Where did the Coordinate readout in the AutoCAD status bar go? Customize Menu

Where did the Coordinate readout in the AutoCAD status bar go?

Whenever you first learned AutoCAD, there's a good chance at least some portion of the class/book included a discussion about the Cartesian coordinate system used throughout AutoCAD. I'll spare you the details, but to summarize coordinates help us identify the precise location of objects in our drawings. While I would argue coordinates are important for any design discipline, there is perhaps no discipline where coordinates are more critical than civil engineering. Since the x- and y-coordinates represent the precise Easting and Northing location on a project site, knowing where you are on a project site is a critical bit of information.

AutoCAD 2012 Coordinate

Ever since I started using AutoCAD with release 12 for MS-DOS, the coordinate readout has been in the lower-left corner of the Status Bar. In an attempt to save screen real estate, AutoCAD 2015 combined the Layout tab interface with the Status Bar interface. I'm not quite sure why, but the default composition of the interface omits the coordinate readout from the Status Bar.

AutoCAD 2015 Status Bar


While I cannot answer the question of why this was omitted from the default interface, I can answer the question of how to add it (back) to the interface. The secret is to click the Customize button (three horizontal lines) located on the far-right side of the Status Bar. Choosing that button will open a menu where you can select Coordinates.

Customize Menu

Adding the coordinate readout is as simple as that. As soon as you choose Coordinates from the Customize menu, the coordinate readout is added to the far-right side of the Status bar.

Coordinate readout

Display Drawing Mode Icons as Text


Despite my best efforts I never had the chance to blog nearly as much as I wanted from Autodesk University 2009.  Suffice to say, with 4 on-camera interviews, 3 classes to present, 1 lab to assist, and a partridge in a pear tree, it was a busy week. Ok, so maybe I made up the partridge in a pear tree part, but with such a busy schedule, what blogging I did get done was late at night from my BlackBerry. I will however try to put together an AU wrap-up post for everyone to read shortly.

If you follow my twitter feed, you’ve heard the news about my latest project – a book.  That’s right, sometime around June 2010 you’ll be able to pick up AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required, authored by yours truly.  If you’re interested in picking it up, and I hope you are, jump over to Amazon and have them notify you when the book becomes available.

It’s just my luck that I had a chapter due the Monday after returning from AU.  Since I had so much “free time” while at AU, the landing of my flight was quickly succeeded by me landing in front of my computer to get the chapter done. As the chapter started to come together, I did come across a nifty tip I thought was worth sharing here on my blog.

By default, the Drawing Modes (OSNAP, Snap, Grid, etc) located on the AutoCAD status bar are represented by a series of icons.  Several releases ago these same drawing modes were represented by text, and I’ve worked with many who haven’t quite figured out the icons since the switch.  If this describes your relationship with the Drawing Mode icons on the Status Bar, use this tip to change them back to text.

Right-click on any of the Drawing Mode Icons, and select “Use Icons”


When you do that, AutoCAD will update the Status Bar, and display your Drawing Modes as text.