Blender has an interesting mix of built-in, loadable, and web-based help, all accessed with Blender, through the Help menu in the User Preferences window’s header. Of course, any web-pages can be saved to your local hard disk or printed using your web browser for off-line viewing. We use web-based help so that we can bring you the latest up-to-date help.
Note about your web browser
Some forms of help start up your web browser and access the Blender Foundation’s web servers. In order to do this, you must configure, with your operating system, a web browser as a default. If you have a dial-up connection, you must configure the web browser to automatically dial out when it starts if there is no active internet connection available.
This displays the splash screen image, identifying the package and version.
Blender/Python Scripting API
Help pages describing the application programming interface (API) that Blender exposes to Python. Python is a general programming language that can do many things on its own. In order for it to do things inside Blender, it has to access Blender functions, like creating objects, moving them, etc. Python does this by calling on specific Blender API calls, like
ob.setLocation to change an object’s location.
Help pages listing specific links to official sites maintained with fool-proof, easy tutorials that can help you get started and comfortable using Blender.
HotKey and MouseAction Reference
There’s an old adage among Blender users:
Blender makes extensive use of hotkeys to allow you to quickly perform common actions, like R to rotate the selected object. This internal page tells you what all those keys do, separated into Arrows, F-Keys, Letters, Mouse, etc. It has a Search function, so if you vaguely know the term for what you want to do, you can search for the hotkey to find out how to do it.
ID Property Browser
For all the various kinds of objects in your .blend file, this screen allows you to find them (starting at the Scene level) and drill down to inspect their properties.
Brings you to the main table of contents page of the wiki.
A page listing all the release notes, telling you what has changed and new features added to Blender, back several versions. The release notes provide you with a quick explanation of “what’s new”, frequently along with examples and videos/images.
Scripts Help Browser
This window allows you to choose a script (from your
scripts directory) by category, and shows you the help information embedded within the script. Use this to find out more about what these custom Python scripts do, and how to use them.
Lists simple, step-by-step tutorials that can provide you with easy-to-follow directions on how to use Blender. Please also visit the wiki Tutorials page.
Lists frequently accessed websites related to Blender and its development.
With a 3D View window active, clicking Benchmark enables you to benchmark three different actions in Blender. The resulting statistics, particularly the operations per second (ops/s), are useful for comparing the performance of Blender across different machines. For a more robust benchmark, refer to the official Benchmark site.
System Information creates a
system-info.txt file which lists various key properties of your system and Blender, useful in diagnosing problems. These are the instructions to get it:
- Run it by selecting it in Help » System » System information....
- After a while a popup appears to confirm it has finished.
- Open a Text Editor window.
- Select the
system-info.txttext in the header selector. In case you see an apparently blank page, please try to scroll it with Wheel , the text cursor might be at the end of the text.