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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…

December - Automate it!

I'm sure I've forgotten more than I remember at my age, so coming up with one-click solutions is always at the top of my list. After training the daylights out of something, I usually try to figure out how we can automate it.

And although I'm not presenting at Autodesk University this year, I hope those of you who are able to attend are having (or had) a wonderful and educational experience, as it always is.

So here are a few things you may be interested in as the year winds down or as you're looking forward to the surprises in store this new year!

…Automating the Settings feature for Select Similar
…Restoring a Layer State from the Quick Access Toolbar
…Accessing commands from another Workspace
…Restoring the original value of a Dimension

Wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Make a snow man — or a sand castle if that's more in keeping with your part of the world — and smile often… it'll make people wonder what you're up to!

This month's articles

Select Similar Drop-down on the Quick Access Toolbar
Layer State on the Quick Access Toolbar
Ground Shadows to the QAT
Original Dimension Value

From the Vault

Originally published August 2011

Add a Dimension to the Combo Drop-down on the Home Tab

RibbonAs Autodesk developed the Ribbon, they clearly had to make some judgment calls on which commands would get preferential treatment. On the Home tab, Annotation panel, there's something called a Ribbon Combo Box that contains several dimensioning commands.

Here's how to add the ones that you like.

Note: Since the Ribbon condition is Workspace-specific, save any changes you have made recently to your Workspace before beginning this exercise.

How to Add a Dimension to the Ribbon Combo Box

  1. CUI PanelsType CUI to open the Customize User Interface.

  2. Expand Ribbon, then expand Panels, to display the list of all the panels on the Ribbon.

  3. Home 2D

    Expand Home 2D — Annotation, then expand Row 3 to display the content of the panel containing the Dimension-related features.

  4. Click Ribbon Combo Box — Dimension Style to display the content of that node in the Panel Preview area.

  5. Panel Preview

    In the Panel Preview area, click Linear. This will automatically cause the CUI to expand the Dimension Drop-down node under the Panels.

  6. Drag and drop

    Under the Command list, find your preferred dimension routine — I'll be getting Dimension, Continue — then drag and drop it into the Dimension Drop-down list of commands.

  7. When you're finished organizing that listing, click OK to close the CUI and apply your edits.

Drop-down node

Now check out the Dimension drop-down node on the Ribbon to see the result!

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