Use a custom name or icon for a shelf item


To select an item in the Shelf Editor

  1. Select Window > Settings/Preferences > Shelf Editor.
  2. In the Shelves section, select the shelf containing the item.
  3. In the Shelf Contents section, select the item.

To use a custom icon for a shelf item

  1. Select the item in the Shelf Editor.
  2. Click the browse button next to Icon Name.

    A file browser appears.

  3. Navigate to the file you want to use as the icon and then click Open.

    The image must be in BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, PBM, PGM, PPM, XBM, SVG, or XPM format. PNG is the recommended format.


    Due to the way that the interface handles transparency, you may notice messy borders around the edges of XPM images. To fix this, you must use an image format other than XPM. If you specify XPM, Maya automatically searches for a PNG of the same name before defaulting to XPM.

    The standard size for a shelf icon is 32 x 32 pixels. If your image does not conform to this size, Maya scales it to fit.

To change the name of a shelf item as it appears in lists and tooltips

  1. Select the item in the Shelf Editor.
  2. Type a new description in the Tooltips text box and press .

To overlay a short text label on an icon

  1. Select the item in the Shelf Editor.
  2. Type a new label in the Icon Label text box and press .

    The characters are overlayed on the icon.

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