Create a Profile!

You know those people in your office who get angry when I.T. comes around every year or three and wants to update their version of AutoCAD? First of all… DON’T BE ONE OF THEM! You’re getting a tool that could greatly increase your productivity and could potentially make life easier. See it as an opportunity to learn something new, not a hindrance to your daily productivity. Learn and try new things with your career path; Don’t ever remain stagnant.

Now to my point. One of the reasons the old geezers (or younglings with old brains) get angry about updates is because this means they will lose all of their buttons, toolbars, toolbar layouts, palates and AutoCAD system settings. As the title of this post indicates, there is an easy way to subvert this loss. Create a profile. So, shall we?

  1. Open a new drawing or a current one that you’re working on. It doesn’t really matter. A file must be open to create a profile.
  2. Make sure all of your toolbars are where you want them so that you feel safe and cozy in your AutoCAD environment.
  3. Do one of the following: Right Click and go to “Options”, Click “Tools” then “Options” from the drop downs next to File, Edit & View, or type the word “OPTIONS” into the command line. By your choice here, you can tell how many years CAD has been in your blood.
  4. From the options window, click the tab named “Profiles” at the right.
  5. Click the “Export” button on the right to name and save your new profile wherever you like.
  6. From here you can click “Apply” and “OK” at the bottom of the window.

Now anytime those pesky I.T. guys come and update your system in any way that wipes out your AutoCAD, simply follow the same procedure outlined above and click “Import” instead of “Export” and browse to your safe space where you decided to cage up your profile. Set current when you’re finished and you’re back to normal!


Anger clouds the mind.

…. and your AutoCAD drawings.

Enjoy the day.


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