Blender add-on: Area Switcher

Area Switcher – Blender 3D add-on for quickly switching work areas.

The “Area Switcher” add-on allows quick switching between different types of areas in Blender much faster.

Add-on functionality

Switching work areas in Blender is usually done by pressing a button that calls up a menu, and then selecting the desired work area type. At the same time, some areas in the work pipeline switch back and forth much more often than others. For example “Outliner” with “Properties” or “3D View” with “Shader Editor”. With the “Area Switcher” add-on, you can quickly switch such areas at a single button click, without having to select them from the menu, which generally speeds up the workflow.

The add-on appends an additional button to the area header, by pressing which the work area immediately switches to the desired type.

The add-on is fully customizable. From which workspace and to which one the switching will take place is configured by the user in the add-on properties. You can also configure the switching of several work areas one after another.

You can also switch areas with the ctrl+shift+d keycode.

Demonstration video

Current add-on version

1.0.1.

Blender versions

2.83, 2.90, 2.91

Location and call

Button in the header of the area.

Installation
  • Download the *.zip archive with the add-on distributive.
  • The “Preferences” window — Add-ons — Install… — specify the downloaded archive.
Version history

1.0.1.

  • Added the shortcode for switching with keyсodes.
  • Fixed error when switching to the ‘UV Editor’ in Blender 2.91

1.0.0.

  • This release.
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Ivo
Ivo
6 months ago

Wonderful addon and a time saver! I have been using it for quite some time. I do have one really small bug that has been bothering me. When you click to switch from Shader Editor to 3D viewport it works not the other way around – the button disappears.

If this could be corrected it would be very appreciated.

Anyway, thanks in advance and great addon!

Ivo
Ivo
6 months ago
Reply to  Nikita

Hi! Sorry, I forgot to give you the details. I am using 2.91 release on a windows 10 machine. I remember as well that I once tried it on a clean Blender installation, it still persisted to work in that manner. Console doesn’t give any input as well.

What other info do you need?

NikitaD
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  Ivo

Tested with 2.91.2, no button disappearing.
https://imgur.com/rXVwc69

Maybe your scene is from older versions of Blender? Try to test on a clear scene, not imported from older Blender versions.

Ivo
Ivo
6 months ago
Reply to  Nikita

That is strange. I will reinstall, restart and install again on a clean installation again. Main thing is your addon works perfectly and its a local issue for me. I will report here when I find out what it is. Thank you again!