Saving your display options settings

If you change your display options settings (for example, if you change the render style or turn off the display of datum planes), you can store the new settings for future sessions. Abaqus/CAE saves your settings in a file called abaqus_2017.gpr. For more information, see Working with abaqus_2017.gpr files.

From the main menu bar, select FileSave Display Options to save all the current display options settings. The Save Display Options dialog box appears and allows you to save the options in the current directory or in your home directory.

You can edit the abaqus_2017.gpr file using API commands in the Abaqus Scripting Interface; for more information, see Editing display preferences and GUI settings. You can also delete the file to restore the default GUI and display options settings, and you can copy the file to other directories on your computer or transfer the file to a different computer. When you save your settings from abaqus_2017.gpr, Abaqus/CAE always saves all of the current settings and always overwrites all the settings that were previously saved. You cannot save only selected settings. You can use the noSavedOptions command line option to start Abaqus/CAE without loading the settings in abaqus_2017.gpr. For more information, see Starting Abaqus/CAE (or Abaqus/Viewer).

Abaqus/CAE saves the following display options settings in abaqus_2017.gpr:

  • Part and assembly display options; for example, render style, the visibility of the various types of datum geometry and simulation attributes, and the display of mesh, element, and node labels.


    The settings in the Main tab of the Assembly Display Options dialog box are not saved in abaqus_2017.gpr; however, the settings for the simulation attribute categories and types specified on other tabs (such as Interaction and Load) are saved in abaqus_2017.gpr. For more information, see Controlling the display of attributes.

  • Graphics options and viewport annotation options. Abaqus/CAE also saves the perspective setting.

  • Print options.

  • Display options in the Visualization module; for example, the contour type for contour plots and the render style and fill color in the common plot options.

  • Animation options in the Visualization module.

  • Other options in the Visualization module, such as probe, field report, X–Y plot, and X–Y report options.