Create, open, or save a scene file


To start a new, blank scene file

  1. Select File > New Scene.

You can select to always create new scenes with default content by choosing File > New Scene > and turning on Enable Default Scene.

To open an existing scene file

  1. Select File > Open Scene.

    The Open dialog box appears, open in the scene folder of the current project.


    To open a file that was created in a earlier version of Maya, ensure the Ignore Version preference is turned on in the File/Projects preferences. See Files Projects preferences.

To save the current scene file

  1. Do one of the following:

When you use Save Scene As you can select whether to save the file as Maya Binary (smaller) or Maya ASCII (human readable). To save in a different format, use File > Export All.

You can optionally lock a file to prevent the file from being edited whenever it is referenced from other scene files using the Lock file option.

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