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editDisplayLayerGlobals([baseId=int], [currentDisplayLayer=name], [mergeType=int], [useCurrent=boolean])

Note: Strings representing object names and arguments must be separated by commas. This is not depicted in the synopsis.

editDisplayLayerGlobals is undoable, queryable, and NOT editable.

Edit the parameter values common to all display layers. Some of these paremeters, eg. baseId and mergeType, are stored as preferences and some, eg. currentDisplayLayer, are stored in the file.

Return value

booleanCommand success
stringCurrent display layer name, when querying
intMerge type, when querying
intBase ID, when querying

In query mode, return type is based on queried flag.


displayLayer, display, layer, globals, current, merge


createDisplayLayer, editDisplayLayerMembers, layerButton


baseId, currentDisplayLayer, mergeType, useCurrent
Long name (short name) Argument types Properties
currentDisplayLayer(cdl) name createquery
Set current display layer; ie. the one that all new objects are added to.
baseId(bi) int createquery
Set base layer ID. This is the number at which new layers start searching for a unique ID.
useCurrent(uc) boolean createquery
Set whether or not to enable usage of the current display layer as the destination for all new nodes.
mergeType(mt) int createquery
Set file import merge type. Valid values are 0, none, 1, by number, and 2, by name.

Flag can appear in Create mode of command Flag can appear in Edit mode of command
Flag can appear in Query mode of command Flag can have multiple arguments, passed either as a tuple or a list.

Python examples

import maya.cmds as cmds

cmds.editDisplayLayerGlobals( cdl='displayLayer1' )
cmds.editDisplayLayerGlobals( query=True, cdl=True )
# Result: displayLayer1
cmds.editDisplayLayerGlobals( 'bi', query=True )
# Result: 10
cmds.editDisplayLayerGlobals( useCurrent='on' )