How to Customize the Quick Access Toolbar in AutoCAD LT

Customize Quick Access Toolbar in AutoCAD LT

In the previous post of our series on customization of AutoCAD LT, I mentioned the nuances of customizing the Quick Access Toolbar. In particular, how it works in relation to workspaces. We’ll get to that, but first, some handy information on the different ways you can customize the Quick Access Toolbar in AutoCAD LT.

The easiest method is to use the pull-down menu on the right side of the QAT. It’s small, and you may not have ever noticed it before.

Click the little down arrow, and you’ll get a list of everything available. Just select (or de-select) whatever you want. You can even choose to show the QAT below the Ribbon if that’s your thing.

Quick Access Toolbar Pulldown Menu

However, that method limits you to the seven commands not shown and the nine that are. What if you want to add something that’s not listed? No problem, you have two options.

You can select the More Commands option to get a “collapsed” version of the CUI editor. It basically just shows the Commands window. Scroll to find desired command or use the handy search bar. When you find it, just drag it into whatever position you want in the QAT.

More Commands CUI Editor AutoCAD LT

The second method may be more common. Just right-click on your command from the Ribbon and select Add to Quick Access Toolbar. Your command will appear appended onto the right side of the QAT. Note that you can’t specify the location like you can from the previous method.

Ribbon Quick Access Toolbar AutoCAD LT

If you need to remove the added tools (or even any of the defaults), from the QAT, simply right click on it, and select Remove from Quick Access Toolbar.

Remove Quick Access Toolbar AutoCAD LT

How to Add the Quick Access Toolbar to a Workspace

If you read our last post on working with workspaces, you no doubt are thinking that you can add the QAT to the list of things that can be saved in a custom workspace. You can, but this is where the nuance comes in.

You see, the QAT is its own object within the CUI. The default one we’ve been customizing is called “Quick Access Toolbar 1.” Any change you make is saved within it. And it’s this toolbar object that is saved in the workspace, not its elements. In short, what that means is that if you customize the QAT, your changes will still appear in all workspaces—which is counter-intuitive to say the least.

Customize AutoCAD LT workspace and Quick Access Toolbar

But have no fear, there’s a simple workaround, and like customizing the QAT, it’s pretty easy too. All you need to do is create a new QAT that will reside in your custom workspace.

You might use the CUI editor, right-click on the Quick Access Toolbars section, and select New Quick Access Toolbar—naming it however you like.

CUI Editor AutoCAD LT

But this method will populate the new QAT with an abbreviated list of commands. You get six instead of nine. Please don’t ask me why.

Quick Access Toolbar commands

A better method is to duplicate the existing QAT. Again…it’s easy.

Right-click on “Quick Access Toolbar 1” and select Duplicate.

Quick Access Toolbar duplicate

Now you have two QATs that are the same. It’s not a bad idea to go ahead and add or remove tools from them here. Just right-click on a command and select Remove if you need to.

Quick Access Toolbar remove

The final step to adding a customized QAT to a Workspace is also easy. Just drag the appropriate QAT into the Quick Access Toolbar section of the desired Workspace. Apply your changes and exit the CUI editor, and you should now see the different QATs when you change to and from your custom Workspace.

Drafting Annotation Workspace Quick Access Toolbar
The default Quick Access Toolbar is in the Drafting Annotation Workspace Quick Access Toolbar
New Workspace Quick Access Toolbar AutoCAD LT

It sounds like there’s a lot to it, but it’s really not. Just remember that if you want the contents of the QAT to be part of your workspace, you’ll have to create a separate QAT object from the CUI editor, assign it to the workspace, then populate it as you wish.

But hey! The main thing to remember is that you can customize AutoCAD LT in many of the same ways that you can the full product. In fact, everything we’ve described in this series applies to AutoCAD too. Go ahead and make LT yours by setting up the interface that makes you the most productive

Frank Mayfield

Frank has worked in various design and CAD Management roles with AutoCAD and Autodesk software since 1986 (v2.62). He is currently a Design Technology Consultant in Tulsa, OK. He also serves as Vice President on the AUGI Board of Directors and is a member of numerous Autodesk user panels. As a top-rated mentor for trial users of AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018, he has provided live, real-time guidance and support for over 2,500 new users in more than 50 countries worldwide. He currently serves on the AUGI Board of Directors and is a member of numerous Autodesk user panels.

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