Menus are disabled and Render Queue window is open in After Effects

Menus dimmed in After Effects

When you launch Adobe After Effects,  most menu items are dimmed, and the only open panel is the Render Queue, which is full screen.

Solution: Launch the main After Effects application

You have launched After Effects in the After Effects Render Engine mode by doing one of the following:

To resolve the problem, either launch After Effects using the normal application icon (for example, Adobe After Effects CC 2014), or remove instances of the ae_render_only_node.txt file.

Additional information

The ae_render_only_node.txt file can be in one of the following locations:

  • Mac locations:
    /Users/[user name]/Documents/
    /Users/Shared/Adobe/
  • Windows locations:
    C:\Users\[user name]\Documents
    C:\Users\Public\Documents\Adobe
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