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Michael BeallMichael's Corner is a monthly publication written by Michael E. Beall, Autodesk Authorized Author and peripatetic AutoCAD trainer. Michael travels all over the USA, bringing his fantastic experience and great understanding of AutoCAD to his clients. Michael's Corner brings together many of the tips, tricks and methods developed during these training sessions for the benefit of all users.

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This month…

February - In Five…

Yes, that's the countdown. Since 2003 it's been a treat to bring you monthly — and more recently, bi-monthly — insights to this endlessly exciting (and sometimes frustrating) wickedly-powerful software.

That said, it's time to direct my efforts elsewhere, so this will be my last year and there will be four more issues after this one. I'm leaning toward a ‘Final Edition’ of The AutoCAD Workbench, but I have yet to decide if and when that may be available.

In the meantime, here are a few things I thought would amuse, educate, and entertain…

…Introduced in A2016, the DIM command can be quite the time-saver.
…When making extensive edits, this Move Previous LISP routine may come in handy.
…Now that you're used to the ‘new’ File tabs at the top, here's how you can suppress that perpetual Start tab.
…Another quick tip on copying items on your Tool Palette.

Now, repeat after me: “We're just another day closer to Spring!!”

This month's articles

The DIM command
LISP for Move Previous
Start Tab
Tool Palette Basics

From the Vault

Originally published December 2008

Creating a Custom Flyout Button on a Toolbar

A custom flyoutOne of my customers in Nashville asked about creating a flyout button, and although I am still a proponent of customizing a tool palette, I thought I'd take a look-see. I was pleasantly surprised that the process is actually quite simple.

The following instructions take you through the process, but you may want to also review my coverage from January 2006 on making custom toolbars using the Customize User Interface.

Instructions to Create a Flyout on a Toolbar

A new toolbar in the CUI
  1. Enter CUI, then press Enter to open the Customize User Interface dialog box.
  2. Under Customizations In All CUI Files, expand Partial CUI Files, then expand CUSTOM. This will display the collection of customizable interface elements, including Toolbars.
  3. Right-click on the Toolbar node, then click New Toolbar.
  4. Enter a name for the toolbar - CT_1208 in my example - then press [Enter].
Create a new flyout
  1. Right-click on the new toolbar name, then click New Flyout. This creates and offsets a new toolbar node, Toolbarx, where the number indicates it's position in the list.

Note: You will also see a duplicate of the Toolbar at the same indent position as your other custom toolbars.

  1. At this point, you can populate the flyout toolbar with commands (as well as the new "host" toolbar) as you would normally by dragging commands from the command list and releasing them on the desired toolbar/flyout.

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