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Roblox Studio Overview

Roblox Studio Overview

Aug 29 2019, 9:30 AM PST

Welcome! This guide will help you explore Roblox Studio, the all-in-one tool for building, scripting, and testing games in Roblox.

Studio Interface

The Studio interface is divided into several sections. Here’s the basic arrangement:

Menu Bar

At the very top of the Studio window is a menu bar with the following items. Click on the numbered items below to learn more about these important sections.


Ribbon Bar

Below the menu bar is the ribbon bar. The tools that are displayed in the ribbon change when you click on the Home, Model, Test, View, and Plugins tabs (see above).

Game Editor Window

This is where most of the magic happens! Here you can view, design, play, and move the virtual camera around your Roblox world.

Inside the game editor window, you can move the camera with these controls:

Key/Shortcut Action Description
W Forward Move the camera forward
S Back Move the camera back
A Left Move the camera left
D Right Move the camera right
Q Down Move the camera down
E Up Move the camera up
Shift Change camera speed In combination with any movement key, changes the camera speed (camera speed can be customized within Studio settings)
Right Mouse Button Turn the camera Hold and drag to freely move the camera view around
Mouse Scroll Wheel Zoom in or out Zoom the camera in or out
F Focus Focus the camera on a selected part

Explorer Window

The Explorer window shows a list containing every Instance inside of a place. It can be toggled from the View tab.

The Explorer window uses the concept of parenting to organize all of the instances. If an instance has any children, it will show a small arrow next to its name. Clicking on this arrow toggles a list of all the children of that instance.

Here, Model and Part are on the same level; both are direct children of Workspace.
In this example, Model is a child of Workspace and Part is a child of Model.

Properties Window

The Properties window, toggled from the View tab, shows every detail about how an object looks and behaves. For example, a Part has properties such as Position, Material, and Size which define where the part is located and how it appears.

Any changes you can make with a Studio tool can also be made by setting the values inside the Properties window. You will even see some properties that don’t relate to a Studio tool!

Saving and Publishing

Roblox games can either be saved online to Roblox servers or offline to your local machine.

Games vs. Places

Roblox games are made up of individual places. A place is like a level or stage in a larger game — it contains the building blocks, terrain, user interfaces, game logic, and everything else that makes up a level.

Publishing to Roblox

The best way to save your work is to publish it to Roblox’s online servers. This lets you edit it from the Roblox website on any computer that can run Studio. Publishing also lets your friends find and play your creations!

Select FilePublish to Roblox As. to publish your work. This will open a window where you can select which “slot” to save to. You can choose a new slot or save over an existing one.

Local Saves

You can also save a place locally to your computer by selecting FileSave As. This will ask you to provide a name for the place as well as a local destination. The saved file format will be either .rbxl or .rbxlx.

Customizing Studio

Dark Theme

Studio has two themes: the light theme (standard) and a dark theme. Many users like the dark theme when they’re working in rooms with less light.

To switch to the dark theme:

  1. From the Studio menu bar, select FileSettings.
  2. On the left side of the popup window, select the Studio tab.
  3. On the right side, look for the General section.
  4. For UI Theme, select “Dark” from the pull-down menu.

Moving Windows

The windows in Studio can be customized to fit your ideal work style.

Moving Windows
Stacking Windows
Un-Docking Windows

Quick Access Toolbar

The top-left region in the Studio menu bar is called the Quick Access Toolbar and it contains shortcuts to various buttons and commands in Studio. You can freely add, remove, and rearrange actions in this section.

To quickly customize the Quick Access Toolbar, click the small arrow to the right of the toolbar. This will reveal a drop-down menu that lets you enable and disable items in the bar.

You can also add and remove buttons, as well as change the order of the buttons, by selecting Customize from the drop-down menu.

Studio Shortcuts

All of the shortcuts in Studio can be customized. There are also many Studio actions without default shortcuts that can be tied to any key combo. See Roblox Studio Shortcuts for a complete list of these actions.