When I first installed illustrator it would open up a number of toolbars and useful windows by default. Now, when I open up illustrator I only see the artboard. How can I restore the default settings for this?
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This is what I see when I start up illustrator and open a new file. No toolbars, no windows. I have to manually open all the toolbars and windows I need.
When you rename the preferences folder - does that help?
That did bring back the default toolbars and windows. Thank you. Is there a way to set which tools and windows I want illustrator to open on startup?
Usually it will be opened in the state you last closed it.
If that doesn't work for you, then there is still something wrong with your installation.
Thanks for reaching out. We're glad your issue has been resolved.
We'd request you to check out this help article(https://helpx.adobe.com/in/illustrator/using/workspace-basics.html) to know how you can manage your workspace in Adobe Illustrator.
Additionally, you may try suggestions given on this community post(https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/resolve-slow-performance-and-unexpected-behaviors-in-illu...) if you have such issues further.
Hope it helps.