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5 Little Known Tricks in Blender’s Outliner

Posted by Aidy Burrows on Oct 10, 2014

EDIT!!! – It’s been some time since the initial above video, we’ve had a couple of additions since then.

Blender’s outliner?! That old unassuming thing? Yup! That’s right! The often neglected outliner has some nice little things up it’s sleeve, here’s a quick tip video with just 5.

AND! Thanks to everyone who gave comments, queries and added extra great tips and tricks, i’ve tried to compile them as much as I can into a VLOG style video below!

If you have anymore, as always! Please let me know in the comments below!

– Aidy


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Rombout
Rombout

THere are some great tips here, especially the num. one. Also the [v], [r], [s] are great tips. Thanks and keep them coming.

PS does anyone know how i can sort material in a mesh? The same menus in vertex and shape keys does have this funtion. Im missing this for materials on a mesh though

Francesco Yoshi Gobbo

COOL!!!
thank you for these tips!!!!!

cgjam

some cool and useful tips, thanks. but one question, i can press b in the outliner to box select a list of stuff, but it just highlights the objects. nothing actually gets selected, so if i highlight say, 10 cubes then try to drag them to parent them to another object, it does nothing! well no you can drag the active object but not the highlighted objects. what is the point of highlighting objects in the outliner?

Aidy Burrows
Hi! I think i’ll be doing an extra video with some of these suggestions and really good questions such as yours. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s possible to move multiple objects in the outliner and set it’s parent. Only one at a time. As for why things are highlighted, that’s to do with the 3 icons to the right, the renderable, selectable, visible icons. If you use S, V & R you can toggle the status of those objects highlighted. I’m not aware of any other uses for the highlighting within the outliner though, I always assume it is locked… Read more »
cgjam

ok i see, cool. helpful when you need to keyframe renderability on several objects. ( although you still need to add the keyframes individually! )

dbM
dbM

Great tips – very useful! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Aidy Burrows

Thanks for letting me know you liked it and found them useful! 🙂 Aidy.

Douglas
Douglas

properties->materials you can also drag and drop on an object to change its material. I just found this because of this great tricks tut.

Aidy Burrows

you are quite right! There are quite a few little things like that running throughout Blender, like pressing E in certain fields to enable the eyedropper and pick certain objects not just colors. 🙂 Aidy.

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