Show Materials for selected. Just 1 click!

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Hernan Rodenstein

A very simple but EXTREMLY USEFUL script you will use all the time!

With just one click it opens the Slate Material Editor and displays all the materials for the selected objects well organized in a clean view.

Forget about the annoying material picker tool. Add this simple button to your toolbar and every time you want to see the material/s for your current selected object/s just click the button and... Voila!

It will save you a lot of time!

INSTALLATION: Just drag the script to any viewport, go to Customize -> Customize User Interface -> Toolbars tab -> choose Rode3D category. Drag "Show materiakls for selected objects" to your top toolbar. Ready to use!

Note: This is a free and open script. You may use it or modify it as you like. I will not provide support since I'm not a programmer but a 3D artist with a little knowledge of scripting. Hope you find it as useful as I do. Cheers!

Additional Info: 

UPDATE: I added a new version of the script that shows the materials always in a new view.

The latest versions of this script are available under the name 'Get Materials (one click!)' at:

Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 2012 and higher
showmaterialsforselected.ms973 bytes
showmaterialsforselected_newview.ms1.01 KB


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dungoc2190's picture

Update 2016

Plesae Update version 3dsmax 2016!!! Thanks you very muck

Hi everyone

dmitrybelonosov's picture

Good idea! Thank you!

Good idea! Thank you!

Bormax's picture

Thank you! Script looks

Thank you!
Script looks useful, but it cleans all my opened views of Mat editor every time I use it. Would be great if materials of selected objects will be displayed in a new view and all existing views will be kept as they are.

suvi's picture

This is cool~

Thank you Hernan~
I used to search for like this function.
It would be help so much for me.
And could I use it with after create icon that name of "rode3d" ?
As I see there are only text button.

charzamm's picture

select by face

Hello, this is a great script, thanks so much. do you know of any that will allow me to do the same but only select by face so i can get which multisub its using to show up right away in the display. thanks!

rode3d's picture

the aim of this script

The aim of this script is to display the materials for the selected objects in a clean view, to give you quick access to them. If you already have the Slate Material Editor opened, the script will clean the current view and display just the materials you asked for.
If you want to modify the script to work as you need, please feel free to do it.

ice-boy's picture

sometimes when using the

sometimes when using the script it deletes all the ''views'' in the slate material. only view 1 is left.

rode3d's picture


Glad you like it. I'm afraid the commands from material nodes context menu are not scriptable. Sorry!

harumscarum's picture

cool script! thank you

very useful! thank you very much
any way to modify it in order to display material with hidden unused slots?

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