Status Bar Blues


     When the 2015 AutoCAD-based products were introduced, one of the first things that users noticed was that the status bar had changed. This was by no means a slight change either. The change was dramatic! A few releases ago, we had to get used to the new icons that they came out with on the status bar. No biggy there because if you decided that you didn’t like the icons, you could always turn off those icons and the status bar would go back to showing the actual words like osnap, ortho, etc. Not this new status bar though.

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     Not only is this totally different than what we have seen, but currently there is no way to turn off the icons to go back to a more classic looking status bar. Ok. Let’s take a deep breath……..and relax. We have dealt with change in our software over the years, so we can get through this one. Let me give you some basic tips for navigating through this new status bar.

     The first thing to note, is that identifying if a tool is turned on or off is easy. Tools that are on are represented as blue. Take a look at the figure above to see examples. Tools that are off  are light grey. Easy, right? OK, I will admit that the most challenging part will be trying to memorize the new icons, but I am getting better at that part. The next thing to note is that we can toggle what buttons we have available on this new status bar. We can click on the button that has three horizontal lines on it at the far right of the status bar as shown in the figure. (Remember, to see the image enlarged, just clik on it).Once there, you simply check on what you want to show in the status bar. That’s it! It’s as simple as that! Honestly, I am starting to get used to this new status bar and starting to like it. Once I fully memorize the icons, my status bar blues will be a thing of the past.

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Civil Infrastructure software is my main professional interest. Civil 3D, Infraworks, and Recap are what I work with mostly. I have been with CADsoft Consulting for over 10 years now. I got my start using Softdesk and AutoCAD R12 in DOS. My wife and I have four children and I am a die hard Red Sox fan.