Subject: Setting properties of menu items

You can specify properties for each item on a menu, including the name as it appears on the menu, its , and more.

To customize the properties of menu items

   1   Do one of the following to choose Customize UI ():

   On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize UI (in Manage).

   On the menu, choose Tools > Customize UI.

   Type cui and then press Enter.

   2   Click the Customize tab.

   3   In the Current Customization area, select either a workspace or a customization file (for example, ICAD), then expand Menus in the list.

   4   Expand a menu name to show the menu sub-items and commands that display on each menu, then select a menu item.

The properties available for customization vary according to the menu item you select.
The Properties area of the Customize User Interface dialog box displays only those properties that are appropriate for the menu item you select. For example, settings are available for commands, not menu names.

   5   In Name, enter the name that you want to display in the user interface.

You can specify an access key by including an ampersand (&) immediately pre­ceding the letter you want to use as the access key. Be sure not to assign the same access key to more than one menu or command within a menu. For example, if you add a command named Quick Line to the Insert menu, including an amper­sand immediately preceding the letter Q causes that letter to appear underlined in the menu. You can then select that command by displaying the menu and pressing the Alt+Q keys.

   6   In Command Name, enter the name of the command to carry out when the menu item is selected in the user interface.

Command Name may contain a macro (one or more commands and their options), such as:


For details about special characters used in macros, see Using macros in .cui files.

   7   In Description, type a one-sentence description of the item. The string appears on the status line for menu items.

   8   In Visibility, click [...] to make your selections for the menu item:

   Experience Level Select the user levels when the item will be visible: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. Items appear only at the experience level you specify. For example, if you choose Advanced, the item does not appear if the user selects the Beginner or Intermediate level using the Tools > Options command; but if you select Intermediate without also selecting Advanced, the item will appear only when you set the experience level to Intermediate. Selecting all three options sets the item to appear at all user levels.

   MDI Window Select the number of drawing windows that must be open for this  item to appear. If you want the item to appear only when at least one window is open, select At Least One Open. If you want the item to appear when no windows are open, select No Windows Open. Checking both options means that the item always appears.

   ActiveX In-Place Activation Select the type of ActiveX editing with which the  item is to appear. If you want the item to appear during embedded server editing, select Server, Embedded. If you want the item to appear during in-place server editing, select Server, In-place. If you want the ribbon item to appear during container editing, select Container.

   Document Type Select whether the item displays when different types of documents (or drawings) are open.

   Make Item Hidden Mark to hide the item in the user interface. The next time you open the Customize User Interface dialog box, this item is marked with a red circle.

   9   In Entities Context, click [...] to define whether the menu item displays in an entity’s context menu. Choose from the following:

   Customize the context menu on a per-entity basis by selecting or deselecting entities. Checking the box next to an entity causes the selected menu item to appear on the context menu for that particular entity.

   If you do not want the menu item to appear in the context menu when only one entity is selected, select Exclude if Single Entity is Selected.

   If you do not want the menu item to appear in the context menu when more than one entity is selected, select Exclude if Multiple Entities are Selected.

   10   If of the menu item can be controlled by a system variable, specify any of the fol­lowing:

   Grayed-State Variable Enter the system variable name and value that controls whether this command displays in the user interface as grayed out. When the specified system variable is off, the button is grayed-out or appears off. For example, the Zoom In command’s grayed state variable is VIEWMODE = 1 (perspective view = on).

   Checked-State Variable Enter the system variable name and value that controls whether this command displays in the user interface as pressed in. When the specified system variable is on, the command’s button appears pressed in. For example, the Set Center Snap command’s pressed state variable is OSMODE = 4 (center snap = on).

   Hidden-State Variable Enter the system variable name that controls whether this command is hidden in the user interface. When the specified system variable is on, the item is hidden. For example, some commands that require an additional license have a hidden-state variable.

Enter the system variable name, an ampersand, then the value, with no spaces. For example: "OSMODE&4".

   11   When you have finished, click OK.

You can reset the user interface to be the same as when the program was first installed.
Use the Options command, click the Profiles tab, then click Reset.

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