Collections

There can be many objects in a scene: A typical stage scene consists of furniture, props, lights, and backdrops. Blender helps you keep everything organized by allowing you to group like objects together.

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Objects grouped together in a Collection.

Group objects together without any kind of transformation relationship. Use collections to just logically organize your scene, or to facilitate one-step appending or linking between files or across scenes. Objects that are part of a collection always shows as light green when selected. See Fig. Objects grouped together in a Collection..

Collections Menu

Reference

Mode:Object Mode
Menu:Object ‣ Collection
Hotkey:M, Shift-M, Ctrl-G, etc.
Move to Collection M
Move selected objects to a collection.
Link to Collection Shift-M
Link selected objects to a collection. A new collection can be created in the pop-up.
Create New Collection Ctrl-G
Creates a new collection and adds the selected object(s) to it. The name of the new collection can be specified in the Create New Collection Adjust Last Operation panel.
Remove from Collection Ctrl-Alt-G
Remove the selected objects from a collection. If the object belongs to more one collection a pop-up lets you select the collection and an option to remove it from all collections.
Remove from All Unlinked Collections Shift-Ctrl-Alt-G
Remove the selected objects from all collection not used in a scene.
Add Selected to Active Collection Shift-Ctrl-G
Adds the selected objects to the collections to which the active object belongs.
Remove Selected from Active Collection Shift-Alt-G
Causes the selected objects to be removed from the collections to which the active object belongs.

Collections Panel

Reference

Mode:Object Mode
Panel:Object tab ‣ Collections
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Collections panel.

All collections that an object has been assigned to are listed in the Properties editor Object tab ‣ Collections panel.

Add to Collection
Adds the selected objects from a collection. A pop-up lets you specify the collection to add to.
New +
Creates a new collection and adds the selected object(s) to it.
Name
To rename a collection, simply click in the collections name field.
Remove X
To remove an object from a collection, find the name of the collection from which you wish to remove the object, and click the X button to the right of the collection name.
Specials
Unlink Collection, Select Collection, Set Offset From Cursor
Offset
Applies a spatial offset of the instanced collections from the original object’s origin.

See also

Appending or Linking Collections

To append a collection from another blend-file, consult this page. In summary, File ‣ Link/Append Link Select a blend-file and then the collection.

Tip

Selecting Collections

Collections can be selected, see Select Grouped for more information.