AutoCAD menus, toolbars, and shortcut keys are defined with a
base menu. This menu is by default acad.mnu. If you wish to add
new menus to AutoCAD it is better to define them separately and
add them as partial menus. Partial menus are managed with
MENULOAD command. Although this tutorial is designed for AutoCAD
2004, it might be applicable for other releases.
If you are not familiar with menu files read the following
► AutoCAD Menus: The Base Menu
1. Download the
following files to AutoCAD search path:
If you are not familiar with AutoCAD search path, read the
► AutoCAD 2004 Customization:
2. Start AutoCAD.
3. Invoke MENULOAD
(Tools > Customize > Menus). The Menu Customization
dialog box appears [Figure 1].
4. Click Browse.
The Select Menu File dialog box appears [Figure 2].
Figure 2 -
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5. Locate and open
6. In Menu
Customization dialog box click Load. The menu group will be
added to the list of loaded menus [Figure 3]. The Extra Tools
toolbar will also become visible [Figure 4].
7. From the list
8. Click Menu Bar
tab [Figure 5].
9. Make sure that
Extra is selected on the left pane.
10. Scroll down on
the right pane and select Help [Figure 6].
11. Click Insert.
The Extra menu will be placed on the menu bar to the left of
Help [Figure 7].
12. Close the
- You can use MENULOAD to remove the partial menu. Just
select the partial menu from the list and click Unload.
- The Extra menu gives you some extra tools. I hope you
enjoy them and share them with your friends.
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