Themes, Styles, and Settings (Recommended)

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Themes, Styles, and Settings (Recommended)

Theme, Style, and Settings

We use the Application-Settings dialog box (see Edit menu/toolbar) to change the Theme, Style, and Settings and to suit your preferences and environment.

Together, we use the term Styling for the active Theme, Style, and Settings.

We use the Save and Load buttons, in the Application-Settings dialog-box, to save and load a Styling.


When you exit MechDesigner, we automatically save the Styling to your PC - see Files on your PC.


A Theme defines the colors of the borders, menus, and dialogs, with contrasting colors for the toolbar icons.

You can select from two Themes. (More than 2 Themes from MD16.1)

To select a Theme, do:

1.Edit menu > Application-Settings > General tab > Theme Options : Target Theme

Charcoal Dark Slate : this theme has Dark borders, menus and dialogs with contrasting colors for toolbars icons.

Windows10 : this theme has Light borders, menus, and dialogs, with contrasting colors for toolbar icons.

Windows - not recommended

If you select a Theme that is different from the active Theme, you must restart MechDesigner.

Thereafter, it becomes the default Theme.


If you load a different Theme, then you will most likely want to load a different Styling.

To load a Styling, do:

1.Edit menu > Application-Settings > Click the LOAD button

Dark Style : recommended for Charcoal Dark Slate

Light Style : recommended for Windows10

To save a Styling, do

2.Edit menu > Application-Settings > Click the SAVE button

Ideally save to file-name that is NOT Dark Style or Light-Style.the default path. D

Notes on Styles

Region (locale)

There are Installed Style files that are formatted for those regions that use a ',' (comma) as a decimal separator(Continental Europe), and those that use a '.' (stop) as the decimal separator (All other Places?)

These Style files are in paths ... C:ProgramData/style/Comma/ and ...C:/ProgramData/style/Stop/ respectively.

MechDesigner should find the correct path for your region. But, please look at the path-name to make sure it is correct before you load or save a Styling.


DO NOT overwrite an Installed Styles. Please save a Style with your Style file-name.


You may have, as I have, different color preferences, size of icons, text, symbols; and number-formats, ... that are different from the defaults given in the Dark-Style or Light-Styles.

Use the Application-Settings dialog-box to change these and other settings.

Then use the Save button to save them as new Styling.

> General tab > File Options 

Specify ZXL output directory

Enable Auto-save

Allow Internet Downloads (for Tutorials)

> Accessibility tab > Menus 

Icon Size : Medium

Text Size: Small/Medium (Note: If you change the Text Size, close and open Application-Settings again, and drag the right side of Application-Settings dialog to re-size the dialog)

> Accessibility tab > Graphics:

Symbol Display Size : 5

Symbol Selection Size : 6 to 10

> Number-Format tab > Data Output Format 

Float Number Format : General

Precision : 8

Digits: 4

> Number-Format tab > Dimension and Vector Format 

Precision : 8

Digits: 4

Dimension and Vector Font Size: 13

> Graphics tab >  Display colors 

Background : Mid-Grey (RGB: 128:128:128)

Selected color: Red

Part, Joint & Geometry 'Not-Defined' : Blue

Joint, Geometry 'Solved:': Green ;

Gear-Pair: Dark-Blue

> Graphics tab >  Display Option 

Show Function-Block Captions

Move a Theme, Style, and Settings to a different PC

Note: The active Theme, Style, and the Settings are collectively called a Styling.

You may want to save, load, or move your Styling to other PCs if:

different engineers use the same PC, each with different Styling preferences

you want to distribute the Styling to different PCs for a company-wide application environment.

you want different Styling for when you work at night or in the day.

To save the Styling:

1.Click the Application-Settings > Save button to save the Style to a new style-name.XML.

It is best to save your Styling to C:/Documents/PSMotion/MechDesigner/

2.Exit MechDesigner.

3.Use Windows File-Explorer to make a copy of style-name.XML and also MechDesigner.INI, and MechDesigner.XML - see File on your PC.

On other PC(s):

4.Use Windows File-Explorer to save the style-name.XML, and replace the existing MechDesigner.INI, and MechDesigner.XML with those from the original PC.

5.Restart MechDesigner on the other PC.

6.Click the LOAD button, to apply the style-name.XML.

They become the default Theme and Style.

Video : 'How to load a different style'


Video: Themes, Style and Settings: Edit Style