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AutoCAD Menus: Standard Flyouts

July 8, 2003

A flyout is a toolbar nested under a single button on another toolbar. You can use any toolbar as a flyout. Here you will learn how to add some flyouts to a new toolbar. The new flyout definition will be saved in menu files.

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 the 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.

5. Name the new toolbar Multiple [Figure 2]. The new toolbar belongs to the ACAD menu group.

Figure 2

6. Click OK. A new toolbar appears.

7. Click the commands tab.

8. From Categories list select Flyout [Figure 3].

Figure 3

9. From the commands list drag the Draw icon and drop it onto the new toolbar. The Draw toolbar is added to the new toolbar as a flyout [Figure 4].

Figure 4

10. Drag and drop Modify toolbar.

11. Right click the Modify flyout. Select Begin a Group [Figure 5]. A dividing line appears between Draw and Modify flyouts.

Figure 5

12. Drag and drop Modify II onto Multiple toolbar.

13. Close the dialog box. The toolbar is defined [Figure 6].

Figure 6

14. You may remove Draw and Modify toolbars from AutoCAD window and use the new toolbar instead.

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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