Since Serious Engine 3.0 the default layout of the editor has stayed the same. It is comprised of the following elements:
- Viewport (or View)
- Visualization and editing of map related data.
- Property group
- Provision of information about and manipulation of map relating data.
- Command bar group
- Provision of editing tools.
- Output group
- Console communication.
- App toolbar group
- Provision of menus.
- App status bar group
- Provision of status information.
The layout of editor elements can be customized in three ways:
- The size of viewport, property group, command bar group and output group can be changed by clicking and dragging on the divider to a neighboring group or to the viewport.
- The position of all groups can be changed by clicking and dragging on the title bar of the group or on the left side handle of App groups. For display purposes, the dragged group will snap to approriate positions but will only stay once is unpressed. By clicking and dragging you can also detach a group from the editor so that it will be in float mode.
- Warning: Because of the automated snap settings it may not be possible in every case to move a group back to its original position. That may require repositioning of other elements.
- Property group and output group contain panels. By default, property group panels are contained in one single property group window. But panels can be freely assigned to other windows either as single panel windows or together with other panels by clicking and dragging on the panel tab.
Here's an example screenshot of a custom layout:
Resetting Layout to Default
If you inadvertently scrambled the editor layout in a way that is irreversible (happened to me a couple of times ;) you can do the following to reset the editor layout to default:
- Go to
- [...]\Steam\steamapps\common\Serious Sam HD The Second Encounter\UserData\Default → SEd3.0 only
- [...]\Steam\steamapps\common\Serious Sam 3\UserData\Default → SEd3.5 only
- [...]\Steam\steamapps\common\The Talos Principle\UserData\Default → SEd4.0 only.
- Delete the file called EngineGUI.prefs.
The next time you start the editor this file will be recreated with default values and your editor will look like fresh out of the box.
Saving Custom Layout
A customized layout (together with all other preferences) can be saved by copying the aforementioned 'Default' folder with another name. You can even create multiple preferences folders and switch preferences (while the editor is closed) by changing the text in the file 'CurrentProfile.txt' to the name of the folder with the preferences you want to use.
The following groups can be toggled with a keyboard shortcut:
- Property group: Alt+~ (QWERTZ: Alt+^)
- Output group: Alt+2
- App toolbar group: ⇧ Shift+Alt+9
- App status bar group: ⇧ Shift+Alt+0