When I open microstation or any file using microstation, by default, view 1 and 2 toggles are set to on. Is there a variable setting anywhere I can change so that only view 1 is set to "on" when I run microstation?
what view(s) will be opened after a file is opened in MicroStation is stored in the file and as such is individual feature of any file. For existing files, open them, set the view as you wish and save settings into the file (Ctrl+F or menu File > Save settings). The next time you will open the file, the new view configuration should be used.
This is the setting that is copied from a used seed file, so if you are not happy with this setting, open the seed file you use, change the views and save settings. All newly created files should be fine now.
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In addition to Jan's suggestions, you can "correct" exisitng files by running this keyin: view off all;view on 1;window tile
You can run this a number of different ways, although the easiest is to customize a function key button and simply click it when needed.
The other way is to run it as a VBA every time you open a file. You can read about that here: http://communities.bentley.com/communities/other_communities/askinga/w/askinga/run-a-vba-macro-when-opening-or-closing-design-files.aspx