The updated modernized User Interface (UI) in Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2016 software is easier to work with and reduces eye strain.
The Start tab (formerly the New tab) is filled with information and speedy ways for you to start new drawings or edit existing ones.
The Start tab contains two helpful sliding content frames: Learn and Create.
The Create page makes it easy for you to start a new drawing, access recent files, and connect with Autodesk® A360. Here you’ll find various notifications as well as where to download offline Help.
Use the icons at the bottom of the Recent Documents list on the Create page to switch from thumbnail to text view (or both).
The Learn page is filled with What’s New and Getting Started videos, and online resources. The Tip of the Day is updated every 24 hours (so be sure to check them out to improve your AutoCAD skills!)
Ctrl+Home or GOTOSTART gets you to the Start tab quickly.
NOTE The Start tab can be turned on/off for deployments.
TIP Set STARTMODE to 0 if you don’t want the Start tab to display.
Right-click on a file tab to access the Close All Other Drawings option (or use the CLOSEALLOTHER command).
Have you been staring at AutoCAD all day? Give your eyes a rest with the dark-themed interface.
TIP You can easily switch AutoCAD back to the more traditional light theme by setting the Color scheme control on the Display tab of Options or by setting COLORTHEME to 1.
Can’t find a tool? Click on the Find link in the Help window and an animated arrow points to its location in the Quick access toolbar, ribbon, Status bar, and Application menu.
If you are new to AutoCAD, check out the Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD Basics!
Populate the Status bar with the tools you want by clicking on the three stacked lines (the “hamburger”) in the lower-right corner of the editor. Isolate Objects and Lock UI options have been added.
Use the Lock User Interface tool to check/ uncheck multiple UI elements at one time. Click on the icon to quickly enable/disable locking.
The Status bar will automatically wrap onto two rows when the icons can’t fit into a single row.
Workspaces are no longer displayed by default in the Quick Access toolbar. You can still find them on the Status bar (who needs them in two places anyway?).
NOTE The Classic Workspace has been removed—time to get onboard with the ribbon!
The new block galleries make it easy to view and insert blocks from your current drawing directly from the ribbon.
You’ll also find helpful galleries for styles such as dimensions, mleaders, text, tables, and table cells.
NOTE Set GALLERYVIEW to 0 if you prefer no galleries.
You’ll appreciate the layout preview thumbnails and the handy + symbol to quickly add a new layout. For those of you who like to heap on the layouts—you’ll like the overflow menu for easy access to layouts that extend to either side of the tabs. Drag and drop layout tabs anywhere, including the overflow.
Do you prefer the layout tabs to display above the Status bar? Use the new option in the right-click menu.
NOTE Set GALLERYVIEW to 0 if you prefer no galleries.
Model Space Viewports
Model Space Viewports are easier to identify and easier to resize. Simply drag the horizontal or vertical viewport boundaries, or the intersection, to resize them.
The + icon lets you easily add more viewports … just drag it to the proper size.
TIP You can join or remove a viewport by dragging a boundary to the edge.
Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and worldwide Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users each year. For the past 23 years she has written a column in Cadalyst magazine called “Circles and Lines” and is the voice behind Cadalyst’s “Tips and Tricks Tuesdays.” Lynn started using AutoCAD software with Release 1.4, over 25 years ago, and got her start by teaching at the corporate and collegiate level for 12 years. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, Lynn has served as the Autodesk University host for more than 10 years and is always one of the highest-rated speakers. Her latest book is entitled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques.
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