Shay Shmeltzer's Oracle Development Tools Tips

Where Did that JDeveloper Window Went To?

Shay Shmeltzer
Director of Product Management - Oracle

Approximately once a week we get someone asking this type of question on OTN.

Usually it is something like "I can't get the log window to show up even when I go to the view menu" you can replace the log window in this post with any of the other windows inside JDeveloper.

Usually it happens when someone was messing with the windows and moving/resizing/collapsing them too much and some how minimized them to a size 0.

The solution for this problem is to rename/delete the windowinglayout.xml file from the jdevsystemoracle.ide. directory.

This returns all the windows to their default locations.

As a side note specifically for the log window I usually have it minimized - it pops up when something is being written to it. And don't forget that when you want to get a look at this long stack trace your class just dumped you can double click the log window's tab to maximize it to it's full size and save you the scrolling time.

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Comments ( 9 )
  • lakshminarayanan Friday, December 28, 2007
    I was using 11g Technical preview of JDeveloper and hit the same issue (Log Window disappears)
    Followed all stuff, mv/rm windowinglayout files,still no luck).
    Anything got changed in 11g Jdev.?
  • peter cooke Tuesday, June 2, 2009
    I am using jdeveloper
    having an odd problem when I have multiple files open for editing.
    I used to be able to drag the tab associated with one of the files to the side or bottom of the file editing pannel and the screen would split. I could see 2 files side by side or above/below .
    Now for some reason the dragged tab just disappears. clicking on the window menu, I see the dragged tab(file) but cannot access it.
    I tried renaming/moving/deleting the windowinglayout.xml in hopes that would fix my problem. NO LUCK.
    any suggestions or thoughts???
  • Marius Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Thanks a lot! You`re a lifesaver! :-)

  • guest Thursday, May 31, 2012

    You can find the xml file here

    Close jdev,Just rename the xml with extn _bkp, reopen jdev.


  • guest Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    what if jDeveloper 11g ? i cannot find xml file you are saying

  • guest Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    guest - try the windowinglayout file at C:\Users\youruser\AppData\Roaming\JDeveloper\system11.\o.ide

  • Anand Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    This is execellent- today i messed up everything on my JDEV and now able to restore everything.

  • Óscar Villasur Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    You don´t need to do all this process, if you have the 11 version the only thing that you need to do is just click on Window->Reset Window to Factory Settings

  • guest Monday, June 1, 2015

    Thanks Oscar Villasur, the Restore Factory Settings suggestion was a life saver. The debugger tabs like "Stack" just go missing on their own, and I was not able to bring them back.

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