Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the ribbon, part of AutoCAD Electrical Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] So we're staying in the DEMO02.DWG file in our WDDEMO project in AutoCAD Electrical. So you'll notice I haven't changed the drawing, I haven't changed the project since the previous video. So let's just stick with that for the moment, because what I'm going to show you now is how to use the ribbon in AutoCAD Electrical. Now the ribbon is the main part of the functionality within any AutoCAD product. Whether that's your regular AutoCAD, whether that's AutoCAD electrical. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to go to the schematic tab up here on the ribbon.
So the ribbon is at the top of the screen. You can't miss it, it's right there. And I've gone to the schematic tab on the ribbon, like so. That then gives me a group of panels. So you can see I've got the insert components panel, I've got the edit components panel and so on and so forth. Now you'll notice some panels have a little down arrow, like so. So if I click on the down arrow, that'll show me the other icons that aren't available in the panel. I can click on the pin like so and that pins it open permanently until I want it to go back into the ribbon again.
So I just unpin like so and you'll see that pops back into the ribbon quite happily. So the ribbon itself is a very useful tool. As you can see it's got all your commands on it and in each panel there is a subheading and then under that subheading for example edit components, you've got all of your edit component icons. So you'll notice there are also flyout menus on the icons for that reason. I can click there and you can see, I've got lots of different commands available to me on that particular flyout menu. If I click on this one here, obviously I've got less commands, but that's the whole idea.
So each of these flyouts encompasses all the different commands that you need on the AutoCAD Electrical ribbon. Now there are some really neat little features available to you when you are working with the ribbon in AutoCAD Electrical. One of these is the ability to actually change the appearance of the ribbon. So what I'm going to do here, I'm going to go to the project tab, because there's less panels and also it gives me a little bit of a gap, just here at the end. Now the reason I've done that is purely a resolution thing, because I'm recording a particular resolution to make sure you get a nice video through Linda.com and I just want to make sure that my panels actually end before the end of my screen there, if you see what I mean.
So let's have a look at the appearance of the ribbon, how can we change it? Well you go up here, to this little button here and it says: Minimize to Panel Buttons. Not the flyout menu here, cause that minimizes that way. What you want to be able to do is just click here like this. Click on this little white button and you'll see the ribbon changes. Click on the white button again, the ribbon changes again. You can see project tools and other tools there, cause we're in the project tab on the ribbon. If I click again, third time round, again it changes again to a different appearance.
Then I click one more time and we're back to the regular ribbon again. Now the flyout menu next to it fixes those settings. What it's allowed me to do is: Cycle through All because that setting is switched on, on the flyout menu. And that's the one that you want to leave there, Cycle through All. Now it's up to you what setting you have on the ribbon. What I would like you to do though, for the purposes of this course is leave the full ribbon displayed like you can see it on the screen at the moment. That we can utilize the ribbon quickly and easily.
Now I'm gonna jump back over to the schematic tab now and you can see that, that goes slightly off the edge of the screen there on the right-hand side, just ever so slightly. So what happens when you work in a resolution where the ribbon goes off the screen slightly like that? Well it's real easy, you click and you drag on the title bar of the panel and drag it into the drawing area, like so. That's known as a sticky panel. Now the lovely thing about that, is that now sits on my drawing area there. Now if you're working in a dual-screen environment, even better.
You can put it over on your right-hand screen or your left-hand screen, makes life a lot easier and if you are editing wires and wire numbers that panel is always there regardless of which tab you're in, in the ribbon, like so. So I'm now in the panel tab, on the ribbon for panel drawings but I can still edit my wires and wire numbers in my drawings, like so. So how do I get that panel back into the ribbon? Do I drag and drop it? No need at all. Just hover over the little bar like so and you'll see, look can you see there's a little sort of flash up there, like that.
And you can see there's a little sort of T-shaped icon at the top. Hover over it and it says: Return Panels to Ribbon. Now I'm lookin at that but I'm in the panel tab on the ribbon. How do I return that panel to the schematic tab on the ribbon? Just click on it. Go back to the schematic tab, AutoCAD Electrical knows where that panel needs to go. So the edit wires and wire numbers panel is back on the schematic tab on the ribbon. It's a lovely tool. Utilize those sticky panels to your advantage. What it allows you to do is have a group of commands sitting in the drawing area consistently that you can just go to at any time.
You don't have to worry about which tab you're in, in the ribbon. And then you can jump around the ribbon, utilizing other commands that you might need but you know that your regular commands that you use on a day-to-day basis are sticky panels and they're all set up nice and neatly in your drawing area or on your right-hand screen or your left-hand screen. One of the benefits you do have of that, is if you go up to the quick-access toolbar here, like so, and you switch on the Workspace setting here, just click on Workspace. If I click there now, can you see I'm in the AutoCAD ACADE Electrical & 2D Drafting Workspace.
But what I can do is I can click there and I can save that workspace. So if I save current as with some sticky panels in the drawing area, I can just create a new workspace name and it'll add it to that list and I can go to it anytime I want to. Now sometimes you can't do that. It does depend on whether your user interface is locked down by your CAD manager and so on and so forth. So just be aware of that when you try and make changes to the user interface in AutoCAD Electrical.
Shaun Bryant demos the user interface and leads you step-by-step through learning how to draw the kind of precise, measured electrical drawings and schematics that form the basis of design communication in electrical engineering the world over. Learn how to design wiring diagrams, insert components and terminals, use PLC symbols in ladder diagrams, perform point-to-point wiring, create custom symbols, add annotations like title blocks to drawings, and run reports. In the final chapters, Shaun shows how to set up AutoCAD Electrical to your liking by adjusting settings and customizing the built-in templates, and demonstrates how to reuse, copy, export, and verify drawings.
- Creating electrical drawings
- Inserting, editing, and numbering wires
- Inserting components
- Using 3-phase ladders and components
- Working with saved circuits
- Using the Circuit Clipboard and Builder
- Editing, moving, copying, and deleting components
- Copying installation and location code values
- Editing panel drawings
- Inserting terminals
- Using PLC symbols
- Using point-to-point wiring
- Creating custom symbols
- Setting up title blocks
- Running reports
- Adjusting settings and templates
- Using the drawing update tools
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 04/28/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover technology improvements in AutoCAD Electrical 2018, and show how to explore the user interface, manage files and options, navigate in a drawing, and document content.