Cinema 4D / BodyPaint 3D Program Documentation Reference Cinema 4D
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D

Help function

The integrated help function is content-sensitive and contains all reference information pertaining to Cinema 4D / BodyPaint 3D documentation.

It offers easy navigation of content and a multi-layered search function. The fact that it is content-sensitive means that you will be brought directly to the page that corresponds to the menu item for which you need help.

The program elements not included in your version are grayed out and will display information regarding the version(s) in which they are included (a comparison can be found at

Note also the Online-Version of the help, which can also be accessed without installing the application itself.

Accessing Help Manually

Help can be accessed manually via the main menu: Help / Help ….

As with any Cinema 4D manager window, the Help window can be docked anywhere in your layout.


Use the History arrows to page back and forth between help pages. Clicking the Home icon will take you to the Help start page.

Right-clicking on a history arrow will display a list of the most recently visited help pages.

You can now page back and forth through the help files using the Paging buttons.


Contains the entire Cinema 4D reference help.

The Help documentation contains all documentation pertaining to BodyPaint 3D, Cinema 4D Prime, Studio, Visualize and Broadcast.

You can quickly navigate through the Contents menu using the cursor keys. The up and down arrow keys will navigate vertically through the menu; press the right arrow key to open a closed directory and press the left cursor key to close an open directory.


Text entered here will be searched for throughout the entire help. All pages containing the search text will be listed.

If several search terms are entered only those pages containing all terms will be listed.

The Details slider lets you define the degree of detail with which the search should be conducted, i.e., if only basic information should be included (e.g., what is a material? or if headlines, object names, menu names or individual settings in the Attributes Manager should also be included.

The final search function is the full text search (slider at far right).

Use Detail to fine-tune your search.

Full text search

When the slider is moved all the way to the right the search will be conducted within the entire help text. If more than one word is entered into the Search field an AND-logic search will be conducted, i.e., only those pages containing all words entered will be displayed.

The following will occur when a text search is conducted:

In addition, the text that was searched for will appear with a different color so it can be spotted quickly.

Loading Scenes Directly From the Help Files

You will find the following icons within the text, especially in the Tutorial section:

A simple click on the image will load the respective file.

Browser Pop-Ups

Right-clicking anywhere in the Help window will display a list of options (e.g., Print, Reload). These options may vary depending on the operating system being used.


Print the current page

Content-Based Access

The Help documentation can be opened from the GUI using a hotkey (default is set to Cmd+F1 (Mac) or Ctrl+F1 (PC)).

If you want to use a different key combination you can conduct a search for Show Help in the Customize Commands Manager. The first hit will be the command for which a different key combination can be defined.

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The corresponding help text will be displayed when the cursor is placed over an object or tag.

If the context-senstive jump does does not work, please use the Search function.

Copying Textblocks

Text highlighted using the mouse can be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking on the text and selecting the Copy command.


Several bookmarking options are available in the help window’s main Bookmark menu. These options can be used to create, call up or delete bookmarks.

Bookmarks will be saved to the prefs folder in your user directory.

Add Bookmark

Use this command to bookmark the currently opened help page. Alternately you can right-click on an entry and select Add Bookmark from the menu.

Manage Bookmarks...

Selecting this option will open a dialog window in which all bookmarks are displayed. The bookmarks in the list can be selected and deleted using the del-key. All bookmarks will also be displayed in the Bookmark drop-down menu.


Lists all existing bookmarks. Select a bookmark to go to the page.