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Preferences won't show up

Message 1 of 7
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Preferences won't show up

Hi all,

after a search through the internet for my problem, I want to try and ask directly here for a solution. The problem is simple to explain, when I click on the preferences button, the preferences will not show up. Doesn't matter if I click on the button on the buttom right or in the menu "Window/Setting/Preferences".

All other windows open up correctly, the script editor doesn't show anything when I click on it although I'm not sure if it should anyway.

I have a Maya 2011 x64 student license, Windows 7 Professional, AMD Phenom II X4 810 Processor 2.60 Ghz and an ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.

Anyone know something about this problem? I would appreciate any kind of feedback and support,

Thanks in advance,


Message 2 of 7
in reply to: Anonymous

your preferences window could be off screen, so might be worth deleteing your windowPrefs.mel (located *user*\maya\2011-x64\prefs\)

When you start maya back up again all your windows startup position will return to default.
Message 3 of 7
in reply to: Anonymous

Well, that has done it. I had hoped it would be that easy.

Thank you very much for your fast answer 🙂

Have a nice day 🙂
Message 4 of 7
in reply to: Anonymous

lol no worries.
Message 5 of 7
in reply to: lee.dunham

You can delete the "windowPrefs.mel" file it's enough.

Message 6 of 7
in reply to: Anonymous

Thanks @loupblack and @lee.dunham for the great replies! @Anonymous, I'm going to go ahead and mark these solutions for future users! I hope you all continue to enjoy the forums, thanks for being part of a great community! 🙂

Message 7 of 7
in reply to: Anonymous

Fixed it by:

Left mouse click the icon with the little guy running next to a gear located at the bottom right of the Maya screen.

When you do, press alt+space bar at the same time. If done successfully, a pop up window will appear. Choose maximize and move the panel to a visible location on your screen.


The issue was that the preferences panel was off screen. This steps should re-center it without having to delete pref folder. Hope it helps!


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