Are you a visual or semantic person, pictures or text? You do have the choice to select your preference.
Back a few AutoCAD releases ago, we made the default for the Drawing Tools buttons in the status bar display as graphical icons instead of the text. I am going to show you how to change these to what you prefer.
There were several reasons for this change as graphical icons are not language specific, so they do not need to be localized for every AutoCAD supported language. Icons also provided a more modern look in a User Interface, saved space, and a few other reasons the design team considered. The decision was not made until speaking with customers and some usability research to better understand what users thought of the change and how they would use them and discover any areas of concern especially when you take the default text away and have to find a graphic that conveys the option.
You have the choice of the default graphical icons.
Or use the text version.
All you need to do is simply right-click the Drawing Tools buttons in the status bar, and then select right-click context menu option to use icons or text.
AutoCAD features have so many ways to customize things. You can easily change most everything even if you wanted your AutoCAD 2013 to look like AutoCAD 2000 or even R12, you could do it.
While I am on the Status Bar topic, here is another tip. You can right-click on the blank space on the status bar and get more AutoCAD options set to your preferences.