Word to the Wise: Workspaces.
Workspace definition (per the Help menu): Workspaces are sets of menus, toolbars, palettes, and ribbon control panels that are grouped and organized so that you can work in a custom, task-oriented drawing environment.
The Workspace named 2D Drafting & Annotation provides several Ribbon panels and tabs containing common features needed for 2D drawings. The Workspace named 3D Modeling provides Ribbon-based 3D-related features. Both of these are good starting points. You can then refine the Ribbon a bit more, then save it as another Workspace.
GOLD STAR TIP: At the office, if you have already ‘arranged’ your Ribbon, I would recommend that you first create a workspace of your current arrangement so you can return to that condition when you’re finished ‘experimenting’.
How to Create a Workspace
1.. To save your current workspace by name, click the Workspace Switching icon on the right half of the status bar, then click Save Current As.
2.. Enter a name for the current workspace, then click Save.
Quandary: How do you update a Workspace with the changes you have made to the Ribbon that you now want to keep?
MAJOR, MAC-DADDY MEMO: If you have created a workspace after configuring your Ribbon, PLEASE save your Workspace before you open the CUI [Customize User Interface] … because when you close the CUI and save your changes, AutoCAD uses the most recently saved condition of your workspace.
How to Update Your Workspace
1.. Make the necessary changes and position edits to your Ribbon.
2.. On the Status bar, click Workspace Switching, then click Save Current As.
3.. In the drop-down list, choose the name of the workspace for the changes, then click Save.
You will find this tip and a couple hundred other insights in The AutoCAD Workbench, available from Michael’s website, www.autocadtrainerguy.com
If you would like to submit a guest post please Email Me for details.