RIBBONCONTEXTSELECT is just what I was looking for. I'm coming from C3D 2009 and I am digging the ribbon. Just need to get it to behave like I want. Thank you.
Look into the acaddoc.lsp file in help.
If you put "Tilemode 1" in your acaddoc.lsp file, every time you open a drawing or create a new drawing, civil 3d will switch to moelspace.
I understand wanting to see the layer control almost all the time. So, I did it by just turning on the old toolbars for layouts and properties. I place them right below the ribbon so they are always on. This means it doesn't matter what ribbon tab is "on", I'll always have access to the layers and other properties. The old layers toolbar also runs faster than the .NET ribbon one.
I never understood the ribbon idea much. It works for MS Office, but for CAD I never saw the need. I use it of course, since Autodesk has forced us to, but the old toolbars are much better at some things than the ribbon.
I, too, would love it if this tab didn't become active every time I switched to Paper Space. I don't want to delete the tab as I do in fact use it on occassion, just not more than about 1% of the time. (I use Paper Speace for many types of editing, not just views.) I'd prefer not to merge it, either, as this condenses so many of the other ribbons' menu items. The RIBBONCONTEXTSELECT variable seemed like a good choice, however whether set to 0 or 1, I can see no difference in how the ribbons operate.
Perhaps this is better for the "Wish "List" discussion, but it would be nice IMHO that when adding these "new and improved" features, that Autodesk would allow for more control options. ...Or maybe I'm just missing something really obvious, which I hope is the case?!
I like the direction Andrew is going. I have a suggested alternative. If you want the Home tab to display and the (Contextual Tab States) Layout Tools is the overriding behavior for the ribbon, would it satisfy your need to simply drag the Home tab into the Layout Tools and set the Contextual Display setting to Full? Then change the pre-existing Contextual Layout's setting to Merged. The Home tab takes on Full display while the Contextual Layout becomes an appended item on the ribbon. From then on you have the choice of toggling on/off the Layout Tools panel by right clicking on the ribbon.
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