Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] Welcome to another AutoCAD Tip and Trick. Now, what we're going to look at now is a lovely method of customizing your Quick Access Toolbar. Now, I'm working in AutoCAD 2018 for this particular Tip and Trick. And I've upgraded to AutoCAD 2018 recently, and it's the latest version, and it's got some really nice new little features that just make your workflow that little bit quicker, that little bit slicker when you're working in the CAD office.
Now, I've got a nice new drawing for you. You can see there it's called CustomizingQAT.wg. QAT, Quick Access Toolbar for short. So you can download this from the website as usual, and obviously follow along with this Tips and Tricks video for AutoCAD. Now, the Quick Access Toolbar resides top left to the AutoCAD screen, as it always does. And you can see there various icons that you can use. You've got things like Save, Save As, and so on. But how many of you knew that you can customize that toolbar? Now, that toolbar stays there all the time.
So if I went to something like, let's say, my Annotate tab, I now cannot change the layer that I'm on. I can. I can type layer and all that kind of stuff and bring up the layer properties manager that way, but most of the time what you'll find is you end up jumping to the Home tab, changing your layer here where there are some different layers, circle and rectangle, and you have to go back in, select the layer you want to use, and then go back to your Annotate tab. Now, obviously when you're dimensioning, there is an override here where you can change the layer, but only if you're dimensioning.
What if you're drawing? What if you want to draw something? Now, here's the trick. If I go up here, there's a little symbol that looks a bit like an eject symbol for a CD or DVD player, or, if you're up to speed, a Blu-Ray player perhaps. So if I click there, I can customize my Quick Access Toolbar and I can add any of those commands in the list by clicking on them to get a little tick next to them. I can actually go and find more commands. I can also show the good old-fashioned menu bar if I want to.
And I can also show the Quick Access Toolbar below the ribbon if I wish. I don't think I've ever put it below the ribbon. I've always liked it top left next to the big red A of the Application menu. But that's up to you. I just want to show you one quick little bit of customization that will it make it that little bit quicker with your layer control. So if I click on Layer, you'll see now that I've got a Layer pull-down up here. How cool is that? Hit Escape to lose the layer pull-down, like so. Now what I can do is I can go to any tab in the ribbon and change the layers of my objects at will.
So it doesn't matter which tab I'm in. I could be doing parametric constraints. I could be doing a bit of output and setting up my page setup manager. And I can easily change a layer at any time. So I can go and select my circle. Make sure it's on the layer Circle there by using the Quick Access Toolbar. So that's now on the Circle layer. His Escape to deselect. Select the rectangle. Again, click on the little menu there. Rectangle. Hit Escape again. My objects are now on the correct layers and my workflow has not been interrupted because I'm staying in the same tab in the AutoCAD ribbon without having to go back to that Home tab into the layer properties manager.
It's just a little tweak of your Quick Access Toolbar that will just make you that little bit faster. Don't tell anybody either. Just kind of have it sitting there, and then when somebody asks, "Oh, didn't you know "that you can customize the Quick Access Toolbar?", you suddenly become the AutoCAD guru in the office with one simple little exercise.
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