CAD manager Richard Alexander shows us how to customize keyboard shortcuts in AutoCAD.
"I like to quickly capture the space that the ribbon takes up, so I developed a keyboard shortcut. I chose Ctrl+3, but you can choose your own combination of keys. To create the shortcut, use the CUI command, scroll down to Keyboard Shortcuts, and then to Shortcut Keys. Here is the information that I put in to create the new shortcut.
Description: Opens/Closes Ribbon Panel
Command Display Name: Ribbon
This took me a while to figure this out, so I was quite proud of it. I already use Ctrl+1 and Ctrl+2 frequently (for hiding Properties and Design Center, respectively), so I chose to use Ctrl+3 for this command. (Ctrl+3 is a shortcut that is standard for tool palettes, but I don't use palettes.) I can quickly regain my entire monitor space by holding down Ctrl, and then hitting 1,2,3 in order."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Customizing keyboard shortcuts is a great way to increase efficiency. After you've browsed to Shortcut Keys, right-click to create a new temporary override shortcut key or browse (in the window on the right) to an existing shortcut and edit it. Shortcut keys in your current workspace will have a green checkmark next to them; shortcuts in a different workspace will be marked with a red X. If you want to edit a shortcut in all workspaces you will have to edit it for each one. You cannot make new shortcut keys, but you can make Temporary Override Keys. They work the same, but do not use the Ctrl or Alt keys. You can use the Shift key with them.