Workspaces are groupings of tools (menus, toolbars, palettes, ribbon control panels) designed to create a drawing environment conducive to a particular task. AutoCAD’s built-in workspaces illustrate this approach:
- 2D Drafting & Annotation
- 3D Modeling
- AutoCAD Classic
- AutoCAD Default
When in the 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace, you see only those menus, toolbars, etc. that you will use for 2D Drafting. To switch between workspaces, make a selection in the window in the Workspaces toolbar. Or type Workspace at the command line, then press <Enter> for the default setCurrent option.
Caption: Pulldown list in Workspaces toolbar displays available workspaces. Use the Save Current As . . . selection at bottom to create new workspaces.
You can also create your own custom workspaces. Simply arrange your work environment as you want it (for example, display or hide particular toolbars or palettes), then save your current settings to a workspace. To do this, select Save Current As . . . from the Workspaces toolbar, or type Workspace at the command line, then type Saveas.
Alternatively, you can set up workspaces in the CUI. Type CUI at the command line to launch the Customize User Interface dialog box.
Caption: Customize User Interface dialog box.
In the upper left window, select Workspaces and right-click to bring up a short-cut menu with the option to create a New Workspace. Select the new workspace (rename it, if you like). Its contents will appear in the window at upper right (Workspace Contents). Click on Customize Workspace to change the selections under Toolbars, Menus, etc. In the window at lower right, you can specify display properties such as whether model and layout tabs, screen menus, and scroll bars will display in the workspace. When you’re done, select Apply, then OK. Your new workspace should now appear as an option in your Workspace toolbar.
You can control the display order of your saved workspaces and other options in the Workspace Settings dialog box, accessible through the Workspaces toolbar or by typing Wssettings at the command line.
Caption: Workspace Settings dialog box.