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Customize - Menus Tab

Use this tab to create or modify menu items.

To add an item to the menu

Click the Menus tab, and then specify where you want to add the item by selecting an existing item from the menu tree on the left side of the dialog box. Your new menu item will appear above this selection. Choose an item to create using the Insert command, and then type a name for the new menu item. Select an available command from the list on the right, and then choose Add Command.


Menu Tree The Menu Tree has an interface similar to the Windows Explorer interface. It displays the names of items on the menu bar, with a plus sign (+) next to each name. Click the plus sign to expand the tree to show the menu sub-items.

A green bullet in front of a menu item or command indicates that the menu item or command is available for you to use at the current experience level. A red bullet in front of a menu item or command indicates that the menu item or command is not available for you to use at the current experience level. To change your experience level, choose Tools > Options.

Insert In the Menu Tree, click the name of an item where you want to add a menu item. The program adds an item above your selection. Select the type of menu item you want to insert: Menu Item (a command), Menu Sub-Item (a sub-menu), Spacer (a line between menu items), Context Menu Item (the menu that appears when you right-click the mouse), or Context Menu Sub-Item (a sub-menu on the context menu). Type the name of the Menu Item or Sub-Item.

Available Command This list box displays the names of all commands and options in the program. Select a command, and then click Add Command.

Add Command Adds the command to the Command text box.

Options To change the options associated with the menu item, click Options. The Menu Customization Options dialog box is displayed.

Command Contains the command carried out when the menu item is selected. May contain a macro (one or more commands and their options).

Help String Type a one-sentence description of the menu item. The help string appears on the status line.

To rename a menu item

Select a menu item from the Menu Tree list. Click Rename. Type a new name for the menu item.

To delete a menu item

Select a menu item from the Menu Tree list. Click the Delete button. The program prompts whether you are sure you want to remove the item. To remove it, choose Yes. To keep it, choose No.

To specify options for menu customization

Select a command and then click Options. Select and modify the list of options, and then click OK to continue.


User Level Select the user levels you want for this menu item: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. For example, if you check Advanced , this menu item does not appear if the user selects Beginner or Intermediate. Checking all three options sets the menu item to appear at all user levels. You can also set user levels with the Tools > Options command.

MDI Window Select the number of drawing windows that must be open for this menu item to appear. If you want the menu item to appear only when at least one window is open, check At Least One Open. If you want the menu item to appear when no windows are open, check No Windows Open. Checking both options means that the menu item always appears.

ActiveX In-Place Activation Select the type of ActiveX editing with which the menu item is to appear. If you want the menu item to appear during embedded server editing, check Server, Embedded. If you want the menu item to appear during in-place server editing, check Server, In-place. If you want the menu item to appear during container editing, check Container.

Context Menu Entity Availability The context menu is displayed when you select an entity and then right-click. You can customize the context menu on a per-entity basis by selecting or deselecting entities. Checking the box next to an entity causes the selected command to appear on the context menu for that particular entity.

To select all entities, check the All Entities check box.

Exclude from Multiple Entity Selection If you do not want the menu item to appear in the context menu when more than one entity is selected, click this check box.

Context Menu Exclusive If you want the menu item to appear only in the context menu, click this check box.

Checked-State Variable This feature is useful for toggle commands, such as FILLMODE = 1 (on).

Grayed-State Variable This feature is useful for a command that is unavailable at certain times. In that case, the menu item is dimmed.

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