Use manipulators

The Move Tool, Rotate Tool, Scale Tool, and the Universal Manipulator show a manipulator on the selected objects. You move, rotate, or scale the objects by dragging handles on the manipulator.

Other tools and objects can also have manipulators. Usually these are the same manipulators (or combinations of the manipulators) used by the Move, Rotate, or Scale Tools.

For more details on the Universal Manipulator, see Use the Universal Manipulator.

Position manipulator

• Drag an arrow to move along that axis.
• Drag the center handle to move freely across the view plane.
• Click a handle to make it active (yellow), then drag anywhere in a view window to move along the active handle.
• Hold and drag up and down or left and right to move in that direction.
• In a perspective view, +click an arrow to switch the center handle to move across an axis plane.

+click the center handle to switch it back to moving across the view plane.

Rotation manipulator

• Drag the rings to rotate around the different axes.
• Drag the outer ring to rotate around the view axis.

Scale manipulator

• Drag a box to scale along that axis.
• Drag the center box to scale uniformly in all directions.
• Click a handle to make it active (yellow), then drag anywhere in a view window to move along the active handle.
• Hold and drag up and down or left and right to scale in that direction.

Combined move/rotate/scale manipulator

This manipulator combines the handles from the Position, rotation, and scale manipulators in one. The Move/Rotate/Scale Tool and Proportional Modification Tool use this manipulator.

When a move or scale handle is active, the axis rotation rings are hidden. Click the outer ring rotation ring to show all rotation handles.

Some tools add another handle projecting from the center of the manipulator. Clicking this handle switches the manipulator axes between world and local space.

Complex manipulators

Many objects/nodes have manipulators that let you control the attributes of the node. Often these manipulators are based on the position, rotation and scale manipulators, although some objects and nodes (for example, the spotlight) use complex custom manipulators.

Partial curve manipulators

Some actions (such as Revolve) let you operate on only part of a curve using the Curve Range: Partial option.

When you show manipulators for an action with a partial curve, boundary handles appear on the curve that let you adjust what part of the curve is used.

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