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Blender For Dummies® by Jason van Gumster

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Chapter 16. Ten Problems for New Users in Blender (and Ways around Them)

The community forums and web pages for Blender are brimming with questions from new users. Many of them are the same question, or derivatives of the same question. The purpose of this section is to identify some of the most common ones and give you solutions to them so you don't have to dig through these Web sites (unless you really, really want to).

Auto Saves and Session Recovery Don't Work

This problem is mostly unique to users of Microsoft Windows, but even if you're on another operating system, it's worth it to double-check on this. It happens because your Temp directory is improperly set to a folder that does not exist on your computer. If this path is not set properly, your auto saves and Blender's session recovery (File

Auto Saves and Session Recovery Don't Work

By default, Blender sets the Temp path at /tmp, a directory that doesn't exist in Windows. There are two solutions to this problem:

  • Create the /tmp directory. In Windows, you would create "C:\tmp". After you do that, all auto saves and recoverable sessions are stored there.

  • Change the Temp path in the File Paths Section of the User Preferences window to a directory of your choice that already exists. Many people like to use C:\Windows\Temp.

  • Get into the habit of quitting Blender by pressing Ctrl+Q or navigating to File

Blender's Interface Is Weird or Glitchy

Blender uses OpenGL, an accelerated ...

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