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Procedure – AutoCAD 2006 Menus

Change to menu system in R2006
With the release of AutoCAD R2006 and other software based on the 2006 version such as Civil 3D the previously used menu system has been abandoned and replaced with a new system based on Customise User Interface (CUI) files. hese files are in !"# format and as such will not be readily edited by the avera$e user with a te%t editor such as &otepad. Autodes' specifically advice that users do not attempt to do this.

Advantages of the CUI system:
he earlier system of modifyin$ the user interface of AutoCAD by editin$ menu files in a te%t editor was powerful( but re)uired a learnin$ curve and there was a si$nificant delay been the editin$ and loadin$ and displayin$ the results from the editin$( added to which the system was sensitive to minor te%tual errors. With the C*+ system the interface can be chan$ed while viewin$ it and then saved as a Workspace. Wor'spaces are readily chan$ed from the Wor'space oolbar( $ivin$ the user a number of the advanta$es of ,rofiles and-or "enu ,alettes from #and Des'top. .%istin$ menu files from earlier versions of AutoCAD can be readily loaded into a C*+ file. he procedures for doin$ this are set out below.

oading a custom menu!
Dependin$ on the Autodes' product the user interface at startup will reflect that product with different menus( toolbars and palettes displayed. /ou will need to display the Wor'space oolbar. Chec' if the toolbar is already visible 0it will be in standard AutoCAD( but isn1t in Civil 3D2. o display it ri$ht mouse clic' on one of the standard AutoCAD toolbars such as the one shown here 0not a Civil 3D one2 3rom the AutoCAD toolbar list to$$le the Wor'space oolbar on.

he toolbar appears as above. *se the mouse to dra$ the toolbar to your preferred location. Also turn on-off other toolbars as you re)uire and arran$e the toolbars and menu palettes to suit your needs. hen use the toolbar to create a new Wor'space by pullin$ down the list of Wor'spaces and choosin$ 4ave Current As.

Choose a suitable name for the new Wor'space such as ARD6.

&e%t type menuload<Enter> at the command line to open the menu loadin$ form.

At the bottom of the form set the file type to either mns or mnu( dependin$ of which format your custom menu is in. 5rowse to the file( select it and then select Open.

hen #oad the file. All ,op menus in the file and all toolbars in the file will be added to the current Wor'space and will display immediately.

A$ain use the mouse to dra$ the toolbars around as suits your needs. When ready use the Wor'space oolbar Save Current As item to save the current wor'space( overwritin$ the version you first created.

/ou can then use the C*+ command to open the customisation form and modify the customisation as you re)uire. he customisation process loads the new menu file into all Wor'spaces and as you will not normally wish to see the menus in other Wor'spaces( select a Wor'space which will then be hi$hli$hted in 5lue as is Civil 3 in the ad6acent view. Clic' on the 7 beside the ,artial C*+ 3iles to open the ree 8iew and de9 select the "enus and oolbars as shown. Repeat this for each Wor'space to ensure that when you use the Wor'space oolbar you can select a user interface which suits your needs.

here are a si$nificant number of other aspects of the *ser +nterface which can be modified with the C*+ form. As you have the time and need you can e%plore and ma'e chan$es.