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    By Martin Phelps 

    New users from time to time, may experience accidental changes to the “Ribbon” menu.

    By default AutoCAD’s “Ribbon” is displayed, as in Figure 1.

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    Figure 1.

    The “Ribbon” format can be changed, to suit the user and working requirements. To change the ribbon menu appearance, select either the “Drop Down Arrow”, to select the “Ribbon” format as shown in Figure 2.

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    Figure 2.

    Alternatively select the “Arrow” icon to cycle through the available options.

    Beside the default, there are three other options.

    Option 1 “Minimise to Panel Buttons”, to access the commands hover over the large icon as shown in Figure 3.

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    Figure 3.

    Option 2 “Minimise to Panel Titles” reduces the size of “Ribbon”, again to access to the commands hover over the relevant “Panel Title” as shown in Figure 4.

    26.PNG Figure 4.

    Option 3 “Minimise to Tabs” collapses the “Ribbon” even further, but this time to access the commands ,it’s a left click on the relevant “Tab”, this will display the entire tab, as in Figure 5.

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    To return to the original setup select the “Drop Down Arrow” one more time.

    The Ribbon can also be “Undocked” and placed to the left or right sides of the screen, as shown in Figure 6. Again using the options described above.

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    Figure 6.

    Once the changes have been made, the new settings can be saved as a “Work Space”.

    If the “Ribbon” has completely disappeared, type in “Ribbon” to restore, if the “Ribbon” is not required type in “Ribbonclose”.

    To toggle “Menu’s and Dialogue Boxes” on and off, press CRTL+0, this is a bit extreme but it does provide maximum screen area for the drawing.