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AutoCAD Menus: Defining Toolbars

July 3, 2003

Defining custom toolbars is easy. The CUSTOMIZE command helps you to define a new toolbar and add or remove buttons. You can even make changes to existing toolbars. Any change that you make will affect the relevant menu files. Here you will define a new toolbar, add some buttons to it and attempt to remove a button from another one.

If you are not familiar with menu files read the following tutorial first:

AutoCAD Menus: The Base Menu

Note: This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be applicable for other releases.

1. Start AutoCAD 2004.

2. Invoke CUSTOMIZE command (Tools > Customize > Toolbars). The Customize dialog box appears [Figure 1].

Figure 1

3. Make sure that Toolbars tab is selected.

4. Click New. The New Toolbar dialog box appears [Figure 2].

Figure 2

5. In Toolbar name box type Circle.

6. Make sure that ACAD is selected as the menu group.

7. Click OK. An empty toolbar will be created [Figure 3].

Figure 3

8. Click the Commands tab [Figure 4].

Figure 4

9. From the Categories list select Draw.

10. On the list to the right scroll down to find options related to circles [Figure 5].

Figure 5

11. Drag and drop the Circle options to the new toolbar [Figure 6].

Figure 6

12. Click Close button to close the dialog box. The new toolbar definition is added to the acad.mns file.

13. Drag the Modify toolbar to the drawing area.

14. Press Esc to cancel any running command.

15. Right-click the toolbar.

16. Select Customize [Figure 7]. The Customize dialog box appears again.

Figure 7

17. Right-click the Copy Object button. A shortcut menu appears [Figure 8].

Figure 8

18. Click Delete. A warning message appears [Figure 9].

Figure 9

19. Click Cancel.

20. Close the dialog box.

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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