If you have ever saved your settings through copy settings wizard prior
to what you did you can reinstall those and it will restore them.
Or you can go to tools>options>system options>colors and there is a
button that says to restore default appearances.
In what way is the Appearance Manager "screwed up"?
Can you post a screenshot of what you are seeing?
Kelvin, Attached is a screen shot... I have messed up the color pallet by clicking on the add and remove from swatch. I just want the original color swatch.
No, I did not save settings. Last year I posted a mess I made by importing setting when upgrading from 2009 to 2010. I learned that one cannot import setting willy nilly but did not refine the process... just ignored it. Bad idea.
Thanks for everyone's interest.
Dennis, I would suggest you to reset the SolidWorks registry (which will set everything to default) but this will also change other customized settings. So better to save the settings using Copy Setting Wizard.
Here is way to reset:
Close SolidWorks and got to Start > Run > type regedit > go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > SolidWorks > SolidWorks 20XX
Rename SolidWorks 20XX to SolidWorks 20XX-OLD (this is just to keep the backup of existing actually registry file), close the registry and restart SolidWorks. This will essentially reset SolidWorks to its as installed settings, so you will have to set all the options again. If this works, return to the registry and delete the SolidWorks 20XX-OLD key.
*XX indicate the version
Purely as a test, go to C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp 2011\SolidWorks\lang\english\colorswatches and replace the four files it contains with the four in the ZIP file attached. make a copy of yours first ... just in case.
colorswatches.zip 2.5 K
Kelvin and others,
I reset the Solidworks registry key and that seemed to do it. Quck and easy. But... I yesterday I received my new PC and have a clean install (2011 SP3). The first thing I have done is make a back up of my settings. Start off on the right foot.
Thanks all for the suggestions.