Resetting Your Code::Blocks Configuration

This is an update of a post that originally appeared onĀ April 12, 2013.

Quite a few people have written to me about issues they have with C++ All-In-One for Dummies, 4th Edition that involve getting Code::Blocks up and running. The posts in the C++ All-in-One for Dummies, 4th Edition archive normally provide everything needed to get the compiler up and running. However, there are rare times when no matter how much you try, you simply can’t get the compiler to work.

One technique I haven’t really covered until now is to reset the Code::Blocks configuration. The problem with this approach is that it resets all of your settings, not just those that could be in error. This is the reason that I’ve taken a more measured approach to helping readers through problems until now. My concern is that resetting everything will actually cause more problems and end up confusing some readers, so you really do want to try those other posts first. That said, there are situations where resetting Code::Blocks is the only course of action that will work.

To reset your settings, open your copy of CodeBlocks. Choose Settings | Compiler. You see the Compiler and Debugger Settings dialog box similar to the one shown here.

A view of the Global Compiler Settings dialog box.
A view of the Global Compiler Settings dialog box.

Click Reset Defaults. This action will reset all of the defaults so that they match the initial installation configuration unless you have created a default of your own. Make absolutely certain that the Selected Compiler field shows GNU GCC Compiler as shown in the figure and then click OK. Close and then reopen Code::Blocks before you test your configuration.

Let me know if you have any questions about this procedure at [email protected]. It’s always my goal to make my books as useful to you as possible.