Change the scene view background color


You can set preferences to change the default background in Maya.


Use the Alt-b hotkey to toggle between different background colors.

To customize the background color

  1. Select Window > Settings/Preferences > Color Settings.
  2. In the Colors window that appears, select the General tab and expand the 3D Views section.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To change the default background color, click the Background color swatch or adjust the slider.
    • To change the gradient background colors, click the Gradient Top and Gradient Bottom color swatches or adjust the sliders.

To turn the gradient background on or off

  1. Select Window > Settings/Preferences > Preferences.
  2. In the Preferences window that appears, select the Display category.
  3. In the View section, select on or off for Background Gradient.

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