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The Grand Tour of AutoCAD 2014

In This Chapter

arrow Touring the AutoCAD 2014 screens

arrow Going bar-hopping: Title bars and the status bar

arrow Unraveling the Ribbon

arrow Practicing with palettes

arrow Discovering the drawing area

arrow Using online help

Over the years, AutoCAD’s interface has undergone many changes, ranging from a simple text menu down the right side (still the second-fastest way of using AutoCAD) to drop-down menus, toolbars, the Dashboard (which only survived two releases — 2007 and 2008), tool palettes, and, for now, the Ribbon menu.

Like the rest of this book, this chapter is written for someone who has used other Windows programs but has little or no experience with AutoCAD. Here and throughout the rest of the book, we show you how to do things by using AutoCAD’s implementation of Microsoft’s flavor of the year of its Fluent User Interface (or FUI; pronounced “foo-ey”). AutoCAD has always ...

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