Set Up the Drawing Area

You can adjust the color and display schemes used in the application and drawing windows, and control the behavior of general features such as zoom transitions.

Many of the settings are available from shortcut menus and the Options dialog box. Some workspace elements, such as the presence and location of toolbars and palettes, can be specified and saved using the Customize User Interface dialog box.

Some settings affect how you work in the drawing area:


Several types of tooltips provide pop-up information for interaction with toolbars, object snaps, and drafting operations.

You can view tooltips in toolbars, the menu browser, the ribbon, and dialog boxes. Initially, a basic tooltip is displayed. If you continue to hover, the tooltip expands to display additional information. You can customize the display and content of a tooltip.

Show Me: Display Tooltips for Commands
See Also
To set options
To customize the colors of the application window elements
To change the appearance of view transitions
To display hidden message dialogs

To turn tooltips on or off

  1. Click Tools menu  Options.At the command prompt, enter options.
  2. In the Options dialog box, Display tab, under Window Elements, click Show Tooltips.
  3. Click OK.
System Variables
Command Modifiers