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15. January 2012

 

 

I work on a multi-monitor setup and until now I have been using Blender on a single monitor.  Sometimes though, like when texturing, having a multi monitor setup is ideal.  I had always thought Blender offered no support for working across multiple monitors, how wrong I was!  Not only can any window be duplicated to its own window, it is laughably simple to do!

 

 

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You know that little tab thing in the top corner of each Blender window you use for splitting and merging Blender windows?  ( If not, check this out. )

 

Well, all you need to do is left click and drag while holding down shift and it will duplicate that viewport into it’s own window.

 

 

 

 

As you can see ( after doing this a couple times ), each looks like a completely different instance of Blender to Windows:

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However, if you look in Task Manager, Blender is still a single process:

 

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You can now split blender into as many windows, across as many monitors as you want.  Here is Blender split out into 4 separate windows, while the original window is on the bottom left.

 

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Changes in one window will immediately be reflected in all the other Windows.  NOTE! Closing the original window will close all the torn off windows, but closing a torn off window will do nothing ( more than close that window ).

 

It’s simple, as simple as a Left Click-Shift-Drag, but it will completely change the way I work!

 

Know doubt the majority of you knew this little feature, I certainly didn’t.  Hopefully it proves as enlightening to some of you as it was for me!

Art

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