AutoCAD® CUI Training

Learn how to customize and configure AutoCAD with the CUI editor. Introduced in AutoCAD 2006, the CUI has totally changed how AutoCAD is customized. And is this a good thing? You bet! Now you can customize your AutoCAD environment from one central location.

  • Customize menus and toolbars
  • Use the CUI editor
  • Migrate menus and toolbars
  • Create protected menus, toolbar, and workspaces
  • Customize tablet, mouse and more


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.MNL files are GONE!

Gone are the days of editing mnu files in Notepad. Gone are the days of worrying about entering the menu structure correctly.



But what about your old menus and toolbars? You know, the ones you spent hours on trying to get them just right! This series includes coverage on migration as well as migration issues to watch for.


Create protected menus, toolbar and workspaces

Learn how to use Enterprise CUI files correctly to protect your company wide customizations, yet still allow users to make other customizations of their own. Want to keep users from editing the standard menus and toolbars that ship with AutoCAD? We'll show you how to do that too!.


Lesson Contents

  • Introduction and background
  • Overview
    • Comparison to MNU files
    • Manually editing a CUI file (Don't do it!)
    • CUI is Version aware
    • CUI issues and service packs
    • Main, enterprise and partial CUI files
  • Load order and precedence
    • What gets loaded first, and why you should care
    • Special cases, keyboard shortcuts and double-click actions
  • The CUI Editor - Part 1
    • Overview of the editor
    • Making backups
    • Restoring a CUI file
    • Resetting a CUI file
    • CUI Commands - They're not the same thing as AutoCAD commands
    • One command, multiple locations
    • Command images
    • Finding commands
  • The CUI Editor - Part 2
    • The "Customizations In" pane
    • The safe approach (creating a blank CUI file to play with)
    • Loading acad.cui as a partial
    • Workspaces (where are my menus?)
    • Creating toolbars
    • Creating toolbar flyouts
    • Flyout issues to avoid
    • Creating menus
    • Creating sub menus
    • Reordering menus (its not how you think it is)
    • Sub menu tips
  • The CUI Editor - Part 3
    • Shortcut menus
    • Making them context sensitive
    • Creating them from other menus
    • Issues - where to put them?
    • Keyboard shortcuts
    • Double-click actions
    • Mouse buttons
    • LISP files
    • Auto loading a LISP file
    • Loading additional LISP files
    • Legacy elements
  • CUI Strategies
    • Enterprise, Main & Partial files
    • Protecting your company standards
    • Protecting the standard AutoCAD configuration
    • Working with vertical apps like Civil 3D or Architectural Desktop
  • Migration
    • Defining the task
    • How to do it
    • Issues to watch for
  • Digitizer Tablets
    • Initial configuration
    • Customizing tablet menus
    • Customizing tablet buttons
    • Migrating your old tablet setup
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