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Convert a Toolbar into a Ribbon Panel
Tip# 4375 By Levi Connolly On 06-Oct-2014
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Rated By 2 users
Categories : Toolbars, Menus
Software type : AutoCAD 2015
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This is an easy, built-in way to convert existing toolbars into a ribbon panel.

If you’re like me, you don’t want to make the move to the ribbon without bringing your custom toolbar with you. This is a fairly easy operation. Go to the Customize User Interface (CUI) window, expand the toolbars tree, and navigate to your toolbar in the Customizations in All Files list. Right-click on your custom toolbar, and select the Copy to Ribbon Panels option.



Then expand the Ribbon tree, Panels tree, and Tabs tree. Navigate to the custom toolbar (which is now a panel) in the panels (probably at the bottom).



Drag the new custom panel up until you get to the tabs. Release on the home tab and when you apply and close the CUI, you will find your old toolbar on the home ribbon panel!



Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer R.K. McSwain: This is an easy, built-in way to convert existing toolbars into a ribbon panel. If you are wanting to go the other direction (from ribbon to toolbar), see tip #3771.
 

 

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User comments
Comment by Parrish,Brad
Posted on 2014-10-06 13:52:07
If you’re like me, you never make the move to the ribbon! The ribbon and 98% of the tool bars are a complete waste of drafting time. Hunting for "little pictures" is wasting time and drafting real estate. 99.5% of the commands you need can be accessed with keyboard commands, native or aliases, and lisps. A good drafter has one hand on the mouse, drafting; and the other over the keyboard, commanding.
Comment by Hollingsworth,Mike
Posted on 2014-10-06 14:48:40
Maybe it makes me "old fashioned", but I agree with you @Parrish, Brad. Inventor could use more customizable keystroke command aliases!
Comment by Hollingsworth,Mike
Posted on 2014-10-06 14:49:09
Maybe it makes me "old fashioned", but I agree with you @Parrish, Brad. Inventor could use more customizable keystroke command aliases!
Comment by cox,kim
Posted on 2014-10-06 15:10:44
Thank you! I am a long time user, but I try not to be close-minded to new things. I am slowly incorporating the ribbon into my drafting process and this tip will be helpful for the few commands that I like on my custom tool bar. I often need to train/help surveying people to use Civil 3D and knowing the ribbon is essential since they usually can’t or don’t want to remember all of the keyboard commands.
Comment by Skiles,Lewis
Posted on 2014-10-17 20:23:01
I find that all the typing, one handed, is such a waste of time and energy when all the commands I need are right at my finger tip with the ribbon, I realize there are those who look down on the tool bars and ribbons, but I have always embraced the changes in each upgrade since using the DOS version of release 12 which I started with. Release 14 was so exciting with the heads-up commands and we could closet the digitizer. It is good to know some of the less used commands and when I have had to use someone else's set-up I know the commands, so it is good that we can still do it old-school.


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