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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Time-Saver Tip: Auto-Fitting the Button Panels

Quite often, you need to pan or zoom the Button Panels when working in Blender. It's great to have the freedom to do that but, it can be a real time-waster when trying to reset their size and position or, when trying to get the Panels to fit nicely within a resized Buttons window. It often involves several adjustments and, too often, you probably just end up leaving it as it is just so you can refocus on your scene.

Well, here's a simple solution that takes advantage of an existing feature in Blender!

Simply Right-Click anywhere within the Buttons window to bring up the Panel Alignment menu. Select the desired orientation and the Panels will be oriented accordingly but, they will also be resized perfectly (within the Panel's sizing range) and left-aligned within the Buttons window. You're done! Now you can quickly get back to your scene.

Coming from a tip provided by someone (Mr(s). Anonymous) in the Blender community:
To save even more time, you also have the option to use the Home-key! That's one of the great things about Blender, there's often more than one way to solve an issue.

If you need more clarification, I've included a short video demonstration.

Watch the tutorial online
(FLV streaming, Length - 1:22)

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Anonymous said...

The "Home" key is even faster

Kernon Dillon said...

Hey, thanks! I'll add that to the post.

Anonymous said...

kernon dillon said...
Hey, thanks! I'll add that to the post.

I have tried both methods several times and "even faster" is not entirely accurate.
You do have to release the mouse to use it. So depending on work flow it's six of one and half a dozen of the other

Kernon Dillon said...

Yes, I agree. I prefer the RMB but, it's good know of the Home-key option.

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