Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Quick Access toolbar, part of AutoCAD 2009 New Features.
One of the best ways to enhance productivity is to have the commands we use most within easy reach. AutoCAD 2009 makes this possible with the new Quick Access toolbar. Now, before we look at the toolbar, I want to mention this drawing on screen. Since we are going to be talking about the interface in this session, I thought it would look a little bit better to avoid having a blank screen, so I have opened this drawing. Now, this drawing is located inside of our Chapter 1 folder, located inside the Exercise Files directory, and we can see the drawing name right up here.
Now, our Quick Access toolbar is right up here in the upper left hand corner of our interface, and this toolbar represents our 'go to' commands. These commands are so valuable that we need to always have quick access to them. By default, AutoCAD loads this toolbar with six commands, and from left to right, we have got New, Open, Save, Plot, Undo, and Redo. The nice thing about this toolbar is that I can customize it. I can add the commands that I use most.
Let's try that. Personally, I use the eTransmit command all the time. I would like to add the eTransmit command to my Quick Access toolbar. To do that, I'm going to come up and right-click on the toolbar, and I'm going to select the Customize option. This brings up a collapsed version of my CUI; CUI stands for Customizable User Interface. If I look at this pane, I can see an exhaustive list of all of the commands available in AutoCAD. Now, fortunately, they are in alphabetical order, but instead of dragging down to the E section, I'm going to click in the Search Command list area and I'm going to start typing eTransmit. As I type, AutoCAD will filter the list; you can see I didn't even have to type the whole command, and AutoCAD found the command in the list.
To place this tool in the toolbar, I'm going to click and hold on it, drag it up, and I can place it any place in the toolbar that I want. I'm going to drop him right here at the end. When I'm finished, I'm going to come down and click OK to dismiss my CUI. Now, my eTransmit command is available whenever I need him. Now, if you're like me, the first time you add a command to the toolbar, you'll then ask yourself, you know what, how do I take one of those guys out? What if I want to remove a command? Let me show you how we can do that. If we would like to remove a command from the toolbar, once again, I'm going to move my cursor on top of the toolbar and right-click and select Customize.
Now, this once again brings up my CUI, and remember I mentioned that it was in a collapsed state. Let's open this guy up. I want to come down and click my greater than symbol to open up the right side pane, and then I'm going to click the chevron to open up my Workspace area. Now, what I want to do is I want to come over and highlight the current workspace; it's real easy to tell which one it is. Let me click the workspace, and when I do, AutoCAD will populate the Workspace Contents area, showing me all the things that are in this workspace.
Notice, I have got a heading called Quick Access toolbar. If I click the plus AutoCAD will show me all of the tools that are in that toolbar. If I want to remove one, I can right-click on the tool, and select Remove From Workspace. When I'm done, I'm going to come down and click OK to dismiss the CUI, and now the eTransmit command has been removed. Think for a minute about the commands you use most often, and then save yourself some time by putting those commands in your Quick Access toolbar.
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