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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Right-click Customization

By Alireza Parsai, May 7, 2003

The OPTIONS command allows you to customize the AutoCAD behavior when you click the right button of mouse in different situations. The following simple tutorial explores this feature.

1. Download R16 - Chair.dwg.

Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002, 2000i, or 2000 download R15 - Chair.dwg.

2. Start AutoCAD and then open the drawing file.

3. Invoke MOVE.

4. Right-click in drawing area. This will end the command.

5. Invoke OPTIONS command.

6. Select User Preferences tab [Figure 1].


Figure 1 - Click on image to enlarge

7. Click the Right-click Customization button. The Right-Click Customization dialog box appears [Figure 2].


Figure 2

8. Select Turn on time-sensitive right-click. This option is available in AutoCAD 2004 only. By selecting this option a quick right-click is equivalent to pressing Enter while a rather long click results in showing a shortcut menu (if applicable).

9. Click Apply & Close.

10. In Options dialog box click OK.

11. In drawing area quickly press and release the right button of mouse. The Options dialog box appears.

12. Press Esc to exit the dialog box.

13. In drawing area press the right mouse button and release it in less than a second. A shortcut menu appears [Figure 3].


Figure 3

14. Select Repeat OPTIONS.

15. Click Right-click customization again.

16. Deselect Turn on time-sensitive right-click.

17. In command mode section, select Shortcut menu, always enabled.

18. Click Apply and Close.

19. Click OK.

20. Invoke MOVE command.

21. Right-click in drawing area. This time a shortcut menu appears [Figure 4].


Figure 4

22. In shortcut menu, select Pan.

23. Pan the drawing to the middle of the screen.

24. Press Esc to exit Pan.

25. Continue with MOVE and fix the drawing


Figure 5 - 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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