The Ribbon

In AutoCAD Map 3D, the tabs across the top of the application window are called a ribbon.

Tabs are like horizontal menus. Click a tab to see the commands associated with it. Sets of related commands are grouped in panels. Click a command icon within a panel to select that command. Panel titles that display a down arrow contain more options. Panel titles that display an arrow in the lower right corner have a dialog box associated with them.

Use the following techniques when working with the ribbon

The application menu

The application menu includes the Search Field and file-related commands. Options displays the AutoCAD Options dialog box, which controls such things as the background color for maps.

To use the application menu

  1. Click to see the application menu.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Click a command or submenu item on the left side of the application menu.
    • To issue a different command, type its name into the Search field. See Finding Commands.
    • To switch between viewing recent documents and open documents, click the icons above the list of commands on the left.

      You can view recent documents as an ordered list, or by size, type, or access date. You can display large or small icons or images for either list.

    • To change AutoCAD settings, click Options. See Options.

Quick Access Toolbar

Put the commands you use most often on the Quick Access Toolbar. You can display the toolbar at the top of the application window or just below the ribbon.

To customize the Quick Access Toolbar

  1. Click the down arrow next to the current Quick Access Toolbar.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To add a command to the Quick Access Toolbar, select any command that is listed.
    • To remove a selected command from the Quick Access Toolbar, click it to clear its check mark.
    • To move the Quick Access Toolbar below the ribbon area, select Show Below The Ribbon.

To continue this tour of AutoCAD Map 3D, go to Finding Commands

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