5. Add a sample
text to the status bar.
6. Exit AutoCAD.
7. Restart AutoCAD.
The text is gone. To make the text permanent you should use a
simple AutoLISP routine. This routine should be added to the
"acad2004.lsp" or "acad2004doc.lsp".
8. In command line
type Notepad and press Enter twice. The Notepad window appears.
"acad2004.lsp". The file is located in Support folder. For
example if AutoCAD is installed on drive C: the path might be "C:\Program
10. Add the proper
text to the file [Figure 2].
Figure 2 - Click image to
- The "defun-q" function defines the S::STARTUP function. We
use "defun-q" instead of "defun" to be able to append
different definitions of S::STARTUP together.
- The "setvar" function is used to assign the text in quotes
to the MODEMACRO system variable.
- The (princ) statement is used for a clean exit.
11. Save the file.
12. Restart AutoCAD. The text will appear on status bar
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