Display Floater
 
 
 
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Tools menu Display Floater

This modeless dialog contains most of the functions on the Display panel. You can leave the Display floater up while you work in your scene, making it easier to change viewport displays without changing the current command panel.

Interface

The Display floater has two panels: Hide/Freeze and Object Level.

Hide/Freeze panel

NoteThese functions are also available on the Display panel and from the Display quadrant of the default quad menu.

Hide group

Selected

Hides the selected object(s).

Unselected

Hides all visible objects except the selected ones. Use this to hide all the objects except the one you are working on.

By Name

Lets you select the objects to hide by name.

By Hit

Causes any object you click in the viewport to be hidden. If you hold the Ctrl key while selecting an object, that object and all of its children are hidden. To exit Hide by Hit mode, right-click, press Esc, or select a different function. This mode is automatically turned off if you hide all objects in the scene.

Unhide group

All

Unhides all hidden objects. The unhide buttons are only available when you have specifically hidden one or more objects. They won't unhide objects hidden by category.

By Name

Displays a dialog in which you can unhide objects you select from a list.

NoteYou cannot unhide objects on a hidden layer. If you select an object on a hidden layer, you will be prompted to unhide the object's layer.

Freeze group

Selected

Freezes the selected object(s) so they cannot move in the viewport.

Unselected

Freezes all visible objects except the selected ones. Use this to quickly freeze all the objects except the one you're working on.

By Name

Lets you select the objects to freeze by name.

By Hit

Causes any object you click in the viewport to be frozen. If you hold the Ctrl key while selecting an object, that object and all of its children are frozen. To exit Freeze By Hit mode, right-click, press Esc, or choose a different function. This mode is automatically turned off if you freeze all objects in the scene.

Unfreeze group

All

Unfreezes all frozen objects.

By Name

Displays a dialog in which you can unfreeze objects you select from a list.

By Hit

Causes any object you click in the viewport to be unfrozen. If you hold the Ctrl key while selecting an object, that object and all of its children are unfrozen.

NoteYou cannot unfreeze objects on a frozen layer. If you select an object on a frozen layer, you will be prompted to unfreeze the object's layer.
Hide Frozen Objects

Toggles display of frozen objects on and off. You don’t have to unfreeze objects to hide them; you can use Hide Frozen Objects instead to hide or unhide frozen objects in a single step.

Object Level panel

Hide by Category group

Toggles the display of objects by their category (objects, cameras, lights, and so on). Choose the check boxes to hide objects of that category. Use the All, None, and Invert buttons to change the settings of the check boxes.

NoteThese functions are also available on the Display panel.

Display Properties group

Provides controls that alter the display of selected objects.

NoteThese options are also available on the Display panel and in the Display Properties group of the Object Properties dialog.
Display as Box

Toggles the display of selected objects, including 3D objects, 2D shapes, and particle systems, as bounding boxes. Produces minimum geometric complexity.

Particle systems appear as bounding boxes when adaptive degradation takes effect. Since particle systems naturally exist in world space, their bounding box is always oriented parallel to the world planes.

Backface Cull

Toggles the display of faces with normals pointing away from view. When selected, you see through the wireframe to the back faces.

Edges Only

Toggles the display of hidden edges and polygon diagonals. When on, only outside edges appear. When off, all mesh geometry appears. Applies to Wireframe viewport display mode, as well as other modes with Edged Faces turned on.

Vertex Ticks

Displays the vertices in the selected geometry as tick marks.

If the current selection has no displayed tick marks, the check box is clear. If some of the vertices in the current selection display tick marks, the check box contains a gray X. If all vertices in the current selection display tick marks, the check box contains a black X.

Trajectory

Toggles trajectory display for the selected object so you can display its trajectory wherever you are in 3ds Max.

See-Through

When on, makes the object or selection translucent in viewports. This setting has no effect on rendering: it simply lets you see what’s behind or inside an object in a crowded scene, and especially to adjust the position of objects behind or inside the see-through object. Use this when you need to see inside an object, such as a character with bones inside. Default=off.

You can customize the color of see-through objects by using the Colors panel of the Customize Customize User Interface dialog. Choose Geometry from the Elements list, and then choose See-Through.

Keyboard shortcut (default): Alt+X

Ignore Extents

Allows an object to be excluded from a zoom extents operation. Choose this when you have lights or other distant objects that you don’t want to use when you do a Zoom Extents.

Show Frozen in Gray

When on, the object turns gray in viewports when you freeze it. When off, viewports display the object with its usual color or texture even when it is frozen. Default=on.

Never Degrade

When on, the object is not subject to adaptive degradation.