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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Display Settings

By Alireza Parsai, May 1, 2003

You can use the OPTIONS command to assign different colors to drawing area elements, and different fonts to command window. Here is a tutorial. The tutorial is written for AutoCAD 2004 but is applicable to other releases of AutoCAD.

1. Start AutoCAD.

2. Right-click in Command window area.

3. In the shortcut menu, select Options [Figure 1].

Figure 1

4. In Options dialog box select Display tab [Figure 2].

Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge

5. Click Colors.

6. Click in Model Tab background area [Figure 3].

Figure 3

7. In Color list click select color.

8. The Select Color dialog box appears. Select a light gray color in True Color tab [Figure 4]. Click OK.

Figure 4

9. In Window Element list select Command line background.

10. Select blue color for the Command line background [Figure 5].

Figure 5

11. Alter the Command line text color to yellow.

12. Click Apply & Close.

13. In Options dialog box click Fonts. The Command Line Window Font dialog box appears [Figure 6].

Figure 6

14. In Font Style list select Bold.

15. Click Apply & Close.

16. In Options dialog box click OK. The appearance of the display changes [Figure 7].

Figure 7 - Click on image to enlarge

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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