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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Creating a New Tool Palette

By Alireza Parsai, May 22, 2003

AutoCAD 2004 users can create their own tool palettes with favorite blocks and hatch patterns. The following tutorial explores some of the methods to create tool palettes.

1. Start AutoCAD 2004.

2. If Tool Palettes window is not visible press Ctrl+3 to enable it.

3. Click Properties icon. In shortcut menu, select New Tool Palette [Figure 1].


Figure 1

4. In the name box of the new palette, type Favorite Blocks [Figure 2]. Then press Enter. A new empty Tool Palette will be created.


Figure 2

5. Start DesignCenter. You may press Ctrl+2 to view DesignCenter window.

6. Click Favorites icon [Figure 3].


Figure 3 - Click on image to enlarge

7. On the right pane double click DesignCenter shortcut icon.

8. On the left pane click the + sign beside DesignCenter folder [Figure 4].


Figure 4

9. On the left pane select Home Space Planner.dwg.

10. On the right pane double click Blocks icon. The right pane will show all the blocks available in this file [Figure 5].


Figure 5

11. Select all the blocks on the first row.

12. Make sure that Favorite Blocks is the current Tool Palette. The current Tool Palette title is in boldface.

13. Drag and drop the selected block to the Favorite Blocks Tool Palette. The blocks will be added to the Tool Palette [Figure 6].


Figure 6

14. On the left pane of DesignCenter select Kitchen.dwg.

15. Follow similar procedure as steps 10 13 to add more blocks to the tool palette [Figure 7].


Figure 7

16. In DesignCenter window click the Favorites icon.

17. On the right pane right-click the "acad.pat" icon [Figure 8].


Figure 8

18. In the shortcut menu select Create Tool Palette of Hatch Patterns. A new Tool Palette called acad will be created. The palette contains all hatch patterns in acad.pat [Figure 9].


Figure 9

19. Right-click on the palette title. In shortcut menu select Rename Tool Palette [Figure 10].


Figure 10

20. Rename the palette to Hatch Patterns Library.


About the Author

Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. He is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the AutoCAD consultant for Al Khawarizmi Institute, a contributing editor for Augiworld magazine, a writer for CAD Digest, an instructor for AUGI Training Program, and an elected speaker for Autodesk University 2002. He has written 7 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in English, and more than 30 articles for different magazines and newsletters. You can reach him at alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com

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