Drafting Settings Buttons in the Status Bar

Sick of guessing what these mean????

AutoCAD decided to turn the “Drafting Settings buttons” at the bottom of the screen from words into “icons.” I’m sure they did this to free up some space in the Status Bar. They problem that I have seen is that they are not very clear as to what these icons mean. So what I see people doing when I tutor them is that they hover their mouse over these icons until the words appear, then they choose the needed button.

To save time:
* Right click any of these “icons” and uncheck “Use Icons” (as seen below)

You should now see the icons displayed as words as seen below.


YEAH !!!!!!!


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16 Responses to Drafting Settings Buttons in the Status Bar

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  3. Mark says:

    This does not work for Autocad 2015

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  5. Jeff says:

    I’m working on 2014 and wanted to know if there was any way to make the Status Bar Icon buttons bigger. My computer has a very high screen resolution (3200 x 1800), which I like, but the Status Bar icons are a little too small for quick reference when working.


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  8. Bossman says:

    From 2014 to 2015 the status bar at the bottom with ortho, osnap, etc icons have moved from the bottom left to the bottom right side of the screen. its driving me nuts after all these years being on the left. How can i move it back to the left? Thanks

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      The status bar isn’t easy to customize anymore. The only things you can do is turn on/off which buttons are shown and turn it on and off. Oh and it can auto-stack when the autocad window is minimized

  9. Tesfaye says:

    Hi, I am a CAD Drafter. have been working in a surveying company for two years, but my speed is not improved what can you advice me to improve my speed?

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