Quick Setup / Restore of Domino Designer

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David Leedy recently posted a video on Domino Designer Tips and Tweaks, which is great. But sooner or later, you’ll move to a new PC or (god forbid!) have a serious problem with Domino Designer / Notes and really want to reinstall, to clean everything up.


Then you’ve got to remember what settings you changed and where to find them.


Except you don’t. Because Domino Designer is on Eclipse. Out of the box, Eclipse gives you the functionality to export your preferences, as Dan O’Connor mentioned in a comment on one of my previous blog posts. But like the Package Explorer in 8.5.2, it’s a bit hidden away.


The first step is to go to a non-Domino Designer perspective. I use the Java perspective. When you then open the File menu, you’ll see some additional options for Import… and Export…. Export is the one we want.


This brings up a dialog box. Under General, you want to select Preferences.

File - Export..., select General - Preferences

You can then select all or selected types of preferences, and choose a file location to export them to.

Export all preferences and choose file location


Then on your new install of Lotus Notes / Domino Designer you can again switch to the Java perspective or another standard Eclipse perspective and choose FileImport…. Point to the location and you can import your preferences.


Within a few minutes, all my preferences, all widgets in the relevant categories of my Widget Catalog, all Sametime communities and groups (once I had added a default community) were installed. Some settings for some widgets were downloaded, but not all. Nonetheless, it was a significant time-saver when setting up my new laptop.


It’s a shame the functionality is hidden and presumably not available for a Notes Client only install. It could save a lot of time and ensure your users love Lotus Notes.

AUTHOR - Paul Withers

Paul Withers is an IBM Lifetime Champion, has been an OpenNTF Board Member since 2013, has worked with Domino since R4.5, XPages since 2009, co-authored XPages Extension Library and was technical editor for Mastering XPages 2nd Edition. He is one of the developers on OpenNTF Domino API as well as contributor to a variety of other OpenNTF projects. For full bio, see

  • Sven Hasselbach | Feb 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the tip. But the jvm properties are not included (or am I wrong?)

  • Paul Withers | Feb 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I’d suspect you’re right, this is just getting the preferences, not or any additional notes.ini settings

  • Ryan Buening | Sep 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks, Paul. Never knew this existed.

  • Henry Newberry | Apr 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for this pointer, I may not have to bug Nathan again (at least about this…)


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