If one is running windows on a Dell laptop and the Maya UI behaves stangely then try to following solution (taken from link Alias homepage):
- Limitation On some Dell systems, Maya apparently is missing some or all controls in some or all option boxes or dialogs. Specific sliders are not drawn and option boxes may be sized incorrectly or appear empty.
- Solution Change the DPI settings for screen resolution(XP), or default system font size(Windows 2000), restart your system and change it back (and restart again). On Windows this is in display properties: (right-mouse on desktop -> properties), Settings-> Advanced -> Display DPI Setting(XP), or Display Font size(Windows 2000). )