render view

I want to be able to see things as they will look when rendered as i’m working. how do i do that?

Download a Cycles build from and enable Rendered drwa type for the window. If you mean you want to see your UV mapped textures, then switch your draw type to Textured.

All I really want to do is be able to set up the composition without going back and forth. Textures are not the prob. I just need to be able to pick a veiw that allows me to see things how they will be rendered compositionally and make changes.

You mean you want to see the view through the camera?
Press ‘0’ on your numberpad.