Wednesday, 21 January 2015

How Do You Re-Set Your Preferences in Maya?

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Maya can be a bit buggy and there will be times when, if it isn't working right, you need to
reset your preferences, and start from scratch.

So how do you reset your preferences in Maya? In Windows it's a pretty easy process, though on a Mac it can be trickier.

How Do I Reset The Preferences?
First revert to the default settings in Maya. To do this, go to Window>Settings/preferences>Preferences. Then in the top bar, select Edit>Restore Default Settings.

That Didn't Work - What Else can I Try?
Sometimes Maya will start acting badly, and often the culprit is a single preference file. 90% of the time, it can be fixed by deleting userPrefs.mel from your preferences folder. To find this, go into your directory and find the User preferences file.  Users/beige/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/2012-x64/prefs/userPrefs.mel).

Delete or re-name the preferences folder
You can also delete, or re-name, your Preferences folder, forcing Maya to automatically generate a new preferences folder when it re-starts. To find the Preferences, go to Documents/Maya/Preferences. Rather than deleting it, try re-naming as Preferences_Old.

On a Mac, your preferences folder is hidden from view. To find it,  you need to find Library. To do this go to your Finder, find the Go drop-down menu, and select Go to Folder. Type Library/Preferences, and you will find your Preferences folder. Now search for Autodesk and find your Maya preferences folder.

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