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Setting up Toolbars in Workspaces for AutoCAD Plant 3D by Ryan Chiasson

By on May 9, 2011 in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Autodesk, Featured, Tutorial with 6 Comments

Veteran Krusty Krew member, Ryan Chiasson, guides us through the time saving steps of setting up your toolbars for vanilla AutoCAD or AutoCAD Plant 3D.

Huge thanks to Ryan for taking the time out of his busy schedule to set this tutorial up for us. Thanks, dude!

AutoCAD Plant 3D is used in this “How To” but these steps will also work for vanilla AutoCAD

1. Type CUI at the command line. This will bring up the Customize User Interface window.

2. Select the workspace that the toolbars are to be added to, these can be found in the tree in the Customizations in All files section of the window, PNP > Workspaces .

3. Click the Customize Workspace button under Workspace Contents. The text in the tree will turn blue and the button will now display Done. This will allow the user to add content to the workspace.

4. Expand the Toolbars tree in the Customizations in All Files section, PNP > Toolbars. There will be a list of the standard AutoCAD toolbars, all with empty check boxes. Select the desired toolbars that are to be loaded with the workspace; these will appear under the Toolbars tree in the Workspace Contents section as the boxes are checked.

5. After all desired toolbars are selected, click Done in the Workspace Contents section then click OK at the bottom of the window to close out the Customize User Interface window.

6. The toolbars should now appear somewhere on your desktop and will now load when the workspace is loaded. They can now be moved around and docked as if using vanilla AutoCAD in Classic workspace.

7. To have AutoCAD load with the toolbars docked in a specific location, move the toolbars to that location. Click the Workspace Switching button located at the bottom right of the AutoCAD window.

8. Selecting Save Current As will bring up the Save Workspace window. The current workspace layout can now be saved as a new one by typing a new name in the Name field or can replace an existing workspace by selecting one from the pulldown menu.

9. With the toolbars docked, there is now empty “toolbar space”. Right clicking in the space will bring up the standard toolbar menu.

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About the Author

About the Author: Hi! I am currently an Autodesk Solutions Engineer working to deliver real time solutions to our Enterprise customers. I have been involved with industrial design software for nearly 15 years and am a 3DS Max Professional who is passionate about design visualization. .


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  1. Jason Drew says:

    I use the “classic” menu bar quite a bit in addition to the toolbars. You can set the variable “menubar” to “1” to turn it on or click the drop-down menu on the Quick Access bar and choose “Show Menu Bar”

  2. CadFileRefiner says:

    Great info! Thanks RC!! :OP

  3. Russell says:

    Nice article. Thanks Ryan!

  4. Marcial says:

    Did know where could I download a tutorial for Plant3D 2011/2012 ?
    Mail me if u know, thanks.

  5. Autocad says:

    Thank you for sharing it. But asked what version to use with Autocad. I now use the 2007 version to help me.

  6. Chan says:

    Thank you very helpfull for me.

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