Park 3D Cursor

Updated: July 6, 2018

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The 3D Cursor and the Manipulator Widget are useful features of Blender. But while the Manipulator Widget can be toggled to be visible or hidden (CTRL + SPACEBAR) there is no way of hiding the 3D Cursor. Furthermore, since the 3D Cursor is by default placed with a LEFT CLICK of the mouse it is easily moved from a position you may wish it to maintain.

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Getting the 3D Cursor out of the way, or not accidentally relocating it, is easily achieved by resetting the “Set 3D Cursor” input in User Preferences to a new hotkey (e.g., SHIFT + LEFT CLICK).

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From the File Menu open User Preferences and select the Input Tab.

Under Name, type in “Set 3D Cursor” to locate this input.

Expand the Set 3D Cursor input (click the little white triangle on the left).

Check the SHIFT Box.

Set hotkey to SHIFT + LEFT CLICK (shown) or any other hotkey shortcut you wish.

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Click Save User Settings in the lower left-hand corner so the change will be saved for next time you open Blender.

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Now you can place the 3D Cursor anywhere you want  (SHIFT + LEFT CLICK) and it will remain there until next time you wish to move it. I like to park it in the lower left-hand corner of the 3D window.

3D Cursor parked in the lower left-hand corner of the 3D Editor window.

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