With this article, I’m about to start a series of AutoCAD Article video tutorials. All tutorials will be accessible here on the blog and also on YouTube. This article on How to Set The User Interface is the first part of that series.

At the bottom of this tutorial you can find a video screencast showing you how to set up user interface in AuytoCAD Architecture.

In this article I show you the most important elements of the AutoCAD Architecture User Interface. It is important to understand as these settings will be used throughout this series.

Set Up AutoCAD Architecture User Interface

The Ribbon is overhead and consists of panels. Just below it you can find the File Tabs which is a new feature in AutoCAD Architecture 2014. Below this the Drawing Window is displayed and at the bottom of the Drawing Window you can find the Drawing Window Status Bar, and lastly at the very bottom of the application the Application Status Bar is shown.

We are going to use the Tool Palettes a lot in this tutorial series. If it is hidden, you can switch it on by clicking CTRL+3.

We are also going to use the Properties Palette very often, turn it on by clicking CTRL+1.

If any palette is in hidden mode, take the cursor to the title bar and with a right-click turn off the Auto Hide option. The other option is for doing it if you click on the Auto Hide icon below the Close button.

If any palette is in “floating” mode, right-click on the title bar of the palettes and check the drop-up menu if there is a check mark next to the „Allow Docking” menu item, as you can see on the next screenshot. If there is no checkmark, click on the menu item, and then grab the title bar by left-clicking to try to dock the palette on the left or right side of the screen.

  • Press Ctrl+1 several times to check or to practice how to hide and display the Properties palette.
  • Repeat pressing Ctrl+3 to hide or display the Tool Palettes.

AutoCAD Architecture User Interface Allow Docking

View Cube, Navigation Bar and Viewport Controls

Sometimes during your work the visual style and the view of your drawing will be alternated. Three tools will be used.

  1. One of these can be found in the upper left corner of the drawing area, called Viewport Controls, and consists of three labels.
  2. AutoCAD Architecture User Interface 2D Wireframe
    AutoCAD Architecture User Interface Viewport Controls

    • Click – (minus) to display options, changing the viewport configuration, or controlling the display of navigation tools.
    • Click TOP to choose between several standard and custom views.
    • Click 2D Wireframe to choose one of several visual styles. Most of the other visual styles are used for 3D visualization.
  3. The second tool is the View Cube situated in the upper right corner of the drawing area. The View Cube is a 3D navigational tool and it becomes visible when the 3D graphics system is enabled. This allows you to switch between standard and isometric views. If it’s not shown use Ribbon menu View tab » Windows panel » User Interface » View Cube for it to be shown again.
  4. The third tool is the Navigation Bar, situated under the View Cube. From here other navigation tools can be reached, like the Pan, the Zoom tools and the Orbit tools. If you don’t see it, enable it as described above for the View Cube.
  5. The AutoCAD Architecture video tutorial series

    I hope you enjoyed this firs part in my AutoCAD Architecture video tutorials series. In the next article I’ll suggest some easy settings for your fluent work. If you liked this tutorial make sure you subscribe for more in the upper right corner (where you can also download the first chapters of my AutoCAD Architecture eBook free) and also subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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