- Splash Screen
- Open the Splash Screen.
- Support Blender
- Development Fund
- Open the developer fund website.
- Blender Store
- Open the Blender store.
- Release Notes
- Open the latest release notes.
- Blender Website
- Open main Blender website.
- Open credits website.
- Open License website.
- Install Application Template
- Install a new application template.
The options to manage files are:
- New Ctrl-N
- Clears the current scene and loads the selected application template.
- Open Ctrl-O
- Open a blend-file.
- Open Recent Shift-Ctrl-O
- Displays a list of recently saved blend-files to open.
- Reopens the current file to its last saved version.
- Save Ctrl-S
- Save the current blend-file.
- Save As… Shift-Ctrl-S
- Opens the File Browser to specify file name and location of save.
- Save Copy…
- Saves a copy of the current file.
- Links data from an external blend-file (library) to the current scene. The edition of that data is only possible in the external library. Link and Append are used to load in only selected parts from another file. See Linked Libraries.
- Appends data from an external blend-file to the current scene. The new data is copied from the external file, and completely unlinked from it.
- Data Previews
- Tools for managing data-block previews.
- Blender can use information stored in a variety of other format files which are created by other graphics programs. See Import/Export.
- Normally you save your work in a blend-file, but you can export some or all of your work to a format that can be processed by other graphics programs. See Import/Export.
- External Data
External data, like texture images and other resources, can be stored inside the blend-file (packed) or as separate files (unpacked). Blender keeps track of all unpacked resources via a relative or absolute path. See pack or unpack external Data.
- Automatically Pack Into .blend
- This option activates the file packing. If enabled, every time the blend-file is saved, all external files will be saved (packed) in it.
- Pack All Into .blend
- Pack all used external files into the blend-file.
- Unpack Into Files
- Unpack all files packed into this blend-file to external ones.
- Make All Paths Relative
- Make all paths to external files Relative Paths to current blend-file.
- Make All Paths Absolute
- Make all paths to external files absolute. Absolute ones have full path from the system’s root.
- Report Missing Files
- This option is useful to check if there are links to unpacked files that no longer exist. After selecting this option, a warning message will appear in the Info editor’s header. If no warning is shown, there are no missing external files.
- Find Missing Files
In case you have broken links in a blend-file, this can help you to fix the problem. A File Browser will show up. Select the desired directory (or a file within that directory), and a search will be performed in it, recursively in all contained directories. Every missing file found in the search will be recovered. Those recoveries will be done as absolute paths, so if you want to have relative paths you will need to select Make All Paths Relative.
Recovered files might need to be reloaded. You can do that one by one, or you can save the blend-file and reload it again, so that all external files are reloaded at once.
This menu manages the startup file, used to store the default scene, Workspace and interface displayed at startup and when opening creating a new file.
Initially this contains the startup scene included with Blender. This can be replaced by your own customized setup.
- Save Startup File
- Saves the current blend-file as the startup file.
- Load Factory Settings
- Restores the default startup file and preferences.
- Quit Ctrl-Q
- Closes Blender and the file is saved into
- See Undo & Redo.
- Operator Search
- Execute an operator based on its name.
- Rename Active Item
- Rename the e.g. active object or node.
- Lock Object Modes
- Restrict select to the current mode.
- Open the Preferences window.
- Render Image F12
- Render the active scene at the current frame.
- Render Animation Ctrl-F12
Render the animation of the active scene.
- Rendering Animations for details.
- Render Audio
Mix the scenes audio file to a sound file.
- Rendering audio for details.
- View Render F11
- Toggle show render view.
- View Animation Ctrl-F11
Playback rendered animation in a separate player.
- Display Mode
- Full Screen
- Images are rendered in a maximized Image editor.
- Image Editor
- Images are rendered in an Image editor.
- New Window
- Images are rendered in a new window.
- Keep User Interface
- Images are rendered without changing the user interface.
- Lock Interface
- Lock interface during rendering in favor of giving more memory to the renderer.
- New Window
- Create a new window by copying the current window.
- New Main Window
- Create a new window with its own workspace and scene selection.
- Toggle Window Fullscreen
- Toggle the current window fullscreen.
- Next Workspace
- Switch to the next workspace.
- Previous Workspace
- Switch to the previous workspace.
- Show Status Bar
- Choose whether the Status Bar at the bottom of the window should be displayed.
- Save Screenshot
- Capture a picture of the active area of whole Blender window.
These set of tabs are used to select the current Workspace; which are essentially predefined window layouts.