#03 – User preferences (The basics)
In this tutorial, we are going to take a look at user preferences. As the name suggests, user preferences are configurations you can change and save. For example, you can completely change blender’s colors to give it a darkish appearance. To open User preferences, click on File – User Preferences.
As you can see, blender offers a lot of options you can change to make your work faster or to make blender’s appearance more appealing.
Before we start messing with User Preferences, remember that all your changes will only be saved if you hit the “Save User Settings” button when you finish. If you don’t, you will lose all your changes and the default User Preferences will be loaded next time you open Blender.
In the picture below, you can see the main buttons that give access to several options.
In Interface you can change User Interface elements, and how they respond. For example: Disabling “Tooltips” makes blender no longer show tips in dark boxes when you hover your mouse over texts, buttons, slider etc. “Manipulator” enables or disables the 3D manipulator show in the 3D View Editor when you select an object.
In Editing you can change how several tools react to your inputs. For example, if you enable “Enter Edit Mode” under New Objects, as soon you create a new object, blender will automatically go to edit mode for the new object.
In Input you can change options related to keyboard and mouse, including hotkeys. For example, is you enable “Emulate Button Mouse”, which is useful if you have a mouse with no middle button, the mouse middle button (or mouse wheel click) will be emulated by the combination of the keys “Alt” and “Left Click”. If you click in one of the hotkeys buttons, you can change it to whatever you like.
In Addons you can manage external scripts installed to improve Blender. For example, you can enable Screencast Keys checking the checkbox at its right. You can download and install addons clicking on “Install from file” and navigating to your downloaded addon.
In Themes you can make changes to Blender’s Interface. You can completely change the interface, changing colors or sizes. Blender offers Themes presets, like Back to Black, Blender 24X and so on.
In Files you can change file preferences. For example, you can set paths, like the Fonts path or the Textures path, and change options related to Saving and Loading files, UI, filter extensions and so on.
In System you can change various system options, like DPI, which controls the general size of Blender’s UI, or Frame Server Port for frameserver rendering. Most of these options are quite advanced, so don’t play with them unless you are 100% sure of what you are doing.
Once again, remember that all your changes will only be saved if you hit the “Save User Settings” button when you finish. If you don’t, you will lose all your changes and the default User Preferences will be loaded next time you open Blender.
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