hi. i am having an issue with my workspace, and it is probably a setting i can't find to correct. here is what happens:
i mainly use keyboard shortcuts, a few toolbars and a custom toolbar that i created with a handful of commands i use often. all other toolbars i close as to maximize my workable screen. the IT dept. here at work tweaked a few things when loading autocad onto my machine last week. the next time i started autocad, i noticed that all of my toolbars were gone and my screen looked like just a standard start up screen. i added back the few toolbars that i use and my custom toolbar, placed them where i usually keep them, as that is what i am used to after so many years of using autocad. at the end of the day i closed down, thinking everything would be in its proper location the next morning. but the next morning i started autocad and everything had reset back to the original screen. it does this every morning and i have to manually reload the toolbars and place them.
i have been reading about this and it seems to be a workspace issue. i have never had to create a custom workspace and i'm not sure how to with this 2011 version. i just want to be able to load up autocad each day with my toolbars in their right locations and not have to create the workspace every day.
i also noticed that the selection rectangles (while dragging the mouse to the left and right) also get reset to their original standard dark green and dark blue colors. i like to keep them both black, like my screen background. so i have to go back to the options / selection menu to change these settings every day also.
any thoughts on an easy fix for these issues?
it's not the end of the world, just an inconvenience, that i'm sure there is an easy solution to, somewhere.
can you verify the following three states when your workspace get lost (after you prepared and saved it):
a) when restarting AutoCAD?
b) when logging of your Windows-account and logon and start AutoCAD
c) when shutting down your workstation and restarting it
If a) I think you have not enough user-rights to save some data to registry and your user-directory. Try to get admin-rights for a few trial-logins and disable UAC.
if b) or c) I think you have Windows-profiles saved on the server. And they are not synced back correctly when you logout of your account or they are not loaded correctly from server when you login. That's the job of your admins then.
Good luck, - alfred -
my settings get lost every time i start autocad. or switch between any of the other preset workspace options that don't work either. i tried to make a custom workspace but when i loaded it, there seemed to be a lot of information missing in the ribbon band and other toolbars, so i'm guessing i didn't create it right. and my toolbars still were not saved as i like.
another thing i notice each time i start autocad is that the osnap gets set back to the default. i customize this menu also so that only the few snaps i use most often are highlighted. so there is definitely some sort of override that sets back to defaults every time i start autocad. settings are not saved.
i'll try to speak with the IT dept. to see if they can reset my autocad to what it was before they tweaked it the other day. it worked fine then, of course... if they can't, i'll have to keep exploring for other options on how to fix this.
>> so i'm guessing i didn't create it right. and my toolbars still were not saved as i like.
After the last change you do start command _WORKSPACE and save your workspace by giving it a name. It's nothing more you have to do. As long as you don't load another menu this name should then exist in the list of workspaces.
If registry-saved sysvars are not stored then you have either errors or not enough rights to save something to the registry.
Let the admins give you more rights, deactivate UAC and check it then.
If that does not help, go to command _OPTIONS, tab for the profiles, export the profile you are currently using and import it back with another name. Try then changing some sysvars (registry-saved ones) again and look if that works now.
Good luck, - alfred -
wow that worked!
i set up a new workspace as you recommened. as a test i exited autocad and restarted. at first the standard screen came up. i then went and set my custom workspace as 'current' and it changed over to my custom settings. nice.
now another item i noticed is that i can't edit my custom toolbar or have the option to create a new one. in the CUI dialogue box, under the 'all customization files' there is no longer the 'custom.cui' option, which let me create my toolbar. would this be a setting that the IT dept. changed and possible deleted or blocked on my machine? if so, maybe i can have them change it back.
at least i've got my workspace working the right way...
search for a file called custom.cuix in your user-directory (for your current AutoCAD-version if you have more than 2011 installed). Then start command _MENULOAD, if there is no custom.cuiy loaded then you can add it within this dialog.
- alfred -
aah, that is also working now. finally getting this workspace to work how i like it to...
my next issue is that every time i start autocad, it still reverts back to the default colors for the selection boxes. i like to keep these black to match the screen background. i can manually edit these colors in the 'color' tab in the options menu, but for some reason they never stay black when i start autocad each morning.
any thoughts on this?
try to start AutoCAD by right-clicking the icon ==> "start as administrator" and try then to make the changes again.
If the new start (also as admin) has the right colors now, then go to your administrator and tell him, that you have not enough rights for AutoCAD to write into the registry.
HTH, - alfred -
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