Chapter 29. Customizing Commands, Toolbars, Tool Palettes, and the Dashboard


  • Understanding the basics of customization

  • Creating keyboard shortcuts for commands

  • Customizing the toolbars

  • Customizing tool palettes

  • Customizing the Dashboard

Customizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT can increase your efficiency and productivity. The time spent in preparation will be paid back many times. Before you start customizing, you need to know some basics that apply to almost all customization. After you understand these basics, the process becomes much easier.

Overall, AutoCAD LT offers less customizability than AutoCAD; however, most of the features in this chapter apply to both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

Working with Customizable Files

The capability to customize AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT is based on the fact that most of the support files are text files that you can edit yourself. The menu and tool palettes are in XML files that you customize using the Customize User Interface dialog box and the Customize dialog box. Table 29-1 lists the most important files and their functions.

Figure 29.1 shows a portion of one of these files, acad.pgp, which lists command shortcuts, or aliases. The equivalent file for AutoCAD LT is acadlt.pgp.

You can edit the acad.pgp file to create keyboard shortcuts for AutoCAD commands.

Figure 29.1. You can edit the acad.pgp file to create keyboard shortcuts for AutoCAD commands.

Table 29-1. Customizable Files

AutoCAD File Name

AutoCAD LT Filename


sample.cus ...

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