IE when you open max the default workspace and file settings. I can see where you can choose prebuilt stuff but I am not seeing any options for custom settings.
Real issue is 2013 they now have removed the global apply, just a apply to active tab whatever that is, it just applies to the active viewport and resets the others. Reason I am asking is I HATE the stupid selection brackets setting now with 2013 I have to go to every viewport and change all the display settings individually vs once and applying it globaly to all viewports.
The other reason is there are a tonne of custom things I set up to other tools that have to be done every time and often the defaults are stupid or just the wrong workflow for me.
I figure there is likely some default MAX file somewhere like how word has you can pre-alter it and save it and it just loads up on app start.