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by Rich Sanchez, July 30, 2018

11 Simple Steps to AutoCAD Classic Workspace in AutoCAD

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Everyone knows and loves the AutoCAD Classic Workspace, for most of us its how we learned, it’s familiar and comforting. All of the tools that I need are right where I expect them to be, until of course Autodesk decides that I love the ribbon and no longer need my classic toolbars. This is exaclty what happened starting with the 2015 release, the AutoCAD Classic Workspace option was removed from the program.

But what if I don’t love the ribbon? How can I get my AutoCAD Classic Workspace back? This is one of the most common questions I get and the good news is that we can fairly quickly and easily bring back the interface that you’re used to.

By default, your screen should look something like this:


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How to restore AutoCAD classic workspace

  1. Let’s start by adding Workspace back to the Quick Access Toolbar. Click the dropdown arrow to display the menu, then click on Workspace
  2. ketiv-ava-atudocad-classic-workspaceNow that we can see which Workspaces are available and more importantly what missing, click the dropdown arrow on the Workspace Menu, then click on the Save Current As button
  3. ketiv-ava-atudocad-classic-workspaceIn the new dialog box go ahead and name your new Workspace and then click Save
  4. ketiv-ava-atudocad-classic-workspaceNow let’s expand the Workspace Menu again and this time select Workspace Settings
  5. ketiv-ava-atudocad-classic-workspaceWhen the Workspace Settings dislog pops up ensure that the “Automatically save workspace changes” option is selected
  6. ketiv-ava-atudocad-classic-workspaceGo back to the Quick Access Toolbar menu one more time and select Show Menu Bar
  7. ketiv-ava-atudocad-classic-workspaceNow that we can see out Menu Bar, expand the Tools menu
  8. ketiv-ava-atudocad-classic-workspaceNow expand Toolbars
  9. ketiv-ava-atudocad-classic-workspaceAnd finally, expand the AutoCAD menu and then select the toolbars that you want to add to your workspace
  10. ketiv-ava-atudocad-classic-workspaceAfter you’ve added some toolbars to your workspace it should look something like this
  11. That’s pretty close but that pesky ribbon sure takes up a lot of real estate on my screen, so let’s get rid of it. Type RIBBONCLOSE into your command bar (usually at the bottom of the screen) and hit enter. (You can always bring it back by typing RIBBON into your command bar)


Much better!


That’s it! I told you it would be pretty quick. If anyone has any questions or comments please let me know below. Thanks for reading.

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