To access the Scenery Library
How Flight Simulator Organizes Scenery
To display the proper level of detail as you fly throughout the Flight Simulator world, it's important that your scenery be organized into the correct areas and layers.
Each scenery area is associated with a layer, ordered by priority. Layer 1 has the highest priority; think of it as the top of the scenery stack. The specific layer number assigned to an area isn't as important as that area's relative position in the stack.
Scenery areas vary in size and complexity. The lower its priority in the layer list, the larger the area generally is. For example, the Tokyo scenery area is smaller and more detailed than the Japan scenery area, thus Tokyo is a higher priority layer than Japan.
Arranging Scenery Areas
You can rearrange scenery areas by assigning them to different layers. The concept to keep in mind when you place a new scenery area in the Scenery Library priority list is that it must have a higher priority (a lower number) than the default scenery upon which you want it to rest.
In other words, if you add custom scenery for the Chicago area, you'll want that scenery area to be higher in the Scenery Library priority list than the Central North America scenery area.
To arrange scenery areas from the Scenery Library
Important: You must restart Flight Simulator for any changes made in the Scenery Library to take effect.
Disabling Scenery Areas
You may want to keep a scenery area on your hard drive but not have it appear in the simulator. To accomplish this, you must disable the scenery area in the Scenery Library. In order to manage one add-on scenery area separately from other add-on scenery, the scenery you want to manage separately must be kept in its own folder in the C:\...\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Addon Scenery folder.
To disable scenery areas from the Scenery Library
Adding Scenery Areas
If you purchase or download additional compatible scenery, it's best to use the setup program that accompanies the software to install the scenery area. For scenery that doesn't include a setup program, there are three ways to add the scenery manually to Flight Simulator. The method you use depends on whether or not you want to have the flexibility to manage the new scenery separately from other add-on scenery you may have installed.
The new scenery should contain two folders: Scenery and Texture. By copying the add-on scenery and texture files into the folders named C:\...\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Addon Scenery\Scenery and C:\...\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Addon Scenery\Texture, respectively, the scenery will automatically load the next time you start Flight Simulator. Add-on scenery is automatically placed in a higher layer than default scenery, so that it will be visible.
If you install the files in the folders named above, the new scenery area will not show up separately in the Scenery Library; it will be included in a group scenery area called Addon Scenery. If you install a lot of add-on scenery in this manner, you won't easily be able to tell what you've installed and you won't be able to disable or delete the new scenery without disabling or deleting all add-on scenery.
If you want to have the flexibility to view the new scenery area separately in the Scenery Library and be able to manage it separately from the other add-on scenery, create a separate folder for each new set of add-on scenery in the C:\...\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Addon Scenery folder.
To add a scenery area manually to the Scenery Library
After you install the new scenery, you can use the Scenery Library to change the priority of the area, change its name, and edit the options for that scenery.
Editing Scenery Areas
You can change the name by which a scenery area is displayed in the Scenery Area list. You can also change whether that scenery area is cached or loaded from the hard drive.
To edit a scenery area from the Scenery Library
Deleting Scenery Areas
Deleting scenery that you no longer want will free up space on your hard drive.
To delete a scenery area from the Scenery Library
Managing Scenery File Storage
If you performed a full installation during setup, Flight Simulator copied all of its scenery data to your hard drive. If you didn't run a full install, the scenery files will be copied to your hard disk from the CD as they're needed. To free up hard disk space, you can choose to automatically remove these files when you exit Flight Simulator.
To empty the scenery cache when you exit Flight Simulator
Note: If you didn't choose a full installation during setup, and you select Empty cache on exit, Flight Simulator will rebuild its scenery indexes each time you start. This will increase startup time.
Windows XP, Windows NT, and the Scenery Library
You must have administrator privileges to use the Scenery Library when running Flight Simulator on Windows XP or NT. If you make changes to the Scenery Library as an administrator, the scenery indexes will be rebuilt automatically. If you are not logged in to the workstation as an administrator, you won't be allowed to change scenery files.