Can I know how to change the manipulator from the current local status to global? Unable to do it via clicking right button and getting the local/global options (the option doesn't appear). Please help Thanks.

This is how the manipulator currently looks. I want to adjust it to global so that the green arrow points straight up and the red arrow points straight left forming a right angle.


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There are several axes you can use for manipulation, and they all have their own place. World is the one you describe. The other common one is Local, which is relative to your selected object's parent.

Access the Tool Settings panel by double-clicking the move tool from the toolbox, and change the Move Axis to World:

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One other way to access this setting is to hold down the W key in the viewport and drag the left mouse button to the left to access World:

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  • Thanks. The tool settings works. But holding down W doesn't give me the global/local settings. edited the question to just show you the options I get when holding down W.
    – kar
    Jun 3, 2014 at 0:21
  • From your screenshot it looks like you're using the right (secondary) mouse button. Use the left (primary) and you should get the correct menu
    – mhlester
    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:14

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