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Scene panel

The Scene panel shows a list of the content in the current scene and is where you can manage selections to edit objects.

Use the search field to find objects by name. Results include partial matches. To see all objects again, delete any search terms.


Use the filter to find assets by type (model, light, camera). Any unselected objects will be hidden. To see all objects again, clear all filters.


One of the primary functions of the scene panel is to manage the selection state. The selection status is synced between the viewport and scene panel.

Single selection

Click on an object to select it.


Hold command (Mac) or control (Windows) and select an object to add and remove an object to the current selection.

Range selection

Hold shift while selecting to select a range of objects.

Auto-scroll and auto-expand

The scene panel will try to ensure objects selected are visible by scrolling and expanding hierarchies automatically. Automatically expanded hierarchies will also automatically collapse when the selection is changed. Manually expanding a hierarchy will not auto collapse.

Object state management

The scene panel provides access to common state management for objects. Some state shortcuts are shared across object types, while others are unique to specific object types.


Toggles whether the object is locked or unlocked. Locked objects cannot be edited.


Toggles whether the object is visible in both preview and final renders.

Holding alt + clicking on the visibility icon of an object will toggle the visibility of all OTHER 3D objects (does not affect cameras or lights), as a quick way to isolate a single object.


Toggles whether the object is enabled for use with collision transformation.

View camera

Sets the active camera in the viewport.

Object ordering and naming

Adding new objects

New objects are always added at the root of the scene hierarchy and last in the scene list order.

Creating a new object will always select the newly created object.

Adding an object with a name that matches one already in your scene will append a number to the new object. Example: First Object: "Box", Second Object: "Box 2"

A divider will show when the object will be placed between other objects.

There are distinct snap points for dragging within a hierarchy to make parent/child relationships.

(info) Note: Cameras cannot be included in a hierarchy yet.

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