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    By Dave Johnson 



    There are many ways to improve the efficiency of your Autodesk Civil 3D workflows, one of the best is by creating a library of your most commonly used items. These items may include text styles, dimensions styles, hatch patterns or blocks.

    One of the best ways to create a library is by using custom tool palettes. In this blog I will show you a few ways to create your own.


    To open your tool palettes, select the icon from your home ribbon in Autodesk Civil 3D or to use your keyboard, hold CTRL and 3 if you are using standard AutoCAD. Once opened we can create our own palettes.

    Right-click on any of the existing palette tabs and select ‘New palette’, give it a name and press Enter.

    With the new Palette open, we can drag and drop items from your open drawing’s model space into the palette.

    Please note that the drawing must be saved first.


    Once you have the items in place on the palette you can select several options from the right-click menu to organise the layout. These include adding headers, for example titles like Kitchen Items or Reception Room and separators between each of the items. This becomes useful if you want to split text, dimensions, hatch patterns and blocks.

    Another way to create your tool palette is to access your drawing file from design centre.

    I strongly advise NOT to make a tool palette by selecting the entire drawing file. This will result in all objects, layers, settings, command etc being pushed to a tool palette, which often results in slow performance. Instead choose the individual elements from this list.


    Although utilising this feature will automate the process of creating a tool palette, you still need to create your headers and separators, as described above. Once a Tool Palette has been created, it can shared with other users to create a company standard. Please note that the original drawing file location should be saved on a drive or directory that all users have access to.

    To share the Tool Palette, right-click with the Tool Palette in open space then select ‘Customise Palettes’.

    Right-click on your new Tool Palette name, select Export and save the file in a shared location.

    To import a Tool Palette, select the Import option instead.