You can add tools to
a tool palette with several methods.
You can create new tool palettes using the
Properties button on the title bar of the Tool Palettes window.
Add tools to a tool palette with the following methods:
- Drag any of the following
onto your tool palette: geometric objects such as lines, circles,
and polylines; dimensions; hatches; gradient fills; blocks; xrefs;
- Drag drawings, blocks, and hatches from
DesignCenter to the tool palette. Drawings that are added to a tool
palette are inserted as blocks when dragged into the drawing.
- Use the Customize dialog box to drag
commands to a tool palette just as you might add them to a toolbar.
- Use the Customize User Interface (CUI)
Editor to drag commands to a tool palette from the Command List
- Use Cut, Copy, and Paste to move or copy
tools from one tool palette to another.
- Manage tool palettes by creating new
palettes from scratch, renaming, deleting or moving palettes with
the shortcut menu.
NoteIt is not recommended
to create or rename tool palettes when the Customize User Interface
(CUI) Editor is displayed.
- Create a tool palette tab with predetermined
content by right-clicking a folder, a drawing file, or a block in
the DesignCenter tree view, and then clicking Create Tool Palette
on the shortcut menu.
- You can associate a customizable tool
palette group with each panel on the ribbon. Right-click the ribbon
panel to display a list of available tool palette groups.
the source drawing file for a block, xref, or raster image tool
is moved to a different folder, you must modify the tool that references
it by right-clicking the tool and, in the Tool Properties dialog
box, specifying the new source file folder.
Rearranging Tools and Tool
Once tools are placed
on a tool palette, you can rearrange them by dragging them around
or by sorting them. You can also add text and separator lines to tool
can move a tool palette tab up and down the list of tabs by using
the tool palette shortcut menu or the Tool Palettes tab of the Customize
dialog box. Similarly, you can delete tool palettes that you no
longer need. Tool palettes that are deleted are lost unless they
are first saved by exporting them to a file. You can control the
path to your tool palettes on the Files tab in the Options dialog
box. This path can be to a shared network location.
Read-Only Tool Palettes
If a tool palette file is set with a
read-only attribute, a lock icon is displayed in a lower corner
of the tool palette. This indicates that you cannot modify the tool
palette beyond changing its display settings and rearranging the icons.
To apply a read-only
attribute to a tool palette, right-click the tool palette (ATC)
file in the following location: C:\documents and settings\<user name>\application
On the shortcut menu, click Properties. On the General tab, select
Read-only, and click OK.
To create a tool palette
To create a tool palette from a folder
or a drawing
To associate a tool palette group with
a ribbon panel
To display the tool palette group associated
with a ribbon panel
To rename a tool palette
To delete a tool palette
To change the position of a tool palette
To add text to a tool palette
To add a separator line to a tool palette
To sort items in a tool palette
- Right-click a blank area inside the Tool
Palettes window. Click Sort By Name
or Sort By Type.
NoteItems are sorted
in order, by text, separator, and tool.