Saving Workspaces with Screensets in Logic Pro X - dummies

Saving Workspaces with Screensets in Logic Pro X

By Graham English

Logic Pro X has lots of windows, inspectors, icons, and interfaces. You could probably imagine having two or three 30-inch displays with everything open all at once. So what do you do when you get your screen just the way you like it? You create a screenset, a snapshot of your current screen layout.

You’re always using a screenset. The numbered menu to the right of the Window menu shows you what screenset is currently selected. Screensets store window size and placement, your control bar customization, your zoom level, and much more.

You can import another project’s screensets by using the import project settings. You can assign screensets to all the number keys except 0, which makes them easy to navigate. You can also store double-digit screensets. Press Control for only the first digit of double-digit screensets (but you still can’t use 0).

To create a screensets, do one of the following:

  • Press any number key from 1–9. If a screenset doesn’t already exist, one is created. To create screensets higher than 9, press Control with the first digit.

  • Click the Screenset menu (the number in the main menu to the right of Window) and choose Duplicate to make a copy of your current screenset. Name your screenset in the dialog that appears and press OK.

After you have a screenset exactly how you like it, you can lock it from the Screenset menu. You can also delete and rename screensets from the Screenset menu.

Screensets are easy to recall because all you have to do is use your number keys. Most projects don’t need more than 9 screensets, but it’s nice to know you can have as many as you want in case you need them for a specific workflow.

Following are some ideas for using screensets:

  • Open the score in a separate window from the main window to reference the music notation while you record or edit.

  • Open the Mixer and Floating Transport windows when you’re focusing on mixing.

  • Audio and MIDI editing might need windows to be positioned just right for a good workflow.

  • Software instruments and their interfaces can get their own screenset for quick sound editing or playing.

  • Open a main window with no inspectors or editors so you can see your full arrangement quickly. Don’t forget the Z key command, which zooms everything to fit in the main window.

  • If you work on a laptop and a desktop computer like I do, you can create a set of screensets optimized for the display size and save them as a template for either starting projects or importing the screensets into current projects.