The main menu is where you can access everything from basic file operations and display options, to more advanced features such as terrain and level editing tools and AI settings.
Pic1: Menu Bar
Some of these commands can also be executed in the ToolBar and also by using keyboard shortcuts.
The File Menu
The File menu includes commands related to the handling of files such as open and save level file, show log file, and a list of recently loaded levels.
Creates a new level.
Opens an existing level.
Saves the level.
Saves the level under a different name.
Quick Asset Browser
Opens the Assets Browser which lets you to search for anything within your project, and also lets you import assets without having to use separate importer tools.
Export to Engine
Exports the level.
Export Occlusion Mesh
Generates and exports a level Occlusion Mesh for a flagged object. The file will be saved as *.ocm file.
Lists recently opened levels.
Closes the Editor, prompting the user to save before exiting,
The Edit Menu
The Edit menu contains commands related to object manipulation and selection.
Undoes the users last action (Ctrl+Z).
Redoes the users last action (Ctrl+Y).
Opens a history of all changes you've made and lets you go back and forth through them.
Deletes the selected object(s), when you press the Yes button on the
Duplicates the selected object (Ctrl+D).
Copies the item you have selected to the clipboard.
Cuts the item you have selected.
Pastes the item you have previously copied or cut.
Opens a new Level Explorer window that is set up to search for objects.
Align an object to the grid or to another object. Will move the pivot point and
rotation parameters of the object currently selected to the one that you click on
after you press the align to button.
Also contains all the snapping options that are available as buttons in the top-right of the Viewport.
Select the various object editing modes.
Limits the movement to the X, Y, Z, or XY axes, to the surface of the terrain,
or to the surface of the terrain and objects.
Quickly rotates the currently selected object on the selected axis with the degree
value specified in the Rotate Angles settings.
Changes the Coordinate System. For more information on Coordinate Systems, click here.
Opens a window with all shortcuts that set up in the Editor.
Editor Preferences can be set here.
The Level Menu
Save Selected Objects
Saves selected objects as a group including their positions.
Load Selected Objects
Loads the objects you have previously saved and place them in the same location in the level as before.
Linking is used to create hierarchies between objects. If you have one object (child)
linked to another and then move the parent object, the child object will move the
same way. To link one object to another you have to select one entity, then use the
link feature and then clicking on another entity to link them together.
When having multiple objects selected the grouping function will group them together and draw a green box around them.
Lets you regenerate all the cubemaps in a level when you select Regenerate All Cubemaps option.
Go to Position
Moves the camera to a specified location (useful for sharing the view between different users for debugging for example).
Go to Selection
Moves the camera to the selected object.
Activates the Ruler tool which can be used to measure distances.
Save Level Resources
Exports all loaded resources to the specified directory.
Export Selected Objects
Exports selected objects in *.obj file format that can be read by any DCC application.
The Display Menu
The Display menu enables the user to toggle display features which will aid in level design, entity placement and object manipulation.
Other commands such as Remember/Goto Location and viewport navigation speed, can also be accessed from the Display menu.
Allows you to hide all helper objects or turn them back on (Shift+Space).
Enables the Wireframe rendering mode (F2) and turns on the single mode rendering.
Allows you to hide all helper objects or turn them back on (Ctrl+H).
Camera Speed Height-Relative
When enabled, adjusts the speed of camera movement based on the height of the camera above terrain or objects. The camera speed is multiplied by the height in meters (clamped to a range of 1-1000). This lets you to precisely move when being closer to the ground, or quickly to different parts of the level, without constantly adjusting the camera speed slider.
Camera Terrain Collisions
Determines whether the camera will collide with the terrain or move through it when moving around in the Viewport (default = off).
Camera Object Collisions
Toggles object collision on and off. When turned on, the camera does not go through objects on the terrain when hitting them, but will always move along them.
From here you can toggle the perspective Viewport to & from full screen mode.
The Game Menu
The Game menu provides commands to enable the game mode and test newly created features.
Switch to Game
Switches to game mode so you can play the level within
Suspend Game Input
Switches to Sandbox Editor control mode while still running the game in the viewport. This enables adjusting properties in the editor while the game is still running. To enter to the game mode again click on the viewport. Use tilde key (~) as shortcut.
Enables Physics and AI in Edit mode so user doesn't need to jump in game to see how they behave (Ctrl+P)
Sets the player to the position where the current editing camera is. This can be used to prevent the camera triggering logic such as AreaTriggers while in Editing mode.
The Debug Menu
This menu contains a great number of debugging options.
Provides functions to reload specific (or all) game scripts.
Reloads all textures and shaders used in the level.
Reloads geometries used in the level.
Initiates the Terrain (can be used instead of reloading the Editor).
|Check Level for Errors|
Checks the level for errors (duplicate objects, missing assets) and displays a list in the console.
|Check Object Positions|
Searches for objects that are contained within other objects in the scene.
|Resolve Missing Objects/Materials|
Will run a check through the level and try to resolve all objects/materials that have problems.
|Save Level Statistics|
Saves level statistics to the "YOURLEVELNAME.xml" file in the folder:
|Show Log File|
Opens an editor.log file.
The Tools Menu
This menu contains all the different tools that exist within the CRYENGINE Sandbox Editor. These tools have their own pages explaining what they do, which you can find here.
Contains the Display Settings and lets you open different Viewports.
Opens the Asset Browser.
Audio Controls Editor
Opens the Audio Controls Editor tool.
Opens the Database View tool.
Opens the Dependency Graph.
Opens the Dialog Editor tool.
Dynamic Response System
Opens the Dynamic Response System tool.
Opens the Environment Editor tool.
Opens the Flow Graph tool.
Lens Flare Editor
Opens the Lens Flare Editor tool.
Opens the LOD Generator.
Opens the Material Editor tool.
Opens the Mesh Importer tool.
Opens the Particle Editor tool.
Opens Schematyc tool.
Opens the Terrain Editor tool.
Opens the Track View tool.
Opens the Vegetation Editor tool.
Contains several deprecated tools that will be removed in the future and/or merged into other tools.
Opens the FBX Importer tool that loads animations, skeletons, skins and static geometry meshes.
Universal Query System
The Layout Menu
With this menu, you can save and load several Editor layouts.
Save Layout As...
Saves the Editor layout under a different name.
Lets you load a previously saved layout.
Resets the Editor layout tot the default settings.
The Help Menu
The Help Menu contains version information as well as access to the Tip of the Day dialog box.
Go to Documentation
Opens the http://docs.cryengine.com website in your default browser.
Opens a list of Console commands.
Opens a list of CVars.
Displays CryENGINE Sandbox Editor version information.
To make it easier for users to find the tool or action that they're looking for, there is a Menu Search option in the top-right corner of the interface:
Pic2: Menu Search bar
This search bar lets you look for anything that is located within the Menu Bar and shows you where it is. It works the same way as other search bars in the engine; simply type part of the tool or action you're looking for and it will filter out anything in the Menu Bar with the text that you typed.
Say that you're looking for something with "selection". You type in part of the word and all the menu options with that text in it will be displayed:
Pic3: Menu Search results
When you've found the menu option you're looking for, you can either click on it, or navigate through the list with the Up and Down arrows on your keyboard and press Enter, to execute it.