RMB over the toolbar area and remove them there
This is just a suggestion, but aren't those tabs created by Add-ins? I'd try making sure all the add-ins where toggled on and off and then try re-booting the system.
But it still begs the question as to why he has empty tabs. I have never seen that on my machine that I can recall.
Well I don't use SW2009 but when I turn it on to try something and use the animator and/or the presentation studio, I get those extra tabs but they have words in them. I've never seen any blank one before.
ive checked the add ins, its not that.
when i turn the empty tabs off i end up with this. this is sometimes full of ticks with nothing next to them.
Try renaming your HKCU SW2009 key to see if that clears it up. If it does, then you can start looking there.
How comfortable are you with working in the registry? What you do is rename the current user key to something else so that when SW starts, it rebuilds that registry key from the local machine key settings. But of course the standard disclaimers are in effect that if you don't know what you are doing in the registry, ask for help.
Another easy way is to start SW Rx and at the bottom is an option to start SW with bypassing your settings. Try that first.
latest in the tab saga.
notice the tab with the o in it?
Greg, un-install and start over again. You have problems (your computer, that is)...
The tabs which appear in the UI are driven by the data in your registry. Do you use any automation programs (ie: macros, etc.) or have you, in the past, had other addin products loaded?
Before you uninstall or delete your registry, I'd like to get a copy of the relevant reg keys so we could try and figure out how this happened. If you feel comfortable exporting some reg keys, that would be great.
From a command prompt, type regedit.
Select the following reg key in the tree window:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SolidWorks 2009\User Interface\CommandManager
Select the "File-Export" menu item and save the data to a file. To upload the .reg file to this forum, you might need to zip up the .reg file or rename the extension.
Thanks in advance,
the only add ins i have is collada export and presentation studio. i dont use any macros.
could you explain a bit more on export my reg file? i typed regedit into the run box but it wont allow me to get there.
Try running the program using its full name and path location:
Also, the images you've shown above... are those all taken when working normally in SolidWorks, or do you have the Tools-Customize dialog open with either of those images?
the images above are just during normal work. it generally happens when you open up a part or assembly, then i have to go and uncheck each tab to get rid of it.
ill try post the regedit soon.
i cant find the regedit file anywhere!
i will speak to the it guys and check, as i have a feeling it may be blocked.
OK, can you also ask them if you're using a "virtual registry" or some other special reg environment? Are you able to customize other parts of your UI? For example, if you add or remove a toolbar button using Tools-Customize dialog does it remember it for the next SolidWorks session?
i can add toolbar buttons and they stay there.
here is the reg file. it was blocked.
Your registry shows dozens of tab definitions with no titles. My best guess is that an addin was creating a new tab on each startup of SolidWorks and then upon restart or reload of the addin, it was not correctly re-obtaining its tab from the previous session and would create a new tab instead. I do see two extra "Presentation Studio" tabs in your registry, but that doesn't account for all the other empty tabs, and as far as I know we don't have reports of that addin causing this type of problem.
When you installed SW 2009, was it an upgrade from SW2008 or earlier? Its possible that there was some "tab confusion" related to the product upgrade and one of your addins not properly recognizing its own ID.
My suggestion would be to close SolidWorks and then ask your IT guys to rename the
"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SolidWorks 2009\User Interface\CommandManager" registry key to
"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SolidWorks 2009\User Interface\CommandManager_HOLD"
When you restart SolidWorks, it will revert to the factory default values for your CommandManager layout. Note, if you've added custom buttons to various tabs, etc, that customization will be lost.
In SolidWorks 2010, these empty tabs are hidden from the RMB menu and I don't see them when working normally on a document in 2010 or 2009 SP4. However, the empty tabs will still show themselves when the Tools-Customize dialog is active because "Empty Tabs" are actually a valid state when customizing your commandManager. Because of this, we can't simply add code that removes all empty tab definitions from a users' registry, we will need to find the cause of this problem.
If you begin to see empty tabs appearing again, please let us know what action you believe may have triggered it and we will fix the source of the problem.
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