When a project is saved a “workspace.4dw” file is written into the project directory.

This insured, that the next time you open the same project the toolbars remain in the same location.

Once you have a layout you prefer to use as a standard, open the “Project -> Management -> Workspace -> Setup” panel, select the yellow folder icon and Browse to the $User directory.  Select the Write button on the panel and the file will then be used on all future projects when they are first created.

If you’re expecting some issues with your workspace setup, we have found the steps below might resolve any issues.

From a “testing” 12d project:

  1. Close the project
  2. Delete the current “workspace.4dw” from inside the “test.project” folder.
  3. Unzip the “Workspace_Blank.zip” file provided below and place the file into the “test.project” 12d folder, after it is renamed to be “workspace.4dw”.
  4. Open the “testing” 12d project again. There should be minimal toolbars displayed.
  5. Setup your toolbars, Output Window, Background tasks etc, how you would like them to be structured.
  6. Save the project and restart to check the location of the final positions.
  7. Copy and/or rename “workspace.4dw” from the “test.project” folder and place it in your $USER_4D folder. (“workspace.4dw” is the default workspace for new projects)


An alternative to step 6> is to use Project => Management => Workspace => Setup to Export a workspace file.

Note that the workspace file is related to the found toolbars file(s). If a found toolbars file changes, you will need to update the workspace file(s).

It is recommended 12d users review the toolbars provided from 12d Solutions when a new version is available, as additional 12d tools may have been added.