ToolPallets*

Methods for Creating Tool Palettes
Methods for Adding Tools to Tool Palettes
Customize Tool Palettes
Using Design Center to create a Tool palette

Methods for Creating Tool Palettes

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  • Use the tool palette shortcut menu to create a new, empty palette.
  • Use a DesignCenter shortcut menu to create a tool palette tab with predetermined content.


Methods for Adding Tools to Tool Palettes

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You can add tools to a new or existing tool palette using several methods.
  • Drag tools from your drawing. Tools include geometric objects, dimensions, fills, blocks, xrefs, raster images, and tables. You can also add lights, cameras, visual styles, and 
  • materials (not available in AutoCAD LT).
  • Drag drawings, blocks, and hatches from DesignCenter. Drawings that are added to a tool palette are inserted as blocks when dragged into the drawing.
  • Drag toolbar buttons from the Customize dialog box.
  • Drag commands from the Command List pane on the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor.
  • Paste tools from one tool palette to another.

Customize Tool Palettes

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Create a new Tool pallet category
Create Tool pallet in category
Drag and drop tool pallets in AutoCAD
Drag and drop functions on tool pallet
Create new tsl in tool pallet

Once you've created a palette, modify it to suit your needs:
  • Rearrange the tools by dragging or sorting them.
  • Add text and separator lines.
  • Move a tool palette tab up and down the list of tabs by using the shortcut menu or Customize dialog box.
  • Delete tool palettes that you no longer need. (Tool palettes that are deleted are lost unless they are first saved by exporting them to a file.)
  • Set the path to your tool palettes on the Files tab in the Options dialog box. This path can be to a shared network location.
  • Associate a customizable tool palette group with each panel on the ribbon.
  • Change the palette's read-only status in the PALETTES folder. If a tool palette is set to be read-only, a lock icon is displayed in a lower corner of the tool palette. This indicates that you cannot modify the tool palette beyond changing its display settings and rearranging the icons.

Create a new Tool pallet category

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  • Start the Content Browser.

  • Right click on blank area
  • Select Add Catalog




You need to browse before typing the name otherwise it doesn‘t creating a directory.
A Catalog has been created.
Double click on the catalog and the following dialog will appear



  • Create category, this will give you the possibility to drag and drop multiple tool pallets in your drawing at once.
  • Give the category a name.



Create Tool pallet in category

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  • Go into your category




Type information like name etc

Drag and drop tool pallets in AutoCAD

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  • Drag and drop with the “I”, hold left mouse and drop on bar from tool pallet in AutoCAD. This will create an extra group.

Drag and drop functions on tool pallet

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When you right click on the tool pallet and select properties, you able of turning on or of the refresh function. If you want to edit the tool pallet you need to turn “Refresh from” of.
For putting hsb or AutoCAD functions on the tool pallet, you need to type “cui”. This will open the Customize User Interface



You can drag and drop functions on the tool pallet
To put a new tool pallet to your “Content Browser”, drag and drop the pallet in the “Content Browser”

Create new tsl in tool pallet

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To put new functions on a existing pallet in the “Content Browser”, drag and drop the function on the pallet in the “Content Browser”
To put a tsl on a tool pallet you need to use the macro search in the existing pallets.


  • Select the Command Tool with Properties

  • Copy and paste Command Tool with Properties to your tool pallet in the Content Browser
  • Turn on Refresh from in your tool pallet in AutoCAD. The new tool will appear.

  • Turn off Refresh from in your tool pallet in autoCAD to be able to change the settings
  • Right click on new tool and select properties


In the command string you need to fill in the lisp line explained.

Fill in the information required:
The lisp command "Hsb_ScriptInsert" can be used to customize a toolbar. When executing the autocad command.

(Hsb_ScriptInsert "aa" 0 "key")
(Hsb_ScriptInsert "aa" )
(Hsb_ScriptInsert "aa" "key")
(Hsb_ScriptInsert "aa" 0)

an instance of the TSL named "aa" is added with the option 0. The option 0 means multiple instances can be inserted. If the option is 1, only one instance will be inserted at a time.
The 0/1 is optional.

The second string value in the argument list is recognized and will be send to the script as _kExecuteKey. The "key" is optional.

If the script named "aa" does not exist at that time, an attempt is made to load the script from the file system. If the complete file path was specified as argument, that file will be loaded.
If not found, the install folders of hsbcad are searched. Then the Company/Tsl folder is searched, including its sub folders.

The general settings are not used for tsl insertion.
To change the picture, you need to right click and select change picture.
Now you can browse to the correct picture.
This picture is copied to the toolpallet map and changed to a png file.
To get the new function in the existing pallet in the “Content Browser”, drag and drop from the tool pallet in AutoCAD to the tool pallet pallet in the “Content Browser”.
This will also copy the picture.


Using Design Center to create a Tool palette

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  • Open the design center from your Ribbon. Insert\Content Browser
Locate the drawing you are in, in the Tree View and right click on the drawing name.
From the shortcut menu Create Tool Palette.
This action should have automatically created a new Tool palette named after your drawing and populated it with all the blocks contained in the drawing.


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