I don't like visual noise, so I want to disable the welcome screen. I found this post which outlines an addition to the maker.ini file to disable the welcome screen.
But it doesn't seem to be working: every time I open FrameMaker, the Welcome Screen is displayed. Even when I double-click a .fm file to open Frame, an extra tab is added for the welcome screen.
Preferences->Global->General contains a setting "show tabbed welcome screen". I've unchecked this, but the next time I start Frame this preference is checked again.
I cannot emphasize this enough: I don't use the welcome screen. I don't want to see the welcome screen.
FM version 184.108.40.2064
Check both maker.ini files to see if the entry is present in both - the User profile one should override the Program Files one if the line is present in both.
But the fact that your preferences aren't being saved indicates that you may have a rights issue to be able to write the changes. Check your access & make sure you have full admin rights.
Why do you not want to see the welcome screen? It provides a lot of functionality, some of them not being available otherwise (like "Restore Last Session") or showing if a FrameMaker Update is available.
The "ShowTabbedWelcomeScreen" flag in the maker.ini only controls, if the Welcome Screen also shows up as a file tap if a document is open.
If you want to completely hide the welcome screen, do the following:
FrameMaker will not show the maker.ini file now.
Note, that FrameMaker saves all current session settings in the user maker.ini when you close FrameMaker. Therefore, make sure to edit it after you have closed FrameMaker.
As I said, I don't like visual noise. The Welcome screen is a pile of disparate items, making it hard to distinguish useful information from clutter. It's full of stuff I don't need. Most of it is just duplication from the menus (where they're out of sight until I decide I need them).
Basically, the Welcome screen feels like a giant billboard ad rather than a useful part of the interface.
I've edited both maker.ini files again, DontShowWelcomeScreen=On is in both files.When I start FM, the welcome screen is not visible, but I still got a welcome screen tab as soon as I opened a file.
In the global maker.ini, there's a ShowTabbedWelcomeScreen preference which was set to On, despite me unchecking this preference in the Preferences dialog.
I set this to Off, and now I can open a file without the welcome screen opening as well.
Thanks for your candid feedback.
"In the global maker.ini, there's a ShowTabbedWelcomeScreen preference which was set to On, despite me unchecking this preference in the Preferences dialog."
The maker.ini in the installation folder is the initial configuration and a fallback file in case the user profile gets corrupted. It should never be modified and not even FrameMaker itself makes any changes there. Also, note that any changes made there would be overwritten with an update.
Any user-based configuration changes go into the maker.ini in the user profile. As mentioned in a reply earlier, the user's maker.ini is located here: %appdata%\Adobe\FrameMaker\16\maker.ini
You should only make changes in the maker.ini in this one.
Let me know if you have any more questions regarding this.