AutoCAD 2009 introduced a spiffy new look for AutoCAD. The big red “A” at the upper left of the program window is more than decorative, however. It’s the icon for a new feature called the Menu Browser.
Caption: The big red “A” displays the Menu Browser in AutoCAD 2009 and up.
The Menu Browser is meant to replace the menus that in prior releases ran across the top of the AutoCAD window. When you click on the Menu Browser, you see the menus in a vertical list. When you select a menu, the Menu Browser expands to show the commands in that menu. You can then select your desired command.
Caption: The Menu Browser is the new home for AutoCAD’s menus (left panel). Select a menu to see its commands.
Note the search box at the top right of the Menu Browser. This allows you to search the CUI (Customization User Interface) to quickly find commands. As you type your search term, any CUI item that contains it will appear in the Menu Browser. For example, if you type “line,” the Menu Browser will display Line, Linetype, Multiline, and so forth. Simply click on the appropriate item to launch the command.
The items at bottom left in the Menu Browser allow you to view recent or open drawings.
Caption: Select Open Documents to view thumbnail images of all open documents.
The items at bottom left in the Menu Browser allow you to view recent or open drawings. You can also view recent actions you’ve selected, then select one to repeat it, if needed.
Caption: Right-click in the menu browser to access additional options. Here the menu allows you to open, partial open, or pin a document that appears when you select the Recent Documents option.
One final note: The big red “A” also stands for Abort— just double-click on the “A” to shut down AutoCAD.