AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial:
Customizing UCS Icon
By Alireza Parsai,
May 20, 2003
AutoCAD uses a special icon to show the user coordinate system (UCS)
orientation and/or location. The icon is called UCS icon. The
UCSICON command is responsible for management and customization
of this icon. You can reach the options of this command via View
menu > Display > UCS Icon [Figure 1].
If you select On, you can show/hide UCS icon.
Deselect Origin to force the icon stay on the lower left corner
of the drawing area. If you select Origin the icon will be
placed on Origin if possible. Here is a tutorial to study the
Start AutoCAD 2004.
Select View > Display > UCS Icon > Properties menu option. You
could invoke UCSICON command and select Properties. The UCS Icon
dialog box appears [Figure 2].
Select 2D. The UCS icon shape changes to the traditional one
increase the size of the icon, drag the slider to the right
until 25 appears on the edit box [Figure 4].
Alter the color of icon to Red both in Model space and layouts
Click OK. The shape, color, and size of UCS icon are customized
based on your settings [Figure 6].
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
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