how to deactivate object but not children in inspector?


I just started using Unity 4x and I notice a warning/capability seems to be missing that was present in 3x. I would like to deactivate a parent object using it’s Inspector checkbox, but leave it’s children objects active. In Unity 3x there used to be a dialog box that asked something like, “deactivate children?” but 4x doesn’t have this. Is there any way to get this functionality back? Thanks.


Unity 4 made some pretty serious changes to the way game object active/inactive is handled. If you look, the children are actually still active, however they will report inactive in hierarchy, making them effectively inactive until the parent becomes active again. So no, I do not think you can get that functionality back.