More Productive Editor Layout in Unity

This article will teach you the basic concepts and guides you with hands-on exercises to customising your working environment in Unity

After completing this , you’ll be able to:

  • Understanding of the layouts available in Unity
  • Ability to customise, save and delete a layout
  • How to revert back to Unity original layouts

When you start a new Unity project, you will be presented with the Default layout. Unity has a number of layouts that you may choose from. Let's choose the Tall layout. You may navigate via Window > Layouts and choose Tall or click on the Layout options and choose Tall. Both are demonstrated below.

Windows > Layouts > Tall
Another way to change the layout

Now we want to see both the Game View and Scene View without having to swap tabs each time. To do this, click and hold on the Game tab and drag it into the bottom half of the Scene view to create a split between the views. Adjust the Game view so they both take up the same space as shown below.

Split the views and adjust

You may notice in the Project view, items seem to be squishy. Lets fix this by clicking on the 3 dots and choose One Column Layout

Changing the Project view to One Column Layout

This now provides a more productive way to see and navigate around. We can expand and collapse folders, and click on files

Now that we have a more productive way of working in Unity, lets save this layout so we may use it for other projects.

Click on the Layout dropdown and choose Save Layout…

Type in the new layout name and press Save

Profressional? Oh we have misspell that. Lets go into the Layout dropdown, select Delete Layout. Choose Profressional. This will remove the layout.

Now click on the red cross to close the window.

Go ahead and Save a new layout named Professional ;)

As an added bonus, let’s create a layout that is optimised for Mobile Game Development. Mobiles tend to have a tall and narrow screen, so we will need a Scene view and Game View alongside each other. Give it a go or you may follow the steps below. Save this new layout as Mobile.

Create a mobile development layout

Now as a note, if in the earlier stage you accidentally removed one of Unity’s layouts, in the Layout dropdown, choose Revert Factory Settings… to restore back to the beginning but you will lose any layouts you may have created.

Reverting to factory settings

Nice work! You now know how to customise your working environment.

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