You of course may be very efficient but you might have observed that you are actually using some fixed sets of repetitive commands during your job. Using customized menu will not only increase your operational efficiency but also could increase your accuracy. Though it is possible to customize the toolbox, buttons, icons and anything else, we will limit our discussion with customization of the pull down menu.
If you sometimes feel that your AutoCAD menu bar is over crowded with the number of menus or you want your menus to appear in a different order, then your task is very simple. Just go to tools>customize menus, you will see the menu customization dialogue box is opened, go to the menu bar. The lists of menus are displayed there; you can include, remove or change the order of the menu items from there.
Basics of AutoCAD Customize Menu
When you want to bo beyond just beyond the changing order of the menu or adding/removing some options, you have to create a new menu.
There are several types of menu file used by AutoCAD with the following extensions:
Please don’t get scared with the list, we are not going to discuss all of them. We are just discussing .mns and .mnl as of now. .mns is the source menu file, autocad by default uses acad.mns for its default menu. You may see the acad.mns at \program files\autocad\support or wherever you have installed AutoCAD in your machine. Open the file using notepad. You will be able to see the different sections of the file like below:
***MENUGROUP: you will define the name of your customize menu group, in acad.mns file it is ACAD.
***BUTTONSn: It controls the menus of your mouse.
***AUXn: It controls the menus of the system pointing device.
*** POPn: This is what we are most interested in. This will control the appearance of your pull down menus. If you want to add some more pull down menus, then you have to create additional POP sections or else you can add some more options of one of the existing section, by adding additional codes.
***TOOLBARS: This section controls the appearance of toolbars
***IMAGE: This section controls the image tile menu area.
***SCREEN: This section controls screen menu area.
***TABLETn: This section controls tablet menu area.
***HELPSTRINGS : This section controls the help string that will be displayed when a cursor runs over any toolbar or highlights any menu.
***ACCELERATORS: This section controls the accelerator keys.
Our discussion will be centralized around the ***POPn section of .mns file for customizing pull down menus.