Splash Screen

When starting Blender, the splash screen appears in the center of the window. It contains options create new projects or open recently opened blend-files. A more detailed description can be found below.


Blender Splash Screen.

To close the splash screen and start a new project, click anywhere outside the splash screen (but inside the Blender Window) or press Esc. The splash screen will disappear revealing the default screen.

To reopen the splash click on the Blender icon in the Top bar and select Splash Screen.

Information Region

The upper part of the splash screen contains the splash image with a lot of key information overlaid.

Besides the Blender icon and text, it shows the Blender version. e.g. the current version is 2.80.
At the top-right corner, you can see the date on that Blender version was compiled.
The Git Hash. This can be useful to give to support personnel, when diagnosing a problem.
Optional branch name.
Interactive Region

The interactive region is the bottom half of the splash screen.

New File
Start a new project based on a template.
Recent Files
Your most recently opened blend-files. This gives quick and easy access to your recent projects.
Allows opening an existing blend-file.
Recover Last Session
Blender will try to recover the last session based on temporary files. See Recovering Data.
Links official web pages, the same could be found in the Help Menu of the Topbar. See Help Menü.

Quick Set Up

When you open Blender for the first time the interactive region of the splash screen is replaced with a couple initial preferences to configure how you interact inside Blender.


These options can always be changed later in the Preferences


Presets for the default keymap for Blender. Note that this manual assumes that you use the „Blender“ keymap.

This is the default keymap. Read more about this keymap here
Blender 2.7x
This keymap is intended to match the last major series of Blender versions and is designed for people upgrading who do not want to learn the updated keymap.
Industry Compatible
This keymap is indented to match common creation software and is intended for people who use many different creation software. Read more about this keymap here
Select With
Controls which mouse button, either right or left, is used to select items in Blender.

Controls the action of Spacebar. These and other shortcuts can be modified in the keymap preferences.

Starts playing through the Timeline, this option is good for animation or video editing.
Opens the toolbar underneath the cursor to quickly change the active tool. This option is good for if doing a lot of modeling or rigging.
Opens up the operator search. This option is good for someone who is new to Blender and is unfamiliar with its menus and shortcuts.
Choose between a light or dark theme for Blender. Themes can be customized more in the Preferences