You can customize your
workspace by saving and loading custom user interface (UI) schemes.
A custom UI scheme is
saved as a set of six files:
- .cui: Stores
toolbar and panel layouts.
- .clr: Stores
all color settings (except quad menu colors).
- .mnu: Stores
menu bar and quad menu contents.
- .qop: Stores
quad menu colors, layout, and behavior.
- .kbd: Stores
keyboard shortcut assignments.
- .ui: Stores
the icon scheme (Classic or 2D Black and White).
You can load and save
each of these files individually from their respective panels in
User Interface dialog. You can also load an
entire set of UI scheme files at once with the
Custom UI Scheme dialog, and you can save
the current UI scheme as a complete set with the
UI Scheme dialog.
By default, two sets
of UI schemes are present in the 3dsmax\UI\ folder: maxstart and defaultUI.
Upon startup, 3ds Max Design uses the maxstart file series
if it exists; if not, it uses the defaultui series.
WarningDo not save over
any files that begin with defaultUI, as doing so permanently
overwrites the default UI scheme.
To load a custom UI scheme:
- Set up the custom UI scheme within 3ds Max Design using the
options on the Customize menu
User Interface dialog.
- Save the custom UI scheme with Customize
menu Save Custom UI Scheme.
- During your current 3ds Max Design session
or any later session, choose Customize menu Load Custom UI Scheme.
- In the Load Custom UI Scheme dialog,
select a type of customization file (.cui, .mnu, .clr, .kbd, .qmo,
or .ui) from the Files of Type drop-down list.
- Choose any file with the appropriate
extension. 3ds Max Design will search for (and load) any other type
of UI scheme file with the same base file name.
If you choose a UI scheme
for which one of the six file types is not present, the part of
the user interface for which there is no file will not be changed.
To return to the default UI scheme:
If you start 3ds Max Design and
its user interface has an unfamiliar layout, you can always return
to the default UI scheme.
- Choose Customize Load Custom UI Scheme.
- From the Load UI File dialog that displays,
choose defaultui.cui, and click Open.
All the default UI files
begin with the base file name defaultui. When
you choose defaultui.cui, 3ds Max Design loads
all default UI scheme files.
To start 3ds Max Design with a custom user
- Arrange the user interface as you would
like it to appear when you start 3ds Max Design.
- Choose Customize menu Save Custom UI Scheme, and save your custom
UI scheme with the base file name maxstart.
The next time you start 3ds Max Design, 3ds Max Design uses
the current UI scheme.
If the Save UI Configuration On Exit option
on the Customize menu
on (which it is by default), the state of the user interface when
you close 3ds Max Design overwrites the maxstart
To start 3ds Max Design with a custom user
interface from the command line:
- Save your custom UI scheme with a descriptive
base file name with the
Custom UI Scheme dialog.
- Right-click the 3ds Max Design icon on the
Windows desktop, and choose Properties.
- In the Target field, change 3dsmax.exe to 3dsmax.exe
-c, followed by the name of your .cui file.
-c myfile.cui. Be sure to leave
a space both before and after the -c.
If you want to move the
UI scheme to a different computer, copy all the files in the 3dsmax\UI\ folder
that start with the custom UI scheme base name to the new 3dsmax\UI\ folder.
Alternately, you can add the path name to the command line.
To save a single UI scheme file:
- Choose Customize menu
- Access the panel for the type of user
interface item you want to save.
- On the panel, click Save.
To change the icon display from Classic
to 2D Black and White:
- Choose Customize menu Save Custom UI Scheme, enter a filename,
and click Save.
- On the Custom Scheme dialog, next to
Icon Type, choose the type of icon you want to display.
- Click OK to close the dialog and save
- Choose Customize menu Load Custom UI Scheme and then open the
UI scheme you saved.
- Load Custom UI Scheme
On the Load Custom UI
Scheme dialog, you specify the base file name of the custom UI scheme
you want to load. You can select any type of UI scheme file from
the dialog, and 3ds Max Design will load any other type of UI scheme
files with the same base file name.
- Save Custom UI Scheme
This standard Windows
file save dialog lets you save your customized UI scheme.
- Revert to Startup Layout
Revert To Startup layout
automatically loads _startup.ui, which returns the
user interface to its startup settings. This temporary system file
is created automatically when you start 3ds Max Design. Use this option
to return the UI to startup settings.