Workspaces control the display of user interface elements such as toolbars and the menu bar. While a workspace primarily provides toolbars, menus, ribbon tabs, and palettes, you can also use a workspace to control user interface elements for the application and drawing windows. A workspace can control the following:
The Quick Access toolbar that is displayed on the application window is controlled by the current workspace. While a workspace does not directly control which commands are displayed on the Quick Access toolbar, it does control which Quick Access toolbar in the loaded CUIx files is displayed. For information about creating and editing Quick Access toolbars, see .
The display and order of ribbon tabs and panels on the ribbon are controlled through workspaces. You add and specify the order of ribbon tabs and their associated panels in the Workspace Contents pane. You add ribbon panels to a ribbon tab through the Customizations In <file name> pane.
After you assign ribbon tabs to a workspace, you can control the default display and behavior of both ribbon tabs and panels through the Properties pane. From the Properties pane, you can set the Tool Palette Group for a ribbon tab and orientation and resize order for a ribbon panel. For information about creating and editing ribbon content, see under .
You can control which toolbars are displayed and how they are positioned in the application window (if they are floating or docked, and where they are in the application window). You add the toolbars through the Workspace Contents pane, and control the appearance of the toolbars in the Properties pane. For information about creating and editing toolbars, see under .
Menus and the order in which they are displayed on the menu bar can only be controlled through the Workspace Contents pane. By default the menu bar is not displayed when the ribbon is. Set the system variable to 1 to display the menu bar above the ribbon. You can also set the Menu Bar property for a workspace to On to display the menu bar each time a workspace is set current. For information about creating and editing pull-down menus, see under .
You set up a workspace to control the display, position, and appearance of palettes in the application window. They can be floating or docked. Unlike ribbon panels, ribbon tabs, and menus, palettes are available in any workspace. You can turn palettes on or off with a workspace. The display properties of palettes are modified through the Workspace Contents and Properties pane. For information about controlling palettes with workspaces, see .