Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding your own AutoCAD workspace, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Narrator] Welcome to another Tip and Trick for AutoCAD. What we're going to look at today is adding a workspace to your AutoCAD user interface. Now you'll notice we've got a new drawing there for you. It's 01_addingworkspace.dwg, and you can download that from the website to follow along with this particular Tip and Trick video. Now, when you add a workspace to your AutoCAD interface, what you're doing is you're improving your workflow by making sure that the interface has all the features and functionality that you need for your particular task.
So if you remember, we had a Tip and Trick where I taught you how to customize the quick access toolbar at the top of the screen. So what I showed what to do is up here. So if I click on this little sort of eject symbol, we clicked on Layer, and you'll notice we've now got the layer pulldown in our quick access toolbar. So what we've done there is we've improved our workflow. It means I can go to any tab on the ribbon, but I can also change a layer at any time, Which normally I'd have to go back to the Home tab and go into the Layers panel to do.
So what we're going to do is we're going to do that with the workspace. So we're going to improve our workflow again, but this time with more of an interface slant, where we're actually working in our day-to-day drawings in AutoCAD. Now, you'll notice top left we've got Drafting and Annotation. That's our default workspace in AutoCAD. So if I click on the flyout there, you'll see I've got lots of different workspaces available. Just ignore all of my migrated ones where I've upgraded AutoCAD from various versions like, as you can see, from 2015 and also 2017 there.
Now, if I went to 3D Modeling, what you'll find is the ribbon changes. And the ribbon is now set for me to do 3D modeling in my AutoCAD drawing. Now I don't want to do 3D modeling, cause I'm in a very basic 2D drawing at the moment. But you get the idea. It's giving me all of the 3D modeling tools that I need to work in a 3D environment with my user interface. So what I'll do now is I'll jump back to the Drafting and Annotation up here at the top of the list. Now bear in mind you can also change your workspace down on the status bar.
There's a little cog down here with an arrow and you can see I can get the menu there as well. It's exactly the same menu. So I'll just hit escape to lose that menu at the bottom from the status bar. Now, here's a neat trick, though. Do you know that all of your panels in your ribbon are sticky, just like post-it notes? So I can go to the home tab on the ribbon, click and drag my draw panel into my drawing area. Now that's kind of useful, cause I can now go to the Annotate tab on the ribbon, but I can still draw lines and polylines and circles and so on.
Let's go back to the Home tab one more time. Let's click and drag the Modify panel as well, and just place it there underneath the Draw panel. So I've got two sticky panels, my Draw panel and my Modify panel. Now the problem I have is if I leave them here, the Drafting and Annotation workspace remembers them. So what I want to do is I want to make my own workspace. So here's the trick. I go up to where it says Drafting and Annotation and click on the flyout and I'm just going to check my Workspace Settings first.
Now, Workspace Settings, you can see, I'm in Drafting and Annotation, and as you can see, I can move them up and down the list in the menu if I want to. I can also add a separator. Now we'll come back to that in a moment, but you'll see that I can just set everything up with my workspaces if I want to. I'll click on Cancel for the moment. Now, I want to save this as a new workspace. So it's very quick and easy. Again, click on the flyout. I can do this on the status bar at the bottom as well, and I want Save Current As. So now I save the workspace with a name that I recognize, so I'll use my initials, SCB, and I'll put a dash and I'll put something like AutoCAD 2018, which is the version that I'm using, and I'll call it BASIC, like that.
So it's my basic AutoCAD 2018 workspace. I will now save that. So that's now saved, and can you see up here now, it's using that workspace. So if I click here now and go back to Drafting and Annotation, you'll notice that the Draw and the Modify sticky panels are back in the Home tab on the ribbon. If I go back now to my flyout and select my SCB AutoCAD 2018 BASIC, there's my sticky panels back in the drawing area. So I've only made a really minor change to the interface for that particular workspace.
But you see how useful that can be? If I've got a dual-screen setup, I can have some nice sticky panels sitting in my left-hand screen, I can have all my drawing area perhaps sitting in the right-hand screen. And it allows me to define a workflow. It allows me to make my workflow basically tuned in and customized to the way that I want to work in AutoCAD. So what I'll do now is I'll just jump back to Drafting and Annotation, so we're back to all the default settings, and there we go. We're back to square one where we started in the default workspace for AutoCAD.
But remember, you can create your own workspaces and define your own workflow in order to suit your own kind of working environment when you're drafting AutoCAD drawings.
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