The Rhino window

The image below illustrates some of the major features of the Rhino window.

1. Window title

Displays the current model's file name and file size. More...

2. Menu bar

Groups Rhino commands by function. More...

3. Command history

Displays the previous commands and prompts. Text from this area can be copied and pasted into the command prompt, macro editor, button command, or any application that accepts text. More...

Right-click to open a context menu.

4. Command prompt

Displays prompts for command actions, allows typing command names and options. More...

Right-click to open a context menu.

5. Toolbar group

A collection of toolbars. More...

Tabs (a), Group handle (b), Scroll control (c), Toolbar menu button (d), Close button (e), Show more (f), and Linked toolbar cascade button (g).

6. Toolbar

Contains graphical icons for initiating commands. More...

7. Toolbar menu button

Opens the toolbar menu. More...

8. Sidebar

Displays the toolbar or toolbar group that is linked with a toolbar. More...

9. Viewport

Displays the Rhino working environment including object display, viewport title, background, construction plane grid, world axis icon. More...

Context Menus

One of the three context menus appears when you right-click, hold and release in a viewport.

10. Viewport title

Left click to activate the viewport without losing selected objects. More...

11. Viewport tabs

Manages multiple-page layout style viewports along with standard modeling viewports. More...

12. Osnap control

Contains persistent object snap toggles. More...

13. Status bar

Displays the current coordinate system, the current location and delta of the cursor, and the status bar panes. More...

The status bar is located at the bottom of the Rhino window.

14. Panel

Provides quick access to some global options, document properties, and command dialogs. More...

15. Panel tabs

Click a tab to bring the panel to front. More...

16. Panel menu button

Click to show the panel menu that controls appearance and visibility of panels. More...

17. Property page icons

Click to display different property pages in the Properties panel. More...

Status bar panes






■ Layer

Grid Snap






Record History



Menu Help

When the mouse hovers over a menu item, a description of that item displays here.

CPlane / World

The construction plane/world coordinates toggle.


The mouse cursor x location.


The mouse cursor y location.


The mouse cursor z location.

Units / Delta

The current units setting.

During drawing commands, displays the distance from last picked point to the current location.

Layer pane

If objects are selected, the Layer pane displays the layer of the selected objects.

If no objects are selected, the Layer pane displays the current layer.

Grid Snap pane

Grid Snap options

Grid Snap On/Off

Toggles the grid snap on/off state. This is the same as clicking the Snap pane.

Active Viewport / All Viewports options

Show Grid Lines

Toggles the visibility of the construction plane grid.

Show Grid Axes

Toggles the visibility of the grid x and y axes.

Show World Axes Icon

Toggles the visibility of the world axis icon in the bottom left corner of a viewport.

Set Snap Size

Specifies the grid snap size.

Snap Size

Reports the current snap size.


Opens the Grid Document Properties.

Ortho pane

Ortho options

Ortho On/Off

Toggles the ortho on/off state. This is the same as clicking the Ortho pane.

Set Ortho Angle

Specifies the ortho angle.

Ortho Angle

Reports the current ortho angle.


Opens the Modeling Aids Options.

Planar pane

Planar option

Planar On/Off

Toggles the planar on/off state. This is the same as clicking the Planar pane.

Osnap pane

Osnap options

Osnap Control On/Off

Toggles the Osnap control on/off state. This is the same as clicking the Osnap pane.

Snap to locked objects

Turns on snapping to locked objects.

Snap to apparent intersections

Turns on snapping to apparent intersections.


Opens the Modeling Aids Options.

SmartTrack pane

SmartTrack options

SmartTrack On/Off

Toggles the SmartTrack on/off state. This is the same as clicking the SmartTrack pane.


Opens the SmartTrack Options.

Gumball pane

Gumball options

AutoReset Gumball

When an object is rotated, resets Gumball to align with CPlane or World axes based on the initial alignment.

Gumball On/Off

Toggles Gumball on/off state. This is the same as clicking the Gumball pane.

Align to CPlane

Sets the default Gumball aligned to CPlane axes.

Align to Object

Sets the default Gumball aligned to the selected object when possible.

Align to World

Sets the default Gumball aligned to World axes.

Snappy Dragging

Object snaps are honored when dragging.

Smooth Dragging

Object snaps are ignored when dragging.

Rotate View
Around Gumball

When Gumball displays, use the Gumball origin as the center to rotate the view.

Drag Strength

Shows the Drag Strength dialog to change the dragging influence amount.


Opens the Gumball Options.

Record History pane

Record History options

Always Record History

Turns history recording on.

Update Children

Automatically updates child objects when the input objects are changed.

Lock Children

Locks output created with history.

History Break Warning

Warns when the connection between parent and child objects is broken.

Filter pane

Filter options

Selection Filter Control On/Off

Toggles the Selection Filter control on and off.

Info pane

Info options

Selected object count

Selected object layer

Relative coordinates

Curve parameter/UV coordinates

Annotation style


Absolute tolerance

Angle tolerance

Current layer

Current layer linetype

Number of off layers

Current font

CPlane name


Parallel view size

Minutes from last save

CPU use

Memory use

Available physical memory




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