Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Accessing favorite tools with the Quick Access toolbar, part of AutoCAD 2010 New Features.
The Quick Access toolbar has been enhanced in AutoCAD 2010. Now it's even easier to have our favorite tools always available on our screen. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to customize the Quick Access toolbar. Now the Quick Access toolbar is located right up here, in the upper left-hand corner of our interface. And this toolbar contains our Go To commands. These are tools that we use so often, we always want to have them on our screen. Now, by default, the toolbar contains the top six tools. We've got New, Open, Save, Undo.
We also have a flyout for the Undo History. We did not have that in 2009. We have got Redo and a Redo History. We have the Plot command, and at the very end, I have got this flyout. I am going to select this, and notice there are additional tools in the toolbar. These ones at the bottom of the menu are just turned off. If I want to turn one of these on, I can select it, and we can see it's been added. Now I know what you are thinking. Maybe my favorite tool isn't in this list. How can I go about adding a different tool? I am going to hit Escape to close the menu, and if I right-click over any tool in the ribbon, I can select Add to Quick Access toolbar, and there we go, the Insert command has been added, and it will always be available on my screen.
Now I know what you are thinking, "That's nice, but will it work with a flyout?" Watch this. I am going to right-click over my layer control and select Add. Now my layer control is in the toolbar, and it doesn't matter what tab I am on, I will always have access to my layer settings. If you are like me, once you've start adding tools to this toolbar, you'll start wondering, "You know what? "How hard are they to remove?" Well, removing tools from this toolbar is also much easier in AutoCAD 2010. If I want to remove a tool, I can simply right-click on it and select Remove, and it's gone.
I am going to remove my Insert command, and you know what? What if I try and remove a tool that's in the Quick Access toolbar menu? Well, it goes away. If I click the flyout, it's still here. AutoCAD just turned it back off. I'm sure you'll agree that the Quick Access toolbar is much more user-friendly in AutoCAD 2010. With a little customization, our favorite tools can always be within easy reach.
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