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Customizing menus

 

You can customize a current menu and save your changes as a menu file. Menus files can also be loaded. Menu file formats can be any of the following: CAD.direct 2019 (*.icm files), Customizations (.cui files), and AutoCAD (*.mnu, *.mns files).

 

Understanding menu compatibility

 

CUI format menu files are created by newer versions of AutoCAD. MNU format files are menu files created by all AutoCAD releases, and MNS format files are included in AutoCAD Releases 13, 14, and 2000. CAD.direct 2019 reads all file formats, even when menu macros include AutoLISP code. This feature allows you to continue using your existing AutoCAD menus.

 

CAD.direct 2019 supports all sections of CUI format files required for menus and toolbars customization.

 

For MNU and MNS format file compatibility, see the following table.

To see how CAD.direct 2019 reads AutoCAD menu source files

 

Type menu and then press Enter.

 

Under Files Of Type, select AutoCAD Menu File (mnu).

 

In the Open Menu dialog box, go to the AutoCAD Support folder and select the Acad.mnu file (or Acad.mns for Releases 13, 14, and 2000).

 

To load the AutoCAD menu file into CAD.direct 2019, click Open.

 

The CAD.direct 2019 menu bar now looks identical to the AutoCAD menu bar.

 

To see how it works, choose a few commands from the menu bar, such as File > Open or Draw > Line.

 

To restore CAD.direct 2019 to its default menu , choose Tools > Customize, click the Menus tab, and then click Reset.

 

To restore the CAD.direct 2019 default toolbars, choose Tools > Customize, and then click the Toolbars tab and click Reset.

 

Creating new menus and commands

 

You can create a new menu by inserting a menu item at the top level of the Menu Tree. Then you can add commands to the new menu item. You can also add sub-menus and modify existing menu names and commands by adding, deleting, and rearranging them.

 

Bullet colors indicate whether a command is available at the current experience level.

 

A green bullet in front of a menu item or command indicates that the menu item or command is available; a red bullet in front of a menu item or command indicates that the menu item or command is not available for you to use at the experience level you have set. To change your experience level, choose Tools > Options.

To create a new menu

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Menus tab.

 

In the Menu Tree, select the menu name above which you want to add a new menu.

 

Choose Insert > Menu Item.

 

Type a name for the new pull-down menu, and then press Enter.

 

Click Close.

 

To see the new menu, you must perform the following steps for adding a command to the menu.

 

To add a command to a menu

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Menus tab.

 

In the Menu Tree, select the menu to which you want to add the new command.

 

Choose Insert > Menu Sub-Item.

 

Type a name for the new command, and then press Enter.

 

Assign a command string to the command you added by doing one of the following:

 

  • In the Available Commands list, choose the command, and then click Add Command.
  • In the Command box, type the command string, and then click Add Command.

 

In the Help String box, type the text to be displayed in the status bar when the cursor is positioned over the new command.

 

To add another command, repeat steps 3 through 7.

 

When you have finished, click Close.

 

You can specify an access key by including an ampersand.

When you type the name of the command, include the ampersand (&) immediately preceding the letter you want to use as the access key. Be sure not to assign the same access key to more than one menu or command within a menu. For example, if you add a command named Quick Line to the Insert menu, including an ampersand immediately preceding the letter Q causes that letter to appear underlined in the menu. You can then select that command by displaying the menu and pressing the Alt+Q keys.

 

Add three ^C (Ctrl+C) characters before a command to cancel any active commands.

 

When a command is selected from a menu, these characters will cancel any active commands or dialogs.

 

To rename a menu item

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Menus tab.

 

In the Menu Tree, select the menu item you want to rename.

 

Click Rename.

 

Type a new name for the menu item by typing over the highlighted name, and then press Enter.

 

Click Close

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To delete a menu item

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Menus tab.

 

In the Menu Tree, select the menu item you want to delete.

 

Click Delete.

 

In the Confirmation dialog box, click Yes to delete the menu item.

 

Click Close.

 

Some menu items have sub-items below them.

 

Deleting a menu item that has sub-items below it in the Menu Tree also deletes all of those sub-items.

 

Setting the experience levels for menus

 

You can set the experience levels for menu items you create, and you can change the experience levels for existing commands.

 

To set the experience levels for a command

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Menus tab.

 

In the Menu Tree, select the command.

 

Click Options.

 

In the Menu Customization Options dialog box, under Experience Level, select the experience levels that you want for the command.

 

Click OK.

 

Click Close.

 

 

Select all the experience levels above the lowest level you want to use

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Intermediate without also selecting Advanced, the commands will appear only when you set the experience level to Intermediate.

 

Saving menu files

 

CAD.direct 2019 automatically saves any changes you make to the current menu. You can also create and save custom menus as files. You can choose to save a menu file in CUI format, ICM format, or MNU format.

 

Saving a menu does not save any toolbars that you created or modified.

 

For details about editing a .cui file manually after saving it, see “Customizing the main window using a .cui file” on page 642 in this chapter. details about editing a .cui file manually after saving it

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Menus tab.

 

Click Export.

 

In the Export Menu dialog box, specify the directory and file name you want to use to save the menu file.

 

In Files Of Type, select the desired format.

 

Click Save.

 

Click Close.

 

Loading menu files

 

You can replace the current menu file with other custom menus. The program loads Customizations (*.cui), AutoCAD (*.mnu, *.mns), and CAD.direct 2019 (*.icm) menu files.

 

For details about editing a .cui file manually before loading it, see “Customizing the main window using a .cui file” on page 642 in this chapter. details about editing a .cui file manually before loading it

 

To load a menu file

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Menus tab.

 

Click Import.

 

From the Files Of Type list, choose either *.icm, *.cui, *.mnu, or *.mns.

 

Select the menu to load.

 

Click Open.

 

Click Close.

 

Loading a new menu replaces only the menu.

 

It does not replace any custom toolbars you may have defined.

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