Panels menu


The items in this menu let you set the contents of this specific panel as well as the overall layout and panel contents.


Lets you change to a perspective view or create a new perspective view.


Lets you change to stereo mode or create a new stereo camera. All stereo cameras that you have created, as well as all custom rigs that you have registered are listed in the sub-menu.


Lets you change to an orthographic view or create a new orthographic view.

Makes the front view active.
Makes the side view active.
Makes the top view active.
Lets you create a new orthographic camera, even if one already exists.
Creates a new front camera.

Creates a new back camera.


Creates a new right camera.


Creates a new left camera.

Creates a new top camera.

Creates a new bottom camera.

Look Through Selected
Displays a menu containing the following:

Opens the Outliner, where you can view objects and their attributes hierarchically.

Graph Editor

Opens the Graph Editor where you can edit visual representations of keys and animation curves (keysets).

Dope Sheet

Opens the Dope Sheet overview, where you can edit event and sound synchronization and timing.

Trax Editor

Opens the Trax Editor, where you can create and edit time-independent clips of character animation.

Camera Sequencer

Opens the Camera Sequencer, which lets you create and manipulate shots of animation to produce movie clips.


Opens the Hypershade, which you can use to create and edit rendering nodes, and to view and edit rendering (or shading) networks.


Opens the Visor, which you can use to show images of shading nodes you can create, those already in your scene, and those in online libraries, in a visual outline form. See Visor.

Node Editor
Opens the Node Editor, which lets you view, modify and create new node connections.
UV Texture Editor

Opens the UV Texture Editor, which you use to map textures to a polygonal model.

Render View

Opens the Render View window, where you can test render single frames and interactively tune rendering attributes.

Blend Shape

Lets you create character deformations. For more information, see Blend Shape deformer.

Dynamic Relationships

Lets you view or edit connections between dynamics elements such as particle emitters, collisions, and so on. For more information, see Dynamics Overview.

Relationship Editor

Opens the Relationship Editor, which you can use to group and manipulate objects as sets and assign shading groups to geometry.

Reference Editor

Opens the Reference Editor, which you can use to specify settings for importing files by reference.

Component Editor

Opens the Component Editor, which you can use to edit data assigned to components.

Paint Effects

Opens the Paint Effects Panel, where you can interactively render strokes without rendering the rest of the scene. New strokes render as you paint them in this view. For more information, see Painting.

Script Editor

Opens the Script Editor Panel, where you can view and enter MEL commands.


Switches the scene view to stereo mode.

Hypergraph Panel
Hypergraph Hierarchy

Opens the Hypergraph, which gives you an overview of your entire scene, all objects it contains, and the relationships between those objects.

Hypergraph #

You can open multiple Hypergraph at the same time. Each opened Hypergraph is assigned a default name and number, for example, Hypergraph 1. This option appears only if you have opened one or more Hypergraphs.

New Scene Hierarchy

Opens the Hypergraph with scene hierarchies showing the grouping of child nodes under parent nodes in your current scene.

New Input and Output Connections

Opens the Hypergraph showing the most recent input and output connections in your scene.


Lets you specify how different camera views are arranged spatially in the Maya window.

Saved Layouts

Lets you select a panel layout.

Tear Off

Moves the current camera view into a separate window. The current view is replaced with the next view in the Panels list (to see this list, select Panels > Panel Editor).

Tear Off Copy

Copies the current camera view into a separate window.

Panel Editor

Opens the Panel editor window, where you can create new panels, re-label existing panels, rename layouts, and change layout configurations.

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