If you have ever looked in the Toad data directory you were probably a little bit bewildered about all the stuff in there. This article will try to shed some light on what all the files in there are used for by the Toad application.
First off all before we start off here, lets begin with something really basic. If you don't know where the application data directory is there is a very easy way to find it. Just go into the Help|About of Toad and click on the Application Data Directory link.
This will bring up a windows explorer window showing the data directory. Just one note, if you want to tinker with something in here be sure to shut down Toad first.
So now you see the stuff in the directory. Lets start going through the files to see what they are all used for.
There can be some more log files generated too by setting different command line option to generate additional debug information. All these files will then be included in the support bundle when generated.
Now lets look at what is in all the sub directories and what they contain.
If you are running into problems which you suspect might be settings related the easiest way to check that out is to just rename the settings directory (You need to close Toad first) and then restart Toad. If this solves the problem the two files that you can almost always copy over from your old directory without any problems is the connections.xml, sessions.tss file and the Layout directory. Replacing these files you can reset all your options "the hard way" without loosing your connection history and the layout of all tool windows which are usually the part that takes the most work to restore in my opinion.