You can adjust the application interface and
drawing area to match the way you work.
Many of the
settings are available from shortcut menus and the Options dialog
box. Some workspace elements, such as the presence and location of
toolbars and palettes, can be specified and saved using the
Customize User Interface dialog box.
Set Up the
affect how you work in the drawing area:
Background colors (Options dialog box,
Display tab, Colors). You specify the background colors used
in model space, layouts, and the block editor. Background colors on
the Model tab change to indicate whether you are working in a 2D
design context, 3D modeling (parallel projection), or 3D modeling
UCS icon and crosshairs cursor (Options
dialog box, 3D Modeling tab). You specify that the 3D display
options and labels for the UCS icon can be set in the 3D Modeling
tab of the Options dialog box.
Color assignments for X, Y, and Z (Options
dialog box, Display tab, Colors). In 3D views, any interface
elements that are associated with the UCS X,
Y, and Z axis use
special color assignments. The X axis is
colored or tinted red, the Y axis is green,
and the Z axis is blue. These tints can be
turned on or off in the Drawing Window Colors dialog box.
Clean Screen. You can expand the
drawing display area to display only the menu bar, status bar, and
command window. ClickView
Screen. A check mark is displayed next to
the option. Click Clean Screen again to restore the previous setup.
A clean screen button is available in the lower-right corner of the
View Transitions. You can control
whether view transitions are smooth or instantaneous when you pan,
zoom, or change from one view to another (VTOPTIONS command). The
default is a smooth transition.
Tooltips. Several types of tooltips
provide pop-up information for interactions with toolbars, object
snaps, and drafting operations.
with Perspective Projection
Ground Plane (Options dialog box, Display
tab, Colors). When perspective projection is turned on, the XY
plane of the UCS displays as a ground plane
with a gradient color. The ground plane displays a gradient from
the ground horizon to the ground origin.
Sky (Options dialog box, Display tab,
Colors). The area not covered by the ground plane is the
sky, which displays a gradient color from the
sky horizon to the sky
Underground (Options dialog box, Display
tab, Colors). If the ground plane is viewed from below ground,
the ground plane displays a gradient from the earth horizon to the earth
Ground Plane Grid (Options dialog box,
Display tab, Colors). When perspective projection is turned
on, the grid displays as a ground plane grid.
Colors are set for major grid lines, minor grid lines, and axis
Between Model Space and Layouts
control how you change between model space and one or more layouts.
The classic interface provides a Model tab and one or more layout
tabs. To optimize space in the drawing area, you can turn off these
tabs and use the equivalent buttons on the status bar. The control
to change between the two interface designs is included as an item
on the Model and layout tab shortcut menu, and on the shortcut menu
of the Model/Layout button on the status bar.
NoteAccess to all
shortcut menu options is available from the tabs only.
Font (Options dialog box, Display tab).
Change the fonts used in the application window and in the text
window. This setting does not affect the text in your
Display of Dockable Windows
such as the Properties palette, a tool palette, and DesignCenter,
are dockable. That is, they can be docked, anchored, or
these and other options are often changed on a shortcut menu,
available by right-clicking the title bar of the palette or
Resize. Drag an edge of the window to
change its size. If the window has panes, drag the bar between
panes to resize the panes.
Allow Docking. Select this option if
you want to dock or anchor a dockable window. A docked window
adheres to one side of the application window, causing the drawing
area to be resized.
Anchor. Attach, or anchor, a dockable
window or palette to the left or right side of the drawing area. An
anchored window rolls open and closed as the cursor moves across
it. When an anchored window is open, its content overlaps the
drawing area. An anchored window cannot be set to stay open. The
Allow Docking option must be selected before you can anchor a
Auto-hide. A floating window rolls open
and closes as the cursor moves across it. When this option is
cleared, the window stays open continuously.
Transparency. The window becomes
transparent so that it does not obscure objects under it. This
option is not available for all windows.
Display of Toolbars
To display or
hide toolbars, right-click any toolbar to display a list of
toolbars. A check mark next to a toolbar name indicates that it is
displayed. Click a toolbar name in the list to display or clear the
A toolbar can
be docked or floating. A docked toolbar is attached to any edge of
the drawing area. Undock a toolbar by clicking the double bars and
dragging it into the drawing area. You can click the title bar and
drag it to a new location or dock it. Resize a floating toolbar by
dragging an edge.
Position of Toolbars and Dockable Windows
Once you have
arranged toolbars and docked, floating, or anchored windows the way
you want them, you can lock their position. Locked toolbars and
windows can still be opened and closed and items can be added and
deleted. To unlock them temporarily, hold down CTRL.