Have You Tried: Manage and Customize AutoCAD Workspace

Customize AutoCAD Workspace

This month’s installment of Have You Tried is all about customizing the AutoCAD user interface (UI) using workspaces. There are many ways to customize AutoCAD, some being more complicated than others. Customizing your workspace is one of the most straightforward ways to personalize the AutoCAD UI to the way you want to work.

With workspaces you can manage the visibility and location of several UI elements:

  • Palettes
  • Quick Access toolbar (QAT)
  • Ribbon tabs and panels
  • Legacy pull-down menus and toolbars

Workspaces can be saved so you can always have your AutoCAD UI setup just the way you want it. 

Customize AutoCAD workspace

In this Have You Tried, you’ll learn some basic techniques that can be used to change the AutoCAD UI:

  • Add and remove tools from the Quick Access toolbar (QAT)
  • Hide and show ribbon tabs and panels
  • Reorder ribbon tabs and panels
  • Float a ribbon panel
  • Hide and show palettes

In addition, a section on how to modify a workspace with the Customize User Interface (CUI) editor details how you can gain more flexibility, along with a bit more complexity, in customizing the AutoCAD UI.

Head on over to learn more about customizing your workspace with step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Manage and Customize Your Workspace 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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