Wednesday, March 12, 2008

AutoCAD 2009 – Quick Access Toolbar


Hello and welcome to CAD-a-Blog. Here is another AutoCAD 2009 tip about the Quick Access toolbar. This is a nice new feature that will help a user do things quickly. It doesn’t speed or slow up time so you can get more work done, it does provide easy access to buttons that will enable frequently used commands.

Earlier I blogged about AutoCAD 2009 has revamping the user interface. One of those changes, or additions in this case, is the Quick Access Toolbar. I like to call it the QAT!

The QAT resides in the upper left corner of the Application Window, in AutoCAD 2009. Out of the box it has six icons on it: qnew, open, save, plot, undo, and redo. No more FILE, OPEN, etc. No more looking for the standard toolbar and clicking NEW. Just go up to the QAT and click the appropriate button. If you don’t like these commands, or if you feel the QAT is lacking, right click it (the QAT that is) and select the “CUSTOMIZE QUICK ACCESS TOOLBAR” option. It will open a CUI window. Find the command you want and drag it to the QAT. This customization is saved in the workspace so if you change your workspace, the QAT will change.

For those of you suffering from toolbar and menu bar withdrawal, right click the QAT and turn those bad boys back on!!! Yay!!! I suggest you don’t, give the poor ribbon a chance will ya? If there is just one icon (toolbar) that you can’t live without, put that command in the QAT.

I hope this helps. Happy CADDING!!!

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