AutoCAD ruined, I mean changed, the popular Dashboard palette and created the Ribbon in the 2009version. The idea was to match the new menu configuration used by Microsoft Office 2007. One of theresults of this change was the loss of some of thefunctionality that the Dashboard contained.AutoCAD 2010 returns the Dashboardfunctionality and adds some more new features.
- the Ribbon can now bedetached or using the proper terminology,undocked from its original location and rotated toa vertical layout, much like the Tool Pallets andthe old Dashboard. Also similar to the Tool Pallet,the ribbon can be docked on the left or right sideof the drawing area and minimized until youmouse over the minimized palette to expand it.The Tabs will also be displayed along the side ofthe menu palette.When in the vertical position, the individual panelwill now expand horizontally when selected.Widening the panel the button will automaticallyalign to fit the new area.
– Panels can now be removed from the Ribbon and dragged into the drawing area.These panels are referred to as Sticky panels. When you switch from one tab to another in the panelthe sticky panel will stay on screen. When youmouse over the panel, menu bars appear in thesides. Selecting the Toggle Orientation buttonchanges the panel from expanding down toexpanding to the left or right.
Selecting the top button returns the Panel to itsproper location on the ribbon.