AutoCAD: Restoring the classic interface

AutoCAD: Restoring the classic interface

With the newer releases of AutoCAD (2015 onwards), users have noticed the removal of the “AutoCAD Classic” Workspace. This blog guides you through how to restore a “Classic” style workspace.

The “Classic Interface” with toolbars can be manually enabled by the doing the following steps:

  • Save your current workspace as, and give this a name (“Classic” for example). This will ensure you can always revert to the standard, if anything happens.
  • Make sure you set the Workspace Settings to save changes.
  • Next navigate to the “Show Menu Bar”.
  • In the command line type RIBBONCLOSE.
  • Finally turn on the toolbars. This can be done from the Menu Bar.
  • The default ticked items from the 2014 Classic Workspace are.

1. Draw  2. Draw Order  3. Layers  4. Modify  5. Properties  6. Standard  7. Styles

These are some further steps that you may want to change, to get the feel of the older versions of AutoCAD:

  • To turn off the newer lasso selection in the command line, set the PICKAUTO system variable to 3.
  • Turn off the high quality geometry, set HQGEOM system variable to 0.
  • And then set LINESMOOTHING system variable to 0.


For more information on any of what we outlined above or to run a trial version of AutoCAD, click HERE


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