How To Reset Adobe After Effects To Default Layout

Adobe After Effects is a robust software program that allows video experts to generate impressive visual effects and motion graphics. Nevertheless, due to its wide range of features and choices, it’s possible to unintentionally alter the arrangement and end up with an unfamiliar workspace. When this happens, it’s necessary to reset Adobe After Effects to its default layout. In our latest blog article, we will walk you through a simple, step-by-step process to perform this action.

Steps to Reset Adobe After Effects to Default Layout

The process of resetting the software to its default workspace is straightforward and involves the following steps:

  1. Start by launching Adobe After Effects on your computer.
  2. On the main menu, click on ‘Window’
  3. Scroll down the drop-down list and click on ‘Workspace’.
  4. From the side menu that appears, select ‘Reset “Standard” to Saved Layout’.

If you’ve modified the ‘Standard’ workspace, and wish to reset it, you should select ‘Reset Standard to Saved Layout’. If you’re using another workspace, replace ‘Standard’ with the name of your current workspace.

Note: If you can’t find ‘Reset “Standard” to Saved Layout’ under ‘Workspace’, your Adobe After Effects version might be different. In that case, look for ‘Reset to Saved Layout’ or a similar option.

Customizing Your Workspace

Once you’ve reset the workspace, you may want to customize it according to your needs. After Effects allows you to modify your workspace and save the changes. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Arrange the panels and windows as per your preference.
  2. Click on ‘Window’ from the main menu, then select ‘Workspace’.
  3. Select ‘Save Workspace as’, then enter a name for your customized workspace.
  4. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

Your customized workspace will now be available under the ‘Workspace’ menu for quick access.


Resetting Adobe After Effects to its default layout can simplify your workflow, particularly if you’ve accidentally modified the layout. Even after resetting, you have the freedom to customize the workspace to suit your individual preferences. We hope this guide has been helpful in learning how to reset and customize your workspace in Adobe After Effects.