should know several terms for customizing AutoCAD 2012.
- Customization (CUIx) file
package file that contains multiple XML-based files and custom image
files. Each one of the XML-based files contain the data for a different type
of user interface element that can be customized. The custom images
that are stored in the file are those that are referenced by the commands
defined in the customization data and are not stored in a resource
DLL. You modify a customization file through the Customize User
Interface (CUI) Editor. CUIx files replace the CUI, MNU, MNS, and
MNC files that were used to define menus in releases prior to AutoCAD 2012.
- Customization group
A name that is assigned to a CUIx file to identify customization
content in the CUIx file. A CUIx file loaded into AutoCAD must
have a unique customization group name to prevent conflicts between
CUIx files in the program. In releases prior to AutoCAD 2006, called
- Element ID
A unique identifier of an interface element. In previous
releases, called a tag.
- Dashboard panel
An organizational structure used to lay out commands
and controls for display on the dashboard, which was available in AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD 2008.
The dashboard was replaced by the ribbon in AutoCAD 2009 and later.
For information about transferring dashboard panels to ribbon panels,
To copy a dashboard panel to a ribbon panel.
- Enterprise customization file
CUIx file that is typically controlled by a CAD manager. It is often
accessed by many users and is stored in a shared network location.
The file is read-only to users to prevent the data in the file from
being changed. A CAD manager creates an enterprise CUIx file by
modifying a main CUIx file and then saving the file to a shared
network location. Users then specify this file in the Options dialog
box, Files tab.
- Interface element
object that can be customized, such as a toolbar, pull-down menu,
shortcut key, palette, and so on. It is a node in the Customizations
In <file name> pane that contains
user interface items.
- Interface item
individual parts of a user interface element, such as a toolbar
button, pull-down menu item, shortcut key, temporary override key,
and so on.
- Legacy Customization (CUI) file
XML-based file that stores customization data for AutoCAD 2006 through AutoCAD 2009. The
CUI file has been replaced by the CUIx file. A CUIx file can be
generated from a CUI file using the Transfer tab of the CUI command.
- Legacy Menu (MNS) file
based file that stores menu customization data for AutoCAD 2005 and earlier.
Most of the file needed to be edited outside of AutoCAD using
a text editor such as Notepad, but there were a few features that could
be customized in AutoCAD using the CUSTOMIZE command. The MNS
file has been replaced by the CUIx file. A CUIx file can be generated
from an MNS file using the Transfer tab of the CUI command.
- Legacy Menu Template (MNU) file
based file that is used as a template to define the contents of
the MNS file when the MNU file is loaded into AutoCAD with the MENU
command. The MNU file is used in AutoCAD 2005 and earlier, and is
very similar to the MNS file. The MNU file has been replaced by the
CUIx file. A CUIx file can be generated from a MNU file using the
Transfer tab of the CUI command.
series of commands that are run in a defined sequence to accomplish
a drawing task.
- Main customization file
CUIx file that defines most of the user interface elements (including
the standard menus, toolbars, keyboard accelerators, and so on).
The acad.cuix file (the default main
CUIx file) is automatically loaded when you start AutoCAD.
interface element that displays panels made up of commands and controls
that can be docked horizontally or vertically along the program’s
- Ribbon panel
An organizational structure used to lay
out commands and controls for display on the ribbon or as a floating
interface element that can be docked or floating in the drawing
area. Palettes include the Command Line window, Tool Palettes Window, Properties
palette, and so on.
- Partial customization file
CUIx file that is not defined as the main or enterprise CUIx file.
You can load and unload partial CUIx files as you need them during
a drawing session.
- Quick Access toolbar
An interface element that is located
to the right of the application menu and provides direct access
to a defined set of commands.
- Tree node
hierarchical structure in the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor
that contains interface elements and items that can be imported, exported,
collection of user interface elements, including their contents,
properties, display states, and locations.