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Leveraging dockable palettes

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Leveraging dockable palettes

Probably the most versatile components we have in our interface are palettes. Palettes give us quick access to drawing content, properties, and commands. Let's look at how we can apply them to our workspace. If we look right down here in the Palettes panel, we can see that we have several palettes available. There are 15 icons here and each of these guys represents a palette that serves a specific purpose. Fortunately, all of the palettes work the exact same way. Now, one of the palettes we'll be using frequently in this title is the Properties palette. We would use this tool to make changes to the geometry in our drawing.

Leveraging dockable palettes

Probably the most versatile components we have in our interface are palettes. Palettes give us quick access to drawing content, properties, and commands. Let's look at how we can apply them to our workspace. If we look right down here in the Palettes panel, we can see that we have several palettes available. There are 15 icons here and each of these guys represents a palette that serves a specific purpose. Fortunately, all of the palettes work the exact same way. Now, one of the palettes we'll be using frequently in this title is the Properties palette. We would use this tool to make changes to the geometry in our drawing.

So I am going to click the Properties icon to bring the palette up on screen. The first thing we notice is that palettes are quite large. Now we can move them around, such that they are not in the way. I can do that by clicking-and-holding on this Title Bar and I can drag this guy wherever I like on screen. If I want to adjust its width or height, I can click-and-hold on the edge of the palette and I can drag to adjust its width. I can click-and-hold down at the bottom, and I can drag to adjust its height. If I drag the palette close to the edge of my screen, notice how the shape changes.

If I release my mouse button at this point, the palette will be docked to the interface. And even though it's docked, I can still adjust its width. If I click-and-hold on this divider, I can change this guy to whatever size I like. Just to give you a preview of how this palette works, let's say, I'd like to change the size of this circle. I am going to click to select it, and then I'll come over to the Properties palette, and I'll click in the Radius field, and I'll change this to 0.75 and I'll hit Enter. Notice how the geometry changes instantly on screen. Now that I am finished, I'll press my Escape key to deselect the circle.

As you can see, the Properties palette can be a very powerful tool. However, it's still taking up a lot of space. Let me show you how we can optimize the size of our palettes on screen. If I move up and click this Minimize button, the palette will collapse down to the margin of my interface. Now if I want to use the tool, I can place my cursor into the margin and the palette will open up. Once again, I can adjust its width by clicking-and-dragging on this edge. When I am finished using the tool, I can move my cursor out and the palette will collapse. We can take this concept one step farther.

If I right-click on this margin, I can select Icons Only, and this will reduce the palette down to a single icon. Think about this for a second. This means I could have several palettes on my screen, only taking up a small amount of real estate. Anytime I want to use the palette, I can place my cursor over the icon, use the tool. When I am finished, I move away, and it goes back to the minimized state. If the time comes where I'd like to convert this palette back to a docked state, I can click this Auto-hide button. This turns off the Auto-hide feature and leaves the palette docked on my screen.

If I wanted to remove the palette from my screen, I could click this X. although, as I mentioned earlier, we'll be using this palette frequently in the title. So I am going to keep it turned on for now. However, I am going to click this Minimize button now, so it takes up the least amount of space. Palettes are by far the most versatile component in our interface. They can pack the functionality of an entire dialog box beneath a single icon.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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