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Blender 4.0: User Interface

  • All regular dropdown and context menus can be searched by pressing spacebar. (35d3d52508).
  • Add menus can be searched by immediate typing. (b688414223).
  • Recently searched items are now at the top of search lists, with an option in the Preferences for disabling it. (8362563949).


  • Default user interface font changed to Inter. (f58f6d0338).

Inter font

  • Text output now more pleasing and typographically correct. (a0b4ead737)
  • New user preference added for "subpixel anti-aliasing" for text output. (82bfc41d0c)
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Korean punctuation characters now recognized in word selection. (6d64c6dcd7)
  • Use multiplication symbol instead of letter "x" where appropriate. (9b4749e7c7)


  • Consistent top-down content ordering in menus. Menus no longer reverse order if opening upward. (b122faf705)
  • All rotational inputs now shown with maximum precision. (b34ece48f8)
  • Tree-view UIs draw hierarchy lines to visually communicate the nesting levels better. (71273df2d5)

Hierarchy lines

  • Many lists now highlight the currently-selected item. (9f4b28bba8).
  • List items that are not multiple select are now shown as radio buttons. (6dd3c90185).
  • Resizing the toolbar no longer breaks snapping when dragged beyond the maximum available size. (248b322896)
  • Windows and Linux: Color Picker can now pick outside of Blender windows. (5741a5d433, e5a0d11c4e)
  • The Color Picker size has been increased. (0c7496f74d)

Color picker size

  • Improvements to Color Ramp drawing. (8a3766e241)
  • Fix sidebar scrollbar overlapping category tabs when zooming. (080a00bda2)
  • Fixed scrollbars being highlighted while outside of their region. (4f6785774a)
  • Progress indicators now exposed to Python, including new ring version. (c6adafd8ef).

  • Allow transparency when editing text in widgets. (2ec2e52a90)
  • UI element outlines have changeable opacity, allowing for flat or minimalistic themes. (c033e434c5)


  • Window title improved order and now includes Blender version. (636f3697ee).
  • New Window now works while having an area maximized. (bb31df1054).
  • Save Incremental in File menu, to save the current .blend file with a numerically-incremented name. (a58e5ccdec)
  • Small changes to the File and Edit menus. (347e4692de)

Files and Asset Browsers

  • File Browser side bar now showing Bookmarks, System, Volumes, Recent. (9659b2deda)
  • File and Asset Browser show a wait icon while previews are loading (4a3b6bfeac)
  • Thumbnail views now allow any preview size from 16-256. (fa32379def)
  • Image previews in File Browser now have checkerboard background if transparent. (e9e12015ea)
  • File Browser now shows thumbnail previews for SVG images. (565436bf5f)
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Splash screen changes to make it easier for users to bring previously saved settings into a new install. (13f5879e3c)

Text Editor

  • Support auto-closing brackets around the selection (96339fc313)
  • Removed syntax highlighting support for LUA (95ca04dc20)

Python Console

  • Support cursor motion, selection & more text editing operations (18e07098ef)
  • Support tab-stops instead of expanding to spaces (a5cd497543)

Other Editors

  • Preferences: layout and style tweaks (d0aa521ea8)
  • Timeline: Invalid caches now show with striped lines. (8d15783a7e).
  • Outliner: Drag & Drop now works between multiple windows (d102536b1a).
  • Outliner: Select Hierarchy now works with multiple selected objects (594dceda7f).
  • Top Bar and Status Bar colors now exactly match their theme colors (d86d2a41e0).

Windows Integration

  • Blend File association can now be done for all users or just the current users in the preferences. Unassociate is now available as well. Support for side-by-side installations was improved. (9cf77efaa0)
  • Recent file lists are now per Blender version.
  • Pinning a running Blender to the taskbar will properly pin the launcher.
  • Multiple Blender version are available for Open With in Windows Explorer.
  • Explorer "Quick Access" items added to File Browser System List (f1e7fe5492).


The Catalan language is now one of six languages with complete coverage.