Have You Tried: Creating Tools on Tool Palettes

Have You Tried

Most drawings follow a set of CAD standards to ensure objects display and output as intended. Using tools added to tool palettes is another way of ensuring that CAD standards are followed in your drawings.

In the HaveYouTried:InsertBlocksQuicklywithToolPalettes topic, we showed you how to create and use block tools from a tool palette. While blocks are important to most standards, they’re not the only type of objects that can be defined on tool palettes.

In addition to quickly inserting blocks from tool palettes, adding tools on tool palettes can provide a significant increase in efficiency for other types of content, including:

  • Hatches and fills
  • Dimensions and leaders
  • Tables and text
  • Geometric objects

AutoCAD Create Tools Tool Palettes

Along with creating annotation and drawing tools on tool palettes, tools can also be created to run a command with predefined options and values. You can also create custom versions of your favorite tools with the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor and add them to a tool palette.

Explore more about annotation, drawing, and command tools for tool palettes by following the step-by-step examples in the HaveYouTried:CreateToolsonToolPalettes 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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