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Tool palettes are a great tool that offers quick access to many AutoCAD tools and commands. You can expand the usability of AutoCAD tool palettes by making your own palette to store favorite blocks, dimension style, hatch patterns and even commands.

In this article, I will tell you about Making, Modifying, Exporting and importing tool palette. Let’s start with making a new tool palette.

Making tool palette:

Press CTRL+3 to open tool palettes, you will see many tabs arranged in this palette like annotation, construction and modeling. Right click on any tab from this palette and select new palette from the contextual menu which appears. Give your palette a name, for our example, I am naming it as Custom palette.

Adding Tools to Palette:

Now you are ready to add your custom objects in the tool palette. In this article, I will show you how to add dimension style and block to the palette and you can add other objects using similar methods.

Open the drawing containing required dimension style and block. Make sure you have made at least one dimensionwith the dimension style which you want to add to the palette. Click on the dimension made with your custom dimension style then drag and drop it on the tool palette.

AutoCAD Tool Palettes

A new tool will be added to the palette and name of the tool will be same as the name of dimension used. Right click on the tool select rename from the contextual menu and give your tool a new name.

Although you will see only single dimension type added to the palette but when you click on the arrow beside that dimension tool on palette all other dimension options will appear and you can select any dimension command from that palette.

In a similar way drag and drop block from your drawing to the tool palette but make sure your drawing is saved before adding blocks to the palette.

AutoCAD Tool Palettes

To remove any tool from palette right-click on it and select delete from the contextual menu. Do not delete the drawing containing the block of tool palette otherwise the block will become inaccessible.

Adding custom icon to tools on the Palette:

You can add your own custom icon to the tool to give it a personal look. For that, you need an image in jpg, png, tiff, BMP or gif format. Right click on the tool for which you want to change the icon and select Specify image option from the contextual menu.

AutoCAD Tool Palettes

A new dialog box for selecting an image will appear with columns for selecting images for the light and dark theme. Select browse and locate image which you want to use for icon and click OK to close the specify images dialog box. Repeat the process for both light and dark theme images.

I am using AutoCAD logo in PNG format for my custom block, after modification, the tool looks like this.

adding tool palette to autocad 3

Exporting and importing tool palette:

You can export this tool palette in a transferable format or you can also include this tool palette in the archive or e-transmit. For exporting this tool palette right-click in the blank area of tool palette and select customize palettes from the contextual menu. Alternatively, you can also use CUSTOMIZE command.

A new window will pop up with the list of all tool palettes listed on the left side of this window. Select your palette then right click and select export from the contextual menu.

A window will pop up where you need to specify a location for saving your tool palette or XTP file then click on save.

For importing any tool palette open customize window and right click on any tool from palettes panel of customize window and select import from the contextual menu. A new import palette window will pop up, locate your XTP file and click on open. Your new palette will be added to the list of existing palettes.

Do you have questions related to this tip? Let us know in the comments below.


Have You Tried: Customizing the AutoCAD UI


  This article and all of its content originally appears on the Autodesk Autocad blog. You can read the entire article here:  The AutoCAD user interface, or UI for short, provides access to most of the commonly used tools, but not everyone uses AutoCAD the same way. If you find yourself wanting to hide the tools you don’t use and to maximize the drawing area available to you, you’re in luck. One of the best features in AutoCAD is the ability to customize the user interface.

Customizing the AutoCAD UI

You can add, hide, and customize many of the tools found in the AutoCAD UI. Here are some of the tools you can customize:

  • Quick Access toolbar buttons and controls
  • Ribbon panels and tabs along with buttons and controls
  • Dockable palettes
  • Status bar controls
  • Drawing area elements (ViewCube, Navigation bar, and so on)

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The AutoCAD Command Line

The AutoCAD Command line is like a combined control panel and index of all AutoCAD commands you run – and have run – on your drawing. When you type a keyboard command, you're using the Command line. It's also the source of prompts that are embedded into AutoCAD commands.


In a default install of AutoCAD, the Command line is located in the bottom left corner of the CAD interface. Here's what it looks like:



On this page, we'll show you a few basic pointers on using the Command line.

Keyboard Commands

The basic function of the Command line is the ability to type keyboard commands. To type a command, place your cursor in the Command line and type that command.



For example, if you want to draw a line, begin typing the word "Line" in the Command line. As you type more letters, a menu will appear above the command line listing suggested commands that begin with those letters.



Thus, when you type "Li," you'll see the menu shown below. You can continue typing your command or select it from the menu. In this case, we can select Line.




You can also type your entire command and press Enter or the space bar to run it. 

Newer versions of AutoCAD offer a de facto Command line throughout the entire CAD interface. Simply begin typing with CAD active, and you'll see your command, along with the menu shown above, in the location of your cursor. Once you run the command, you'll see any embedded commands in the actual Command line. (See below.)

Embedded Prompts

Many AutoCAD and Land F/X commands have embedded prompts that call for additional actions on your part once you've run the command.



For example, when you run the Line command, you'll see a prompt to Specify first point.



In this case, you can either type coordinates for a starting point for your line, or simply begin drawing the line.




Pay attention to the Command line when you use any command or tool. In most cases, you'll continue to see embedded commands that you can then follow to proceed with the command.

Moving & Docking the Command Line

In your default installation, the Command line is undocked, allowing you to move it freely throughout your CAD interface. You can also choose to dock it into place, which we recommend.


Moving the Command Line


To move the Command line, grab it at the two rows of dots in the top left corner.



You can then move it wherever you see fit.




Docking & Undocking the Command Line

We recommend docking the Command line, which affixes it to the bottom or top of your CAD interface. An undocked Command line can float off screen or otherwise get lost.


To dock the Command line, grab it by the two rows of dots (as shown above), and drag it all the way to the bottom or top of your CAD interface. A docked Command line will look like this:


Command line docked at the bottom of the screen

Command line docked at the top of the screen




To undock the Command line, click the two rows of dots, or simply within the dark gray area surrounding them, as pictured to the left.

Closing and Opening the Command Line

Closing the Command Line


To close the Command line, click the X on its left end.




You'll now see the dialog box pictured to the left.



Click Yes to close the Command line.




Opening the Command Line

To open the Command line, type CommandLine anywhere in your CAD interface. Then press Enter. The Command line will reappear.


You can also open the Command line by holding down the CTRL + 9 keys.

Expanding & Shrinking the Command Line

You can control the height of the Command line by grabbing the top line and moving it up or down.




To change the height of the Command line, hover your mouse on its top border.




The cursor will turn into a set of up and down arrows. Grab the line and drag it upward to expand it and show more of your past commands. Drag it downward to shrink it and show fewer commands.




Once you expand the Command line, it will display more of your past commands.

Customizing the Command Line

To open a menu of customization options, click the wrench (Customize) icon below the X on the left end of the Command line.




A menu of several customization options will open.




Input Settings

Select Input Settings from the customization menu to open a submenu of Command line settings. 


The Input Settings menu offers the following options:

  • AutoComplete: Option to have the Command line automatically complete typed commands based on the letters you type
  • AutoCorrect: Option to allow CAD to automatically correct the spelling of typed commands
  • Search System Variables: Option to include CAD search variables in the suggested list of commands
  • Search Content: Option to display named objects (content) in the command suggestion list
  • Mid-string Search: Option to suggest commands and system variables containing the letters you type
  • Delay Time: Option to control he amount of elapsed time before the list of suggested commands appears




Place a check next to any of these options to select it. Uncheck any of these options to deselect it.



Note that some of these options are also available in the Input Search Options dialog box.



Input Search Options

Select Input Search Options from the Customization menu to open the Input Search Options dialog box.





AutoComplete Options


  • Enable AutoComplete: Check this box to have the Command line automatically complete typed commands based on the letters you type.




  • Mid-string Search: Check this box to suggest commands and system variables containing the letters you type. (Note: This option is only available when AutoComplete is selected.)




  • Sort Suggestions: Select whether to sort the suggested commands:
    • According to frequency of usage, or
    • Alphabetically




AutoCorrect Options









  • Enable AutoCorrect: Check this box to allow CAD to automatically correct the spelling of typed commands.
    • Remember corrections after ... mistypes: Type a number in the provided field to control the number of mistypes you can make before AutoCAD stoops remembering the corrected commands.







Search System Variables / Suggestion List Delay Time Options








  • Search system variables:  Check this box to include CAD search variables in the suggested list of commands.
    • Separate commands and system variables: Check this box to list commands and system variables separately.


  • Suggestion list delay time ... milliseconds: Type a number of milliseconds to control the delay time of the list of suggested commands.




Search Content Options





  • Search content at command line: Check this box to display named objects (content) in the command suggestion list.
    • Content Type: Select which types of objects (content) to include in the suggestion list:
      • Block
      • Layer
      • Hatch
      • Text Style
      • Dim Style
      • Visual Style



The Options Dialog Box


Select Options ... from the customization menu to open the CAD Options dialog box.

The Options dialog box offers a number of crucial settings for your AutoCAD installation. For information on our recommendations for configuring these settings, visit our CAD Options Settings documentation page.

Last modified on Thursday, 13 September 2018 08:48
Customizing Your Ribbon \u0026 Workspace in AutoCAD


If you decide to change the drawing units, you must indicate that the objects that already exist on your work table should be scaled or maintained in their original size. You can also specify whether the drawings you insert from the moment you change the units will also be scaled or if, on the contrary, they will keep their size.

This is one of the most common problems, because if the drawing is in an advanced state, it can cause a delay if the scale of the objects is not done correctly. Keep in mind that when you change the units, the area and volume will also change.

To make the change of units we must follow the following route:

File -> Utilities -> Drawing Setup

Select the “Units” tab and under “Drawing setup“, the one you are interested in.

To scale the drawings you insert from this point on, select the option “Scale objects inserted from other drawings”


However, there are other alternatives for changing the units of a drawing on the fly. In particular:

  • Inserting the work into a new file with the desired measurements
  • With the DWGUNITS command


One of the ways to change the units quickly is to insert the objects in a new drawing in which we have specified the units. Let’s see how:

  • create a new drawing
  • Enter the command UNITS
  • Select the units you need
  • Enter the code INSERT or CLASSICINSERT (AutoCAD 2020)
  • In “Examine” look for your previous drawing and set, by cancelling the corresponding options, that the drawing is inserted without scale or rotation in 0.0
  • Then select the “Decompose” option


Another way to change the units of your drawing is with the DWGUNITS command, which will display a sequence you must complete.

Let’s see how:

  • Enter the DWGUNITS command

The command will initiate a sequence of requests, which are:

  • Drawing units
  • Drawing unit display formats
  • Linear display format <2>:2
  • Linear display accuracy
  • Scaling of inserted objects
  • Matching UNITESINS with the units of the drawing
  • Scale current drawing objects
Cambiar unidades autocad - DWGUNITS

As you can see, despite being a recurring problem, the solutions are not complicated. Even so, it’s a good idea to always have alternatives at hand so as not to waste a lot of time and block your work by looking for ways to change units without affecting you more than it should.

We hope you found this article useful. If you remain attentive, we will be giving you some small tips and tricks to use in AutoCAD, especially those that solve the most common doubts that we all, once, have faced.



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