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How can I save a customized window layout so that every time when I open a .blend file, this window layout is displayed?

Currently, I only know how to save as startup file, but apparently this isn't the same as saving window layout.

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  • $\begingroup$ See blender.stackexchange.com/questions/1520/…. You will need to save startup file if making new layout permanent, $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 22:54
  • $\begingroup$ @MrZak Thanks! But that is still how we save startup file, AFAIK? I wish to have my customized layout when I open any arbitrary .blend file. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 22:58
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    $\begingroup$ Customized layout will be saved for opening files only if you save it into your startup file. In order to make your layout appear while opening file instead of original one first save it into startup file then untick Load UI. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 23:02
  • $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Can screen layouts be locked? $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 3:39
  • $\begingroup$ @cegaton You're right! Your answer there has answered this question. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 4:38

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The window layout(s) of the blender scenes are saved as part of the file. Any file you open will ordinarily open with the window layout with which it was saved, unless when you select a file to open in the file browser window, you make certain that the box beside "load UI" in the options pane (customarily to the left of the screen) is unchecked. If you are starting from your default custom startup window arrangement, and unchecked the "load UI" box, the file you load will be in your customized window arrangement. And once you save the file from this arrangement, when you re-open the file, it will be in your desired window layout.

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You can only do that by saving a new startup file. If you want to keep everything but the layout the same, make a new layout, then press ctrl+u to save the startup file. This will only change the layout when you start up any file in blender.

Hope this helps!

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