Netbeans Tools –> Options Dialog Does not Show

Posted on October 14th, 2010 in Hardware & Software by andrija

I just had a very annoying issue – in my Netbeans 6.9 I was unable to open – or as it turns out, see the β€œoptions” window which is under the Tools menu and is obviously quite important. Not much info on the web so I am posting my solution here. If you delete the file api.properties (should be the only one in that directory) that is found in .netbeans/6.9/config/Preferences/org/netbeans/modules/options (and this is in your user home directory) and restart the Netbeans, you should be able to see Options menu again.

Turns out it somehow sets the window position outside the desktop space. My guess is this happens with dual monitor setup when one of the monitors is disconnected. Just a hunch but it would make sense.

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  1. Wolfgang said,

    on January 7th, 2011 at 1:08

    Thank You
    can be a problem with some more screens
    in home office than at work

    the window is out of the screen coorditates
    and so we don’t see him

  2. John said,

    on January 17th, 2011 at 14:36

    Thanks for the tip! I ran into this problem today!

  3. Rob said,

    on March 23rd, 2011 at 18:38

    I think your hunch is correct. I go between dual monitors and single-screen when I take my work laptop home, and that seemed to cause the issue for me.

    Thanks for the fix! (It worked perfectly.)

  4. kszkaresz said,

    on April 14th, 2011 at 11:46

    Thanks a lot! I had the same problem, and your advice helped me! πŸ™‚
    P.S: you surely wanted to write ‘6.9’ in the first line πŸ˜‰
    // sorry for my english

  5. Virgile said,

    on May 18th, 2011 at 11:52

    thank you so much, I was stuck on this one. Works with netbeans7 too and is indeed related to dual monitor: the file contains the line OptionsX=-1100 beacause the option dialog was lastly displayed on the second monitor at work while i am now trying to open it on the primary monitor of my portable here at home. Tx +++

  6. Harry said,

    on June 22nd, 2011 at 15:26

    Can confirm this fixed my problem with netbeans versions 6.9.1 and 7.0. I run a dual screen setup, and had a hunch this was the problem as well, however couldn’t find anyway to fix it or grab the window outside my desktop area.
    Thanks for the fix!

  7. johnj said,

    on October 13th, 2011 at 8:26

    awesome. this helped. Worked in version 7. Although you didn’t explicitly say it, these directions are for WINDOWS. ^_^

  8. gokmev said,

    on October 16th, 2011 at 15:27

    It fixed my problem in NB 7.0.1. Cheers.

  9. Davor said,

    on November 3rd, 2011 at 7:53

    Thanks very much man!

  10. Jeff said,

    on May 22nd, 2012 at 5:53

    An another way to retrieve a lost dialog:

    1) Make the dialog “visible” (but hidden somewhere outside the screen viewport) .
    2)Use “alt-Space” to display the dialog menu
    3)Type “M” to select the Move item.
    4)Use the arrows to move the dialog. This will move and lock the dialog under your mouse pointer.
    5) Use the mouse to drag the dialog at the desire position and click.

    This will work with any “lost” dialog.

  11. zoulema said,

    on December 5th, 2012 at 23:39

    I am very happy now. thank for your help.
    Your post was verry important for me. thanks!!

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