When you create, or edit, your toolbars for
AutoCAD the changes, or new toolbars, are written into your ACAD.MNS
file (assuming your menu file is ACAD.MNU). As soon as you recompile
your ACAD.MNU, AutoCAD will write over these changes when it creates
a new MNC, MNR and MNS file for the associated ACAD.MNU. To preserve your new, or customized, toolbars follow these easy steps:
- Using any text editor (Notepad or Write will work) open up the
ACAD.MNS, or whatever menu's associated MNS file you are
- Use the SEARCH or FIND utility to go to the TOOLBARS section of
the ACAD.MNS. The Toolbars section starts with the following
- Go to the toolbar(s) which you've either added or customized,
highlight it, then copy it to your clipboard. Usually any *new*
toolbars created will be at the end of the TOOLBARS section. For
example, if you've created a new toolbar named, MOSTUSED,
then go to the TOOLBARS section and search for MOSTUSED and
copy this portion to the clipboard.
- Open up the ACAD.MNU file in your text editor.
- Find the TOOLBARS section of the ACAD.MNU file using the
SEARCH/FIND utility. The TOOLBARS section starts with the
// Begin AutoCAD ToolBars
- Now PASTE the contents of the clipboard into the TOOLBARS
section of the ACAD.MNU. By putting your customized, or new,
toolbars in the ACAD.MNU you will preserve them forever, even
when you recompile the ACAD.MNU.
- If you've editted, or changed, the HELPSTRINGS section you will
need to cut and paste these changes from the HELPSTRINGS
section of the ACAD.MNS to the HELPSTRINGS section of the
- Now that you've successfully cut and paste your customized
toolbars into the ACAD.MNU save the file, and exit.
- Whenever you need to recompile the ACAD.MNU now in AutoCAD,
the changes you've made will carry along without being overwritten