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Changing the Layout

Maya has two windows that are easily confused because their names are so similar, pane and panel. A pane is conceptually the same as a window pane. If you look inside a window with panes, you might see something different in each pane. The same is true here. A pane can hold a Front, Top, Side, or Perspective view, or a panel.

A panel is a type of Maya window that helps with different Maya functions. For example, the Hypergraph and Outliner are panels that show all of the nodes in a scene, and the Graph Editor is a panel used to edit animation curves. Many of these panels can be opened in their own windows (Figure 2.6) or within a specific pane (Figure 2.7). One advantage to opening a panel inside a pane is the ability to then tap the to minimize (Figure 2.8) or maximize (Figure 2.9) the pane. You can temporarily access the pane and then shrink it back down, gaining access to the other panes as well.


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