Brighten up AutoCAD with a Lighter Color Scheme

Brighten up AutoCAD with a Lighter Color Scheme

Customization has long been among AutoCAD’s core strengths. Even as changes are made to the program it’s typically always possible to tailor the interface to your liking. One recent change that some users love, and others could do without is the graphite interface. Those who enjoy the graphite interface cite the reduced eye strain, whereas others seem to prefer the contrast of the former (lighter) interface.

Whilst I don’t have a strong preference either way, I have found the light interface to work a little better for me when presenting to an audience with a projector. Given the number of presentations I do for my job at CADD Microsystems, it likely goes without saying I typically change the AutoCAD interface to its former – lighter interface. Watch the video above to learn how to make this change on your own system.

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Reset CUI verses Restore CUI – What’s the difference?

imageOne of the greatest features of AutoCAD is how much you can tailor it to meet your individual needs. To me, what’s even better than the ability to customize your workspace, is the fact Autodesk makes it incredibly easy to get things back to the way they were if you happen to over customize your AutoCAD environment. The CUI (Customize User Interface) command is both your ticket to customization bliss, and also your interface defibrillator for when things get ugly.

For the purpose of this post we’ll assume you’ve over customized your AutoCAD workspace, and want to get things back to the way they used to be. Once again, our tool of choice will be the CUI command. There’s a couple ways you can get to the CUI command.

  • Command Line: Enter CUI at the command line.
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  • Status Bar: Click on the “Workspace” button, and then select “Customize”
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Both methods will take you to the Customize User Interface dialog. Those familiar with the CUI command know the dialog is split into two parts; left and right. In this post we’re going to focus on the top-left part of the dialog which has the heading Customizations in All Files.

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