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
This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be
applicable for other releases.
1. Start AutoCAD
2. Right-click on
an existing toolbar. From the shortcut menu select Customize.
3. Make sure that
Toolbars tab is selected [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.
6. Click OK. An
empty toolbar is created.
7. Select the
8. From Categories
list select Draw.
9. From Commands
list drag and drop all the arc options to the new toolbar
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].
12. Click the new
flyout. A warning message appears [Figure 5].
13. Click OK. The
Flyout Properties tab is enabled [Figure 6].
14. Click Menu
group header. The toolbars are sorted based on their menu group
15. Select Arcs
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].
19. Click OK.
20. Close the
dialog box. The Arc button is replaced with Arcs flyout [Figure
21. Close the Arcs
22. Use the same
method to replace the Circle button with Circles flyout.
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