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What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? Migrate Custom Settings

Heidi Hewett
March 28, 2016

Welcome back, to the third in the “What’s New in AutoCAD 2017?” series. In my last post, we drilled into the new Autodesk Desktop App. Here we look at the new Migrate Custom Settings tool. Current users know the benefits of customizing AutoCAD software to meet their specific needs. It follows, then, that bringing forward your custom settings and files from a previous release is a necessity! Well, AutoCAD 2017 makes that simpler than ever.

The Migrate Custom Settings tool offers a modern and informative interface for ease of use. It detects and clearly identifies customized settings, enabling you to choose which ones to migrate.

To see it in action, check out the Migrate Custom Settings overview video.

For more details on AutoCAD customization and the Migrate Custom Settings tool… read on!

AutoCAD 2017 Migrate Custom Settings

Migrate Custom Settings

Migrate Custom Settings

The redesigned migration summary report provides more information in an easier-to-read format.

Migration log file

Migration log file

Change your mind about migrating settings from a previous release? Use the Reset tool, accessible from the Start menu, to easily restore the default AutoCAD settings.

Reset settings to default

Reset Settings to Default

What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? The Adventure Continues….

This is the third in a series of deeper dives into the top new AutoCAD 2017 features. For an overview of all new AutoCAD 2017 features, read AutoCAD 2017: It’s… Alive!

Next up in the What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? series: License Manager

Previous topics covered include….

Want to see the entire series at a glance? Visit the “Blog Series: What’s New in AutoCAD 2017?” page.



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Heidi Hewett

Heidi Hewett has dedicated her career to educating people on the use of AutoCAD software. She began using AutoCAD as a student in 1986 and soon after earning her B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Heidi transitioned from an Autodesk customer to an Autodesk employee. During her career at Autodesk, Heidi has held a variety of positions including Product Support Technician, Training Specialist, and Senior Applications Engineer. In her current role as the AutoCAD Technical Marketing Manager, Heidi assists the marketing team in developing and delivering technical marketing material for AutoCAD. She continues to educate Autodesk customers, partners, and employees through Webcasts, seminars, and her AutoCAD Insider blog. It is her passion for education that inspired Heidi to earn an M.S. in Technical Communication and an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies.


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  2. hpflyer

    never mind – I found it – the latest windows operating system has a very different look

  3. hpflyer

    How do you access the migrate settings dialogue – I don’t have anything on my computer that looks like the screen in your video

  4. wadehunnicutt

    Is this capable of migrating settings to a new computer (without previous versions running 2017) from an old one where a previous version was used?

    1. Heidi Hewett (Post author)

      That’s a great question. Unfortunately it’s not something that we can do right now. The AutoCAD team is aware of the need.

  5. DarrenSheather

    I have just done a full install of Map 3D and do not even have this option available. tutorial makes it looks easy, but how can I access it if it cannot be seen?


    After installing I do not have the migrate custom settings from previous release tool. It does not appear to be an add-on tool that needs to be installed separately either. I am running AutoCAD Electrical 2017 and I can’t think of any reason why it would not be included in this package. Major disappointment. 🙁

    1. Heidi Hewett (Post author)

      I’m not very familiar with AutoCAD Electrical but I checked with that team and they confirmed there should be a utility for migrating from previous versions of AutoCAD Electrical to the new version. Here’s a link that may be helpful

      They also confirmed the AutoCAD migration tool should be included with AutoCAD Electrical but only works with AutoCAD settings.