Have You Tried: Customizing the AutoCAD UI

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Have You Tried

The AutoCAD user interface, or UI for short, provides access to most of the commonly used tools, but not everyone uses AutoCAD the same way. If you find yourself wanting to hide the tools you don’t use and to maximize the drawing area available to you, you’re in luck. One of the best features in AutoCAD is the ability to customize the user interface.

Customizing the AutoCAD UI

You can add, hide, and customize many of the tools found in the AutoCAD UI. Here are some of the tools you can customize:

  • Quick Access toolbar buttons and controls
  • Ribbon panels and tabs along with buttons and controls
  • Dockable palettes
  • Status bar controls
  • Drawing area elements (ViewCube, Navigation bar, and so on)

Have You Tried: Customizing the AutoCAD UI

You can explore some of the basic user interface customization methods by following the step-by-step examples in the HaveYouTried:CustomizingtheAutoCADUI topic.

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Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

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