Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a new block palette, part of AutoCAD: Tool Palettes.
- [Instructor] So we're in a new chapter now of our "Using Tool Palette in AutoCAD". And we're gonna look at adding blocks and groups now to our palettes. And also creating what they call palette groups, where you group the palettes together into disciplines, or genres, or descriptions, so that you can organize your palettes. And again, be more productive, and more effective by finding the right group of palettes that you need to use on a particular project, for example. So we're in a new drawing, which is 04_Blocks&Groups.dwg that again can be downloaded from your lynda.com exercise files as usual to follow along with the videos in this chapter.
Now you'll notice in the drawing, we've still got our trusty dining set with the four chairs. That's this block over here. So there's our block there. And it's on the layer Objects, and it's an autoCAD standard block. And we're gonna utilize that for this chapter when we add our blocks and our groups. Now, the first thing we're gonna do is create a new block palette. That's quick and easy to do, so we go to the View tab on the ribbon, like we did in previous videos. I go to the Palettes panel, and I switch on Tool Palettes like so. Now you will notice that the furniture tab, that we had in previous videos, is gone.
I've deleted it. Because we're gonna create it over again, but we're gonna create in a context now, where we start from scratch, and then build it all the way through until we've got a palette group with that particular Palette tab in it. So I'm gonna right click now, I can right click on a tab if I want to, like that, and create a new palette. Or I can right click on the title bar and go to New Palette, which has just gone slightly off the top of the screen, typically. So I hit Escape and click a bit further down. There we go, there's the New Palette command right there.
That's quite a long menu that pops up when you right click on the title bar there, so, Just be aware of that one. And again, my resolution on my screen is quite small. I don't have much screen real estate. So my menus tend to pop off the top of the screen (mumbles). So I'm gonna right click on any tab and create a new palette. And there it is, there. It's prompting me to put the name in. So I'm gonna call it Furniture again, and put it in capitals so that it stands out. I always do my palette tabs in capitals. It's up to you, you can do uppercase, lowercase, really doesn't matter. So there's my furniture tab, and again, like I did in previous videos, right click and just move it up.
And keep right click, move up, right click, move up, until its at the top. It's just easier when you're setting up a new palette to do that. Takes a few minutes to do it, but then you know that the top tab is always your tab. It's just the way it works. Now, I'm gonna click on the block, like I've done before. So there's my dining set. Remember from previous videos, do not click on the grip. If I click on the grip, that allows me to move the dining set around. If I click on part of the block, and then hold the mouse down and drag, there's the little plus sign over the palette.
I release the mouse button, and there's my Dining Set METRIC block in my block palette. And what we'll do is we'll work through the videos in this chapter now developing that furniture tab on the Tool Palette. And also developing the block in the Tool Palette itself
- Using tool palettes
- Using AutoCAD DesignCenter
- Finding and inserting blocks
- Creating tool palettes from DesignCenter
- Setting up tool palettes with styles, hatches, and DWGs
- Adding blocks and groups
- Importing and exporting tool palettes