Panels get rearranged i.e. stacked

Modified by on Jun 10, 2021

Sometimes, the panels in Altium Designer get stacked on top of each other. This article describes the process on how to prevent them from showing in fractal mode in future.

Applicable Versions: 20, 20.1, 21

Solution Details

With the release of AD 20.0.9, you can change a preference setting to prevent panels from getting stacked (permanently.)  Go to Preferences ► System ► General ► Advanced button to find the setting UI.DisableFractalMode, then check the box under the Value column.



For the change to take affect you'll need to unstack the panels once and then restart Altium Designer.  After that, the panels will always display in full size.  

Here's the documentation that announced this and other Workspace Enhancements:
https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/nfs-20-0additional-features-and-enhancements-ad?version=20.0#fractal-panels-option

This Knowledge Base Article discusses how to get the panels out of Fractal mode (unstack them):
How to group panels in tabbed mode when they are in fractal mode?

If you are not able to unstack your panels, you may need to try Preferences ► System ► View ► Desktop section ► Reset button.

This documentation on Working with Panels in Altium Designer may be of further interest:
https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/working-with-panels-in-altium-designer
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