- Splash Screen
Open the Splash Screen.
- About Blender
Opens a menu displaying information about Blender.
The Blender version.
Date when Blender was compiled.
The Git Hash of the build. This can be useful to give to support personnel when diagnosing a problem.
Optional branch name.
- Release Notes
Open the latest release notes.
Open credits website.
Open License website.
- Blender Website
Open main Blender website.
- Blender Store
Open the Blender store.
- Development Fund
Open the developer fund 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.
- Clean Up
- Unused Data-Blocks
- Recursive Unused Data-Blocks
Remove all unused data-blocks from both the current blend-file and any Linked Data including any indirectly used data-blocks i.e. those only used by unused data-blocks.
- Unused Linked Data-Blocks
Remove unused data-blocks from only Linked Data.
- Recursive Unused Linked Data-Blocks
Remove all unused data-blocks from only Linked Data including any indirectly used data-blocks i.e. those only used by unused data-blocks.
- Unused Local Data-Blocks
Remove all unused data-blocks from only the current blend-file.
- Recursive Unused Local Data-Blocks
Remove all unused data-blocks from only the current blend-file including any indirectly used data-blocks i.e. those only used by unused data-blocks.
This menu manages the startup file which is used to store the default scene, workspace, and interface displayed when 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.
- Menu Search
Find a menu based on its name.
- Operator Search
Execute an operator based on its name (Developer Extras only).
- Rename Active Item
Rename the active object or node; see Rename tool for more information.
- Batch Rename
Renames multiple data types at once; see Batch Rename tool for more information.
- 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.
- 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 current Blender window. A File Browser will open to choose where the screenshot is saved.
- Save Screenshot (Editor)
Capture a picture of the selected Editor. Select the Editor by LMB within its area after running the operator. A File Browser will open to choose where the screenshot is saved.
See Help System.
These sets of tabs are used to select the current Workspace; which are essentially predefined window layouts.