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AutoCAD® 2012 & AutoCAD LT® 2012 Bible by Ellen Finkelstein

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Chapter 33: Customizing the Ribbon and Menus

In This Chapter

Understanding and working with the customization file Customizing the Quick Properties palette and rollover tooltips

Although the ribbon and menu are designed to be useful for most people, the whole point of customization is that everyone has different needs. You can probably draw more efficiently and faster by customizing the user interface to suit your own individual requirements. Not only can you add commands, but you can also add items consisting of a series of commands that run like a macro. If you're using AutoCAD, you can even add AutoLISP routines. You may want to create specialized items that are used only for one drawing — for example, to help clients view a drawing. User interface customization includes the ribbon, menus, mouse or puck buttons, toolbars (covered in Chapter 29), rollover tooltips, shortcut menus, image-tile menus, keyboard shortcuts, temporary override keys, the double-click function, and the Quick Properties palette. The only limits are your imagination and the time that you can devote to customization.

Working with the Customization File

The AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT user interface is contained in a file that you don't edit directly; instead, you use the Customize User Interface, or CUI, Editor to modify the user interface.

Starting with AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010, a new package file format was introduced for the customization file. If you're upgrading from a release earlier than AutoCAD ...

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