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Tekla Structures settings in Windows registry

Added October 31, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Tekla Structures settings in Windows registry

Tekla Structures settings in Windows registry

Windows registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options in Microsoft Windows operating systems. Registry settings are used during a Tekla Structures session and during a Tekla Structures installation.


Do not change the registry settings. Changing the settings can cause the operating system to fail. It is possible to view the registry settings using the Registry Editor.

User settings

Some of the Tekla Structures user settings, for example, general options, and dialog box locations and sizes are stored in the registry. The settings are saved in a registry key named after the Tekla Structures version number in the registry branch HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Trimble\<VERSION>.

Tekla Structures uses the hardcoded default settings when opened for the first time after the installation. If you change a setting during a Tekla Structures session, Tekla Structures saves the change during the session, or when you exit Tekla Structures. When you open the same version of Tekla Structures again, the changed setting is used.

When upgrading to a newer Tekla Structures version, you can use the Migration Wizardtool that is used when taking into use an updated version of Tekla Structures for copying settings defined by the user in the earlier version

The migration wizard can be used to copy settings included in initialization files.

tool to copy the settings you have changed.

Installation settings

The Tekla Structures installation saves information to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tekla\Structures\<VERSION> registry key.

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by Anders Jonasson

A common situation is when a toolbar and/or dialog doesn't show up on the screen.
One alternative is that the dialog has been moved so its almost not visible and can in these cases be found if you take a closer look.
The other alternative is when user previously have had the dialog at a location that no longer exists on the visible screen. Common if user have a laptop with one or multiple monitors connected occasionally. In this case the dialog IS open but not visible.
The registrysettings for most dialogs and toolbars can intuitivly be found in the registry under the branch "dialogs" and "Toolbars" respectively, but there are some extremly hard ones.
One of them are the "Custom component editor"-window. First of all is it a toolbar, and the name of it is xs_library_connection_toolbar. Its settings can be found in [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Trimble\TeklaStructures\2017i\Toolbars\xs_library_connection_toolbar]
There are two values that define the toolbars coordinate location on screen:
X and Y.
If any of these values are greater than the current screensituation are limited to, the toolbar will be up and running but invisible. Change the X and/or Y to small value. Lets say 20, the toolbar will show up in the upper left corner. Doubleclick the value, select "decimal" and write 20.
Tekla must be closed when you make the registrychange.