Michael'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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For those of you unable to make it to this year's main event—Autodesk University 2014—this month's offering includes a couple items from my AU Hands-On Lab, Click My Ride: Customizing Autodesk AutoCAD for How You Work. I'm really looking forward to showing the 86 registered attendees several of the features that have been presented in previous Corner articles on how to optimize AutoCAD for maximum productivity.
This edition will also usher in the new bi-monthly publication of Michael's Corner. There's a possibility I may be adding a couple other products to my "Training Menu" in the upcoming year, so I figured eleven years of four-articles-per-month would warrant a downshift in my Corner offerings. And although, I'm the one with his face on this page, Michael's Corner is ONLY possible because my tireless colleague, Professor David Watson (the chief cook & bottle-washer of CADTutor.net), takes my lowly Word document and works his HTML magic to create the pages you see here.
So with that introduction, this edition brings you these AutoCAD productivity insights…
…How—and Why—to export a Zip file containing your AutoCAD settings
…Where to find the "Hide-A-Key" ACAD.CUIX file that AutoCAD already has saved for you
…The importance of creating a Workspace early on
…Easy Tab & Panel creation from my AU2014 Lab: Click My Ride
Wishing you all a glorious and joyful Christmas season and I hope your New Year is chockfull of exciting new adventures and opportunities!
Many of you may use Ctrl + S in Word or Excel or AutoCAD to Save your file. When you're in Word or in your browser, you can use Ctrl + F to launch the Find routine. Except in AutoCAD… where it toggles your Osnap On and Off.
So let's say we set Ctrl + F to be the Find command!
Open the CUI dialog box by typing CUI at the command line.
In the Customizations pane, expand Partial CUI Files, then expand Custom. Now expand the Keyboard Shortcuts node.
Under Command List, drag the Find command up into the Customizations pane and release it next to Shortcut Keys to add it to the listing.
Note: If the recently added command does not initially appear in the Shortcuts pane, you may have to OK out of the CUI, then re-open it.
In the Shortcuts pane next to the Find command, click in the Keys column to display an edit box — confirm NumLock is Off — then hold down Ctrl + F and press [Enter]. The Find command will now alphabetize in the list, and you should now see a green checkmark in the column preceding the Find command name.
Click OK to close out of the CUI, then hit Ctrl + F to launch Find!