Bring Back Dialog Boxes with Classic AutoCAD Commands

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Are there any commands or an interface you wish you could still access in AutoCAD? Every year a new AutoCAD product launches, and with it there are new features and commands. In AutoCAD 2009, for example, the Ribbon dramatically changed the user interface—and changed several command dialog boxes into palettes. What if you liked the dialog boxes instead of palettes?

Well, good news! You can get back to the classics with a few Classic commands.

Want your xref dialog boxes back? CLASSICXREF, introduced in AutoCAD 2008, opens the Xref Manager dialog box instead of launching the palette.

Classic AutoCAD Xref Manager dialog box

CLASSICIMAGE, introduced in AutoCAD 2008, enables you to attach images via the Image Manager dialog box instead of the xref palette.

Classic AutoCAD Image Manager dialog box

CLASSICGROUP, introduced in AutoCAD 2012, launches the Object Grouping dialog box.

Classic AutoCAD Object Grouping dialog box

Do you prefer the layer dialog box to the palette? CLASSICLAYER, introduced in AutoCAD 2009, brings back old memories.

Classic AutoCAD Layer Properties Manager dialog box

If you really like kicking it old school, set LAYERDLGMODE to 0, and your Layer command activates the dialog box instead of the palette.

Lastly, for those who miss the Array command, introduced in 2012, ARRAYCLASSIC brings back the old Array dialog box. It’s not dynamic like the new Array, but sometimes it could be exactly what you need.

Classic AutoCAD Array dialog box

There you have it: A few ways to get back to the feel and older interface of earlier AutoCAD versions. Of course, there may be less functionality in some of these dialog boxes, but like me you might not think everything is better with palettes. For instance, it seems to me that binding xrefs is more successful when I use the dialog box.

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Source: AutoDesk – AutoCAD