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exporting a personalised menu and toolbars in Autocad 2006 to second pc

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could you help me to export my personalised menu and toolbar in Autocad 2006 to a second pc or laptop
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There are more esoteric ways, but the simplest way would be to choose a dwg, clean it up and copy and paste it to the other PC to be used as a template.
well the old fashion way was to copy your .mns files, button images and any code (vba or lisp) over to the new pc and run a menuload or create a profile and copy it over if you have identical directory structures.
Now they have this new custom user interface or "cui" files, type that in the command line to see the new customize dialog. Hopefully you have your custom toolbars/menus in seperate files and not in the default acad.cui file, I think that works best and you run a less chance of having to reload if something gets hosed up. You should be able to find your cui files and just copy them over like the old mns files to your support directory. Open up the interface and use the "load partial customization file" button, looks like a folder with a plus on it. If you're lucky and the directory structure is identical on both machines you could export your profile and copy it over too, that would be too sweet. Make sure you get your button images, .line(linetypes) and any code and put them in a directory that is in your support file search path.
Look up the cui in the help files too, it goes into detail about that pretty good. Every time I've done this I usually end upt having to tweak it a little bit, but I havent had to do it very much with the new cui deal.
Sorry for the quick and dirty explaination, but its late and I didnt want to leave you hanging. Hope that helps some.


Thank you norrin, i will try to copy it
but in my previously experience i always have problem looking for my icons everywere and reprogram my buttons also checking for the customized lisp folder etc...
i hope that work....
Yeah I know what you mean. I remember seeing a way to make a dll of all the toolbar bitmaps but I never did it. You may want to search for that, I cant seem to find the link that I'm alwasy seeing about that.

When I make a toolbar bitmap I make sure I use the "save as" option and try to give it a name that correlates to the tool and save them all to the same directory. That helps alot even thought acad will re-create its own with screwy names, I am always able to find the one I need if I have to.
You may already know that, but you'd be suprised at some of the setups I've seen.
This site has some good articles on toolbars.

While looking around for this I noticed that there are a few refernces to acad 2007! man I havent even gotten 2006 nailed down yet!
good luck


thank you Norrin.

i just looked to the reference ...it send me to all kinds of help Autodesk, and i already read some part of this help...it never talk about migration tools to other pc!!!
so if you have other idea, it'll be appreciated

thank you again
did you try coping the cui files and reloading them yet?


Hi Norrin
i started coping the cui files so i found 5 different files i tried the acad.cui...
the result was bad....
do you have other idea...
thanks again
It sounds like you may have added your customizations to your acad cui or you may not know which one your customizations are in. your best bet is probably to go into the cui in the customized autocad and create a new custom cui with just your customizations using the transfer tab and make sure it gets saved to a new cui with a distinct name. get all your bmp's and everthing else squared away there first find all your custom scrips, lisps etc and get them located or move them to a managable. Make sure everthing works right in the original customized acad, then export a profile, then try to copy them to the new pc using as much as the same file structure, and load that profile.
This kind of thing isnt as easy as it may seem sometimes so make sure you have everyting backed up.
maybe somebody else can throw in some suggestions.
good luck

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im sorry norrin
when i copied all the cui files,i didn't have success yet to find my personal cui...
so i did create a new cui file and i wanna try it today....
thank you again..
thanks for the points, did you get everything over ok?


yes thank you.....i got it with a little question mark for a few icons...
it s great...
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