 Button Mouse is enabled.
On many computers with two-button mice,can be emulated by simultaneously clicking and . On Windows machines you'll need to set this up in the mouse settings in your Control Panel. On a Mac, open the Keyboard and Mouse preference pane and enable Use two fingers to scroll. Alternatively, by selecting Emulate 3 Button Mouse under User Preferences, can be emulated by simultaneously clicking and .
Recent IBM Thinkpad laptops allow you to disable the 'UltraNav' features of the middle mouse button in order to use it as a 'normal' third button. Alternatively, some laptops allow areas (called gestures) on the movement pad to act asor , and these can be set up in the Control Panel in the Mouse Pointer options, selecting gestures and editing features there.
|the Mouse Button|
|+||Apple key + the Mouse Button|
|+||Option (Alt) key + the Mouse Button|
While Mac OS X natively uses both the+ and + to emulate , recent Blender releases for Mac OS X use only + for this purpose. This behavior is documented in the OSX Tips file that comes with the Mac version. You can also set in System Preferences for the mouse to sense a right-click.
Note also that in the new, "unibody" design, the mouse button is under the trackpad, and the shortcut foris clicking with two fingers simultaneously, which can be enabled in the System Preferences.
To get the effect ofin a viewport, drag your pen around while holding down the key.