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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.

Michael's Corner provides something for every AutoCAD user. Every month, a number of articles cover a wide range of topics, suitable for users at all levels, including "The Basics" for those just starting out. Essentially, the aim of Michael's Corner is to help all AutoCAD users work smarter and faster.

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This month…

June - Summer Simplicity

It seems like summer just kind of crept up on us and I can't believe we're nearly halfway through the year already! I'm still investigating AutoCAD 2015 and will present additional content in the months ahead, but this month I simply wanted to show you a few things I encountered in my training sessions recently.

…A very simple but effective method of creating a Solid with the Sweep command
…The new feature in A2015 that conforms to the simple motion of dragging to select objects
…Variables that will make life much simpler if you are aware of what they can do
…An object snap that makes snapping to the insertion point of a block quite simple

Needless to say, the point of summer is to hopefully find time to enjoy the simple things… in AutoCAD.

Safe travels!

This month's articles

Sweeping a 3D Shape around a Pline
AutoCAD 2015 ‘Lasso’
“Buriables” (Buried Variables)
Use the INSERT Osnap on Blocks

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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