Maya makes a distinction between tools and actions. For example, many items under the , , and Edit NURBS menus can be converted from actions to tools (or vice versa).
See Selection, tools, and actions for more information.
To change actions to tools throughout Maya
- Select Window > Settings/Preferences > Preferences.
- In the list of the window, click then turn on .
Afterwards, you’ll notice more NURBS menu items have Tool in their names. To return to action-based behavior, turn on Everything
is an Action in the same window.
If you turn on Mixed, a setting within each option box specifies whether the menu item is a tool or action.
To convert a single menu item from an action to a tool
- Open the item’s options window and select .
- To return to action-based behavior, select .
If the options window doesn’t have an menu or the and items are dim, the action (or tool) can’t be converted.
The setting in the window takes precedence over the window. Changing from actions to tools or vice versa works immediately.
When you use an action converted to a tool, Maya sets an object and component selection mask appropriate for the tool. Maya
returns to the prior selection mask after you finish using the tool.
If you change an action to a tool, the options window for that tool displays two extra options:
If this option is off, Maya’s focus remains on the tool after you finish using it. You can use the tool repeatedly without
selecting it again.
If this option is on, Maya exits the tool. The following menu items, when used as tools, have as the default option.
All other tools, including actions converted to tools, use as the default.
If this option is on, you don’t have to press Enter (Linux® and Microsoft® Windows®) or Return (Apple® Mac OS® X) to finish a modeling task. The tool completes its task as soon as you select enough objects or components.
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