AutoCAD 2013: Adding the Layout Tab to the ribbon

Today’s tip shows how to add the new ribbon tab called “layout” to the ribbon if it doesn’t exist. If your installation of AutoCAD 2013 doesn’t display this tab it is most likely because during installation, settings were migrated. Because AutoCAD seems to change so much year after year, I suggest not migrating many settings (or any). It might take a while to rebuild the settings for a new version of AutoCAD but I think that it might work better in the long run because those settings are geared around that particular build of AutoCAD.

  • To turn on the “Layout” tab of the ribbon:
  • Set current the workspace to which you want the tab applied
  • CUI <enter>
  • Select the workspace from the upper-left list in the CUI
  • Click “Customize Workspace”


  • Expand the plus sign next to “Ribbon” (shown below – please forgive the typo)
  • Expand the plus sign next to “Tabs” (shown below)


  • Scroll down in the list of tabs and find “Layout”
  • Check the box next to “Layout.” This will display this tab in the current workspace. If there are other tabs you would like displayed, check them now.
  • When you are finished turning on tabs, click “Done” (as shown)
  • To exit the CUI, click “Apply” and “OK”


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This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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5 Responses to AutoCAD 2013: Adding the Layout Tab to the ribbon

  1. Work: Start a new drawing, open an existing one, open sample files, or jump straight to a drawing that you had open recently. The Open Sample Files button takes you to several folders and subfolders that hold files related to specialized tasks such as database extraction and ActiveX controls, and the en-us folder holds files containing a variety of potentially useful predefined blocks and dynamic blocks.

  2. Shan says:

    @ Author, I have been using Autocad MEP-2013, I have tried what as you said in this tutorial, there was no Layout check box, instead we have Layout Curve, Layout Grid 2D, Layout Grid 3D, could you help me to advice to get this Layout tab in ribbon,

    Many thanks,

  3. Laurie Bellino says:

    Just ran across you post and had no problem following it, but when I get to the Ribbons/Tabs section, I don’t get a box to check and I’m in the mode to customize my workspace. Why is that and how is this fixed? Thanks.

  4. ritusharma says:

    It is the most important panel in AutoCAD.

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