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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].


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 Properties option.

1. Start AutoCAD 2004.

2. Select View > Display > UCS Icon > Properties menu option. You could invoke UCSICON command and select Properties. The UCS Icon dialog box appears [Figure 2].


Figure 2

3. Select 2D. The UCS icon shape changes to the traditional one [Figure 3].


Figure 3

4. To increase the size of the icon, drag the slider to the right until 25 appears on the edit box [Figure 4].


Figure 4

5. Alter the color of icon to Red both in Model space and layouts [Figure 5].


Figure 5

6. Click OK. The shape, color, and size of UCS icon are customized based on your settings [Figure 6].


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 newsletters. You can reach him at alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com

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