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The next area I want to discuss is the ability to create custom ribbon panels. In the previous video we talked about modifying panels by swapping around buttons and moving them from the main panel to the expanded panel. And now I want to talk a little bit about creating your own custom panel. I'm going to start by double clicking the engine block to get into the part modeling environment. Because this is a place where I could see people making minor customizations. To create your own custom panel, you can right click on anything in the ribbon bar to bring up the right click menu.
And select Customize User Commands. Doing this brings up the customize dialogue box, and by default, should be on the ribbon tab. If it's not, simply click the ribbon tab button with your left click. And you'll see a few different options here. On the left hand side we have a list of commands to chose from. And on the right, we have the tab that we're going to create the custom panel on. So, if you wanted to, if you know for example, that the command you want is in the Create tab, or it's on the 3D Model tab, you can use this drop-down to filter the number of commands.
I typically don't do that because there's a way to find things a little bit faster. Say, for example, I want to create a panel, my own custom panel that has the Extrude, Revolve, Hole and Fill It commands on it. I can simply select with the left click any item in the left browser panel and start typing a command. Let's start typing E-X-T-R-U-D-E, to get extrude, and you'll notice, as I did that, it filtered through the list and found extrude for me.
I can then select that, and use the Add button in the middle of the dialog box to move the command to the right hand side of the window. I can then go back, select anything in this menu and start typing revolve, R-E-V-O-L and then just there you can see I've filtered down to the Revolved command. I'll select that, add it to the right and let's do that a couple more times, let's select something on the left hand side and type hole and you can see here, we've filtered down to the Hole command.
I'll move that over. And finally, we'll type fill it, which gets us to the Fill It command, and we'll move that over as well. Now I'm going to go ahead and hit Apply. And you'll notice, up here on the right hand side, on the ribbon bar, I have a user commands panel now. I'm going to go ahead and close the dialog box, so that I can show you how to reposition this now. Now that the user command panel has been created, you can simply go to that panel, left click and drag to reposition it anywhere along that tab that you wish. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and move it to just in front of the Create panel because these are the most common Create tools that I might use.
Now, I've seen this used in a couple of different ways. I've seen people bring together common commands because they know the interface and they know very specifically the things they use most frequently. I've also seen it used by new students or new learners of the software to help them focus on commands they want to learn. And so, for example, often I'll create something like this for new users, just so they know these are the commands I think are most useful for new students or people learning the system.
And the nice thing is, is you can toggle this on and off any time you wish. You can change the font, the look and feel of it to make it fit your needs. So let's do that, we'll go ahead and change this a little bit. These buttons are a little bit small and I don't exactly know what they mean. So, I can go ahead and right click on that, and select customize user commands again, to get back into the customize dialogue box. Now, in this dialog box, you'll notice on the right hand side, we have a column that says Large and a column that says Text.
So, I'm going to go ahead and select Large for two of these items and hit Apply. And what you can see is, I've just changed the icon from the small version to the large version. The other option you have would be to select Text, which you can see on some of these other ones. You know, let's pick text for the revolve and the large one. And let's pick text for hole on the small one. And apply that, see what that does. By doing that, you can see I have a variation of all the options. I have a large icon with no text. I have a large icon with text.
I have a small icon with text, and a small icon without text. So, this is really a matter of preference. You might choose to use up less space by getting rid of the large icons and using text so that you can very easily understand what those icons mean. Or, you might find that it's much easier to see the larger icons and need text to be able to see, to understand what that command does. So, you can do either one. It's a matter of your personal preference. I recommend everybody try some things out and see what works best for them.
I'm going to go ahead and close this dialogue box and mention one final thing. And that's the ability to hide these panels. Now that we have the user commands available, if you don't want to see those anymore, you can simply right click and select Show Panels. And from there, just uncheck user commands. Now you can see the User Command panel is missing and I can always bring it back by right-clicking on the ribbon bar, selecting Show Panel, and selecting User Command. So, I can toggle my own custom one off, anytime I wish.
The other thing I might recommend is, as you become familiar with the system. And you realize that in your design environment, for example, you never create plastic parts. You may want to right-click on the Plastic Part panel, select Show Panel, and turn that off. It might just clean up the interface a little bit for you. But I would warn you that you should be a little careful with that. Because as you're learning the system, you don't want to turn things off and forget that they exist. So, I wouldn't recommend doing it right away, but it might be a way once you start becoming familiar with things where you recognize you aren't going to use specific commands very frequently.
This is a great way to hide them and clean up the interface a little bit.
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