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AutoCAD Menus: Partial Menus

July 2, 2003

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.

Note: If you are not familiar with menu files read the following tutorial first:
AutoCAD Menus: The Base Menu

1. Download the following files to AutoCAD search path:


Note: If you are not familiar with AutoCAD search path, read the following tutorial:
AutoCAD 2004 Customization: Search Paths

2. Start AutoCAD.

3. Invoke MENULOAD (Tools > Customize > Menus). The Menu Customization dialog box appears [Figure 1].

Figure 1

4. Click Browse. The Select Menu File dialog box appears [Figure 2].

Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge

5. Locate and open extra_tools.mnc.

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].

Figure 3

Figure 4

7. From the list select EXTRA_TOOLS.

8. Click Menu Bar tab [Figure 5].

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].

Figure 6

11. Click Insert. The Extra menu will be placed on the menu bar to the left of Help [Figure 7].

Figure 7

12. Close the dialog box.


  • 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.

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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