Maya 2012 Tutorial
How to Use View Panels in Maya
Whenever you open a scene in Maya, there are four views present; Top, Front, Side and Perspective. It is easy to toggle between a four view and a single view configuration. It is also possible to change your Maya settings so one or four views appear when you open a new scene.
To navigate within your view panels, see topic, Move, Dolly and Rotate Camera.
If you open new document with default preferences, you will see a single perspective view window.
To see a four view (Top, Front, Side and Perspective) layout, choose Panels > Layouts > Four Panes.
You can set the default to Four Panes by choosing Window > Settings Preferences > Preferences.
In the Interface > UI Elements category, set the Panel Configuration to Four View and click Save.
At the bottom of each panel is a label that shows the camera/view name.
A panel can be changed to a different camera by choosing Panels > Perspective or Orthographic, then choosing a camera.
By clicking the panel View Cube you can quickly rotate the view.
To reset the view, click the View Cube's Home button.
View Cube Missing?
The View Cube is enabled and disabled in the program preferences. Choose Window > Settings/Preferences > Interface > View Cube category and click the Show the ViewCube checkbox.
Orthographic and Perspective
The Orthographic panels (Top, Side and Front) show a version of your model without any vanishing points. They are great for lining things up and aligning your objects. Perspective views are used for rendering your final image. For more information, see topic Orthographic vs Perspective Camera.