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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!!!
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!!!)

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The Eleventh Doctor Sep 27 @ 9:50pm 
Officer Heavy Aug 26 @ 6:52am 
Pte Jack  [author] Jan 31 @ 6:56am 
I heard (mentioned in a couple of discussions) that some nvidia user are having to disable the Windows Secure boot in Bios to fix some of their problems. You might want to take your situation into the Hub Discussion Group and ask there.
Magelska Jan 26 @ 11:10am 
Aye I'm on a laptop with a GeForce GT 630M. Must just be a laptop issue.
Pte Jack  [author] Jan 26 @ 3:22am 
yeah, there's not much out there for solutions, what graphic card are you using, Nvidia? are you on a laptop...
Pte Jack  [author] Jan 26 @ 3:13am 
Yup, there was something on this in the forum/discussion group. I'm not sure if we ever figured it out. I'll see if I can find the discussion.
Magelska Jan 26 @ 3:06am 
Yes. Its rather infuriating. :/
Pte Jack  [author] Jan 25 @ 2:43pm 
You've select the hide engine from the menu... and your game engine winow is embedded in the view port (Right?)
Magelska Jan 25 @ 10:47am 
I don't want to risk messing with the registry, but I tried this and it hasn't worked for me, my engine window still flickers away in the primary viewport. Any further tips?
Heavycakes [FFoFF] Jan 2 @ 2:30pm 
that's it