A customer had his messages window somehow compress into a tiny box in the corner of the screen, which he couldn't find for several days. He had his IT try uninstalling/reinstalling Femap. Eventually someone noticed the box and he was able to redock it. For future reference, is the layout of the dockable panes stored in a configuration file somewhere? I'm trying to understand why the uninstall/reinstall didn't fix his problem.
All related to FEMAP configuration can be performed under FILE > PREFERENCES > USER INTERFACE, here you can RESET the user interface and dialog positions. Also, you can save the LAYOUT to save TOOLBARS, and when arriving a new version lo LOAD LAYOUT to get the previous configuration.