Customizing the Track View Window

The Track View user interface is fully customizable. There are many ways you can change the UI to suit your needs.

A customized Track View user interface:

• Controllers toolbar docked left

• Controller window (Hierarchy) hidden

• Tools toolbar floating

• Navigation toolbar docked right

You can hide or display UI elements as you need to use them. Customization tools are available from the Track View menu bar or from several Track View toolbars. You can float or dock the toolbars to the top, bottom, left, or right of the application window, for example, floating a toolbar so it is closer to where you are working.

To customize the Track View UI, right-click the menu bar or the blank space to the right of the Track View toolbars. A right-click menu opens with customization tools.

Track View Toolbar Right-Click Menu

You can use commands on the toolbar right-click menu to perform most Track View interface-customization tasks. Move your cursor over the blank space to the right of the Track View toolbars and right-click to open this menu.

Show UI Elements

This submenu, available on the toolbar right-click menu (see preceding), lets you toggle Track View user-interface elements. You can hide or show the menu bar, scroll bars, the controller and key windows, and the time ruler.

Menu Bar

The menu bar gives access to most of the tools also found on the toolbars. The menu bar can be displayed or hidden in the Curve Editor, Dope Sheet, or track bar. The menu bar is context-sensitive, so it changes its display depending on which Track View mode is active.

Scroll Bar

Standard Windows scroll bars can be displayed or hidden for the Track View window. These are useful for navigating complex or lengthy windows.

Use the Pan hand button to scroll when these are not visible. The middle mouse button can also be used to activate the pan hand to scroll this window.


There are two side-by-side display areas in Track View. They are the Controller window and the Key window. The Controller window contains the Hierarchy list with labeled tracks. The Key window displays the keys either as curves in the Curve Editor, or as boxes or ranges on a grid in Dope Sheet mode. Use Show UI Elements, available from the toolbar right-click menu, to hide either window.

Time Ruler

A movable time ruler is provided. To measure time, you can move the time ruler close to the keys or curves when working zoomed in. Default=on.

Show Toolbars

The Show Toolbars submenu on the Track View toolbars right-click menu lets you toggle the available toolbars. Some are available in both Curve Editor and Dope Sheet modes, while the availability of others depends on the mode.

Track View - Curve Editor Toolbars

You can display Curve Editor toolbars for quick access to tools.

The Curve Editor toolbars that you can display or hide, dock or float, from the right-click menu include the following:

Dope Sheet Toolbars

There are 11 toolbars that can be displayed when in Dope Sheet mode. In addition to the ones listed above for the Curve Editor, you can also choose to display the following:

Soft Selection Toolbar

Both the Curve Editor and Dope Sheet Edit Keys mode take advantage of soft selection of keys. If you choose Keys menu Use Soft Select, then choose Soft Selection Settings, the Soft Selection Settings toolbar is displayed. This toolbar is accessible only from the Keys menu, not from the right-click menu. If you want this menu to stay visible, save a Track View layout.

Track Bar

You can dock the Track View windows below the time slider and track bar by choosing Dock Bottom from the toolbar right-click menu. You can dock multiple Track View windows using this technique.

You can also display a Track View window below the viewports by clicking the Open Mini-Curve Editor button at the upper left corner of the track bar. Using this method, the time slider and track bar are replaced with the Track View window. As with Dope Sheet and Curve Editor modes, you use the toolbar right-click menu to display or hide all Track View UI elements.


To save a Track View layout:

  1. Customize the Track View layout as you want.
  2. When you want to save it, right-click the Track View menu bar or the blank area at the right of the Track View toolbar, and choose Save Layout As.
  3. Enter a name you will remember.

To reload a saved Track View layout:

  1. Right-click the Track View menu bar or the blank area at the right of the Track View toolbar and click Load Layout.
  2. Choose the layout you want to display in Track View.

To save a Track View window:

You can save a particular Track View window, displaying to a particular set of tracks, by using the Name: Track View toolbar.

To restore the default Track View user interface:

If you have customized your Track View user interface and want to return to the original installed version, do the following:

  1. In the \plugcfg folder within the 3ds Max install directory, locate the file trackview.bak.
  2. Copy the file and rename the copy trackview.ini.
  3. In Windows Explorer or My Computer, right-click and choose Properties. Make sure the Attributes is not set to Read-only.
    TipYou can also right-click the Track View title bar and choose Load Layout Default to return to the default layout. This works only if you have not saved over the default.

To add a new menu bar name to a custom Track View layout:

  1. From the Customize menu, choose Customize User Interface.
  2. On the Menus panel, click New to create a new menu. Enter the name of the menu in the New Menu field and click OK.
  3. Using Notepad, open |plugcfg|trackview.ini, and navigate to the layout section. To affect the Curve Editor toolbar, choose the section named [default], or to affect the Dope Sheet toolbar, choose the section called [Dope Sheet layout].
  4. Change the value of the "Menu Name" entry to the name of the menu you created in step 2.

    Save the layout after you are done and the changes will be persistent.

    TipYou can also make the Dope Sheet Editor point at a renamed menu bar by using MAXScript:

    In the MAXScript Listener, type trackviews.current.ui.menubar = "Dope Sheet - Menu Bar", substituting your menu bar name, and then press the Enter key.

    NoteThere is also a script that lets you choose menus from a list. Choose Customize menu Customize User Interface, then on the Menus panel, set Group to Main UI and Category to Track View, and choose Load Menu Bar from the Action list. Select the Track View menu bar you want to customize from the drop-down list on the right. Drag the action to the right window and the menu bar will be customized.
  • Track View Toolbar Right-Click Menu

    You can use commands on the right-click toolbar menu to perform most Track View UI customization tasks. Move your cursor over the blank space to the right of the Track View toolbars and right-click. This shortcut menu's customization tools are as follows: