Creating a Toolbar Button in AutoCAD 2000

AutoCAD commands are organized into categories in the Customize Toolbars dialog box. You can select a category to display a set of icons that represent a group of commands. AutoCAD also provides blank icons that you can assign to any command or macro.

Most commands begin with ^C^C to cancel a command that may be running and display the Command prompt. An underscore (_) enables commands to work on international versions of AutoCAD. An apostrophe (‘) enables the command to work in conjunction with another command. If you associate a series of commands with a button, separate them with semicolons or spaces. You create button macros the same way you create menu macros.

To create a button

  1. From the View menu, choose Toolbars.
  2. Right-click any button on an existing toolbar to display the Button Properties dialog box.
  3. Enter a new name for the button.
  4. In Help, enter the explanatory text you want displayed on the status line.
  5. To associate a command with the button, enter the command under Macro.
  6. Under Button Icon, select an icon for the button.
  7. To modify the button icon, choose Edit.
  8. After making any changes to the icon, choose Save or Save As, or choose Close to close the Button Editor dialog box.
  9. To apply the new button and properties to the toolbar, choose Apply in the Button Properties dialog box. Then choose Close to close the Toolbars dialog box. To add the newly created button to a toolbar, see “Modifying Toolbars.”


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