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AutoCAD Menus: User-Defined Flyouts

July 9, 2003

User-defined flyouts are created based on those toolbars that are not available in the list of standard flyouts. We usually define a new toolbar and then add it as a flyout to an existing toolbar. The changes will affect the associated menu files.

If you are not familiar with menu files and/or flyouts read the following tutorials first:

AutoCAD Menus: The Base Menu
AutoCAD Menus: Standard Flyouts

Note: This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be applicable for other releases.

1. Start AutoCAD 2004.

2. Right-click on an existing toolbar. From the shortcut menu select Customize.

3. Make sure that Toolbars tab is selected [Figure 1].

Figure 1

4. Click New.

5. Enter Arcs as the new toolbar name [Figure 2]. Make sure that ACAD is selected as the menu group.

Figure 2

6. Click OK. An empty toolbar is created.

7. Select the Commands tab.

8. From Categories list select Draw.

9. From Commands list drag and drop all the arc options to the new toolbar [Figure 3].

Figure 3

10. From Categories list select User defined.

11. From Commands list drag and drop the User define flyout beside the Arc button on Draw toolbar [Figure 4].

Figure 4

12. Click the new flyout. A warning message appears [Figure 5].

Figure 5

13. Click OK. The Flyout Properties tab is enabled [Figure 6].

Figure 6

14. Click Menu group header. The toolbars are sorted based on their menu group name.

15. Select Arcs [Figure 7].

Figure 7

16. Click Apply.

17. Right click the Arc button. A shortcut menu appears.

Note: Make sure to right click the button not the flyout.

18. Select Delete. A warning message appears [Figure 8].

Figure 8

19. Click OK.

20. Close the dialog box. The Arc button is replaced with Arcs flyout [Figure 9].

Figure 9

21. Close the Arcs toolbar.

22. Use the same method to replace the Circle button with Circles flyout.

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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