Making the Unity Layout Professional

Kyle W. Powers
3 min readMar 28, 2021
Default Unity Layout

Unity is a great program, but the Default Layout (above) leaves something desired once you start getting into the full swing of development. This article is going to show how to change the Layout and save it for future use. The final Layout will be a Professional Layout that makes your job as a developer easier.

Step 1: Change to the Tall Layout preset

Changing to Tall Layout

That will make it easier to adjust to the final Professional Layout and already looks more organized.

Step 2: Move the Game View below the Scene View

Moving the Game View below the Scene View

That will make it easier to see what is going on in both Scene and Game View without switching between them all the time.

Step 3: Change the Project Window to be One Column Layout

Changing the Project Window to One Column

Even though having the Project Window set to One Column gets rid of the pretty thumbnails of files in the Asset folder, it does allow you to have multiple folders open simultaneously, which makes moving files around so much easier!

Step 4: Save the New Layout

Saving the Professional Layout

With the Layout saved, you can use it in other Projects and revert to it if you ever screw the Layout up. This Layout is all you will need to get started with Unity, but if you want to add more windows to it that you may use as you delve further into what Unity can do, see Bonus Steps below.

Bonus Step 1: Add the Console Window

Adding the Console Window

The Console is where errors, warnings, and things you tell your scripts to print out end up.

Bonus Step 2: Add the Animation Window

Adding the Animation Window

The Animation Window is where you can edit and create animations.

Bonus Step 3: Add the Animator Window

Adding the Animator Window

The Animator Window allows you to set up a flow chart or state machine for how the animations are laid out for the selected animator component.

Bonus Step 4: Add the Asset Store Window

Adding the Asset Store Window

The Asset Store is where you can find and download unity packages. It contains just about everything you could want, from characters and plugins to complete game kits.

Bonus Step 5: Add the Lighting Window

Adding the Lighting Window

The Lighting Window is where you can adjust how the lights, environment, and fog is handled.

Bonus Step 6: Add the Navigation Window

Adding the Navigation Window

The Navigation Window is for building a Navmesh and adjusting how objects interact with it.

With your Unity Layout looking clean and professional, you can create and expand your knowledge of Unity with greater efficiency. Continue to follow me for more help with that.