Blender 3D: Noob to Pro/User Preferences Windows
In this module, we'll take a closer look at the Blender Preferences window.
|Applicable Blender version: 2.80.|
Accessing Blender PreferencesEdit
To open the Blender Preferences window click Edit → Preferences...
In Blender 2.79, you will find it under File → User Preferences...
Configuring Your PreferencesEdit
In order to get to modeling and rendering sooner, this tutorial will cover only a few of the many user-settable preferences.
If you ever need to restore Blender to its factory settings, click File → Defaults → Load Factory Settings
Save & Load → Auto SaveEdit
As the name suggests, Auto Save automatically saves the current .blend after a specified period of time. The settings are:
- Auto Save Temporary Files: This enables/disables the auto save feature.
- Timer (mins) slider: This specifies the time in minutes between each auto save.
System → Number of Undo LevelsEdit
Next we'll look at the undo settings. By default, Blender remembers your last 32 actions and allows you to undo them one at a time by pressing
Input → Numpad EmulationEdit
Blender uses numberpad keys (such as) to control the 3D View and ordinary numeral keys (such as ) to change layers. If you are working on a laptop or if you find the numberpad inconvenient, you can select Emulate Numpad to reassign the 3D View controls to the ordinary numeral keys.
Input → Emulate 3 Button MouseEdit
Blender makes significant use of all three buttons on a standard computer mouse. If you do not have a mouse with three buttons, enabling this setting will let you perform-related actions with +
- The Blender manual pages on Preferences
- The tutorial on Non-standard Equipment describes other workarounds for numpad issues.