Here are some preferences that you may wish to set initially. The full list and explanation of the user preferences are documented in the section User Preferences.


At File ‣ User Preferences ‣ System, enable International Fonts to choose the Language and what to translate from Interface, Tooltips and New Data.

See Internationalization for details.


If you have a compact keyboard without a separate number pad, enable File ‣ User Preferences ‣ Emulate Numpad.

If you do not have a middle mouse button, you can enable File ‣ User Preferences ‣ Emulate 3 Button Mouse.

See Input Preferences for details.

File and Paths

At File ‣ User Preferences ‣ File you can set options such as what external Image Editor to use, such as GIMP or Krita, and the Animation Player.

The Temporary Directory sets where to store files such as temporary renders and auto-saves.


The // at the start of each path in Blender means the directory of the currently opened blend-file, used to reference relative paths.

If you trust the source of your blend-files, you can enable Auto Run Python Scripts. This option is meant to protect you from malicious Python scripts that someone can include inside a blend-file. This would not happen by accident, and most users leave this option on to automatically run scripts often used in advanced rigs (such as “Rigify” that controls the skeleton of a human rig).

See File Preferences for details.