7.3.1 Levels of configuration

There are two levels of configuration:

These two levels are available for good reason: while some configuration details may be of use to all LispWorks users on your machine (for instance, having a particular library built into the image where before it was only load-on-demand) others may be a matter of personal preference (for instance how many editor windows are allowed on-screen, or the colors of tool windows).

In the first case, you use edited copies of files in the config folder to achieve your aims.

In the second case, you make entries in your initialization file. This is a file read every time LispWorks starts up, and it can contain any valid Common Lisp code. (Most of the configurable settings in LispWorks can be controlled from Common Lisp.) By default the file is called .lispworks and is in your home directory. Your initialization file can be changed via LispWorks > Preferences... from the LispWorks IDE.

LispWorks Release Notes and Installation Guide - 18 Mar 2008