How to get to the Editor to display a child's World Position?

I've been working in Unity for 6 months, but still haven't figured this out!

How do I get the editor to display a Child Game Object's world position? If I right click on the Inspector View and select "Debug" then I can see the object's Local Position, but there does not seem to be any listing of the World Position.

I am currently working around this by simply dragging the GO out of the hierarchy into the root of the project to grab the number for my code. I realize there are a lot of other workarounds to this problem as well, but I feel like I must be overlooking how to do this in the editor.

You can easily add new editor menu items for this sort of debug functionality. Put this C# script in your Assets\Editor folder (or a sub-folder of Editor). You should now have a new Debug menu on the main menu bar, with a Print Global Position menu item that displays the position of the selected object.

using UnityEngine;
using UnityEditor;

public static class DebugMenu
    [MenuItem("Debug/Print Global Position")]
    public static void PrintGlobalPosition()
        if (Selection.activeGameObject != null)
            Debug.Log( + " is at " + Selection.activeGameObject.transform.position);

You could make a custom editor that displays the world position. Here's a simplified example. You would probably want to do something a little more complicated since this overrides the default view.

class WorldPosViewer extends Editor {
    function OnInspectorGUI() {

        EditorGUILayout.BeginHorizontal ();
        target.position = EditorGUILayout.Vector3Field("World Pos", target.position);
        //this will display the target's world pos.
        EditorGUILayout.EndHorizontal ();


This code is fairly simple. It just displays a Vector3 field in the Transform Component instead of the standard local coordinates. The problem I spoke of earlier is that you need to add back in the functionality for viewing the rotation and other properties since this overrides them.

You could also inspect a different component that you know your object will have then indirectly access its transform.

`target.transform.position = EditorGUILayout.Vector3Field();`