The well-known Viewport Controls from 3D MAX appeared in AutoCAD. Let’s see how they work here.

Viewport Controls are displayed at the top-left corner of each viewport. They provide a convenient way of changing views, visual styles, and other settings.

The labels display the current viewport settings. For example, the labels might read

[+] [Top] [2D Wireframe]

AutoCAD Architecture Viewport Controls

You can click within each of the three bracketed areas to change the settings.

  • Click [+] with your left mouse button to display options for maximizing the viewport, if screen is divided to more viewports, to change the viewport configuration, or to control 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.

You can set what kind of navigation tool (ViewCube, SteeringWheels, NavigationBar) you want to display one by one.

TIP: Doubleclicking on [-] the last divided and used view will be displayed automatically. Doubleclick on it again and the View will be maximized in which you last clicked.

VPCONTROL: Controls whether the menus for viewport tools, views, and visual styles located in the upper-left corner of every viewport are displayed or not. OFF status (or 0) hides viewport controls. ON status (or 1) displays viewport controls. You can control OFF and ON status on the Options panel, 3D Modeling tab.

AutoCAD Architecture Viewport Controls

Colors of Controls can be set on the Options panel, Display tab, Colors window. Of course, it can be set separately in all Contexts. It means if you want it will be white in 2D style, but in 3D it will be red.