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Ever get into a situation using SFM where all that is visible is the Engine Window?
By Pte Jack
This is a quick and easy tutorial on how to get your Editting window back!!!
 
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And This is How to Fix It!!!
This is the fix if your SFM session opens in the engine window and the main Editting (QT Port) window is not visible:

1. SFM is made up of 3 main windows
a) the Engine Window

b) the QT Port(the editting screen we associate with being the main screen for SFM) and

c) the Particle editor

In most cases we tell SFM to automatically hide the engine window, but for some of us we don't get the chance. The Engine window takes priority and blocks off everything else. (You can tell your in the engine window by the menu text, it's orangish yellow. If you click Lyra's picture link above you'll see what I mean). Most ppl think that SFM is broken as in this case when this happens and it's been quite the struggle to find out how to fix it, but here it is....

In the engine window, select Windows, then click QT Port

This will cause the QT Port (the editting window we all know and have learned to love) to open.

Now it may open with all or some of its tabs displayed or none of the familiar tabs at all. The way we know it is the QT Port is that the menu text is Greyish-White.

Like this:



or Like this:



If the QT Port opens in a format that you weren't expecting, just click Window > Then Layouts and select Return to Default Layout.

Once that is done, Click Windows, select Engine Window and ensure that Auto Hide Engine Window is checked on

Like this:



Now that that is done, Close SFM and Restart. SFM should start normally by displaying the QT Port (or the Editting window we all Love!!!)

24 Comments
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sole_dark999 Aug 1 @ 5:47am 
thx for the help
:D
Freakgirl12 Jun 12 @ 8:40pm 
Thanks! The Source Engine guide helped with that pesky window!
GONE ON A TRIP Jun 7 @ 11:21am 
What ever ill just try to fix it
becouse i dont under stand where to search it
Pte Jack  [author] Jun 7 @ 11:00am 
Uhmmm, Hex, you wrote, and I quote "How do i get to That folder cuz when i search it it wont come up"

What folder are you looking for that won't come up? If you mean this one, SourceFilmmaker\game\platform\config It is found in the path that you installed Source Film Maker in, (like C:\program files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\ and then SourceFilmmaker\game\platform\config )
GONE ON A TRIP Jun 7 @ 10:37am 
I dont really know (PS Im new to SFM)
Pte Jack  [author] Jun 7 @ 10:29am 
What Folder and where are you searching for it?
GONE ON A TRIP Jun 7 @ 6:50am 
i gotta ask somthin How do i get to That folder cuz when i search it it wont come up
Pte Jack  [author] Oct 21, 2014 @ 5:21pm 
Close SFM, Go to the SourceFilmmaker\game\platform\config folder and delete the ingamedialogconfig.vdf file. Restart SFM, it should be fixed...
Kevink214 Oct 21, 2014 @ 3:02pm 
I have a different issue. You know the thing when you choose which model you want to create right? Well I moved the model view thingy all the way to the left. No matter what I do I can't fix this issue. How do I fix it?!
Fluttershy Sep 27, 2014 @ 9:50pm 
Thanks!