How to change AutoCAD Map 3D Back to AutoCAD

Did you ever receive AutoCAD Map 3D when all you wanted was AutoCAD? It typically happens because of different promotions and pricing, much to come customers’ chagrin. Those vintage AutoCAD commands are all some people want. While there is an AutoCAD workspace, Map 3D out of the box doesn’t have the 3D modeling workspace. Reverting to the original AutoCAD is still possible, though.

There are a few ways to accomplish this. One way is to create a copy of your Map 3D desktop shortcut and modify that copy to just run AutoCAD. Map 3D uses the acad.exe to run and then just loads other content. The main line to add is in the target box. After the acad.exe,” enter a space and then /product ACAD /language “en-US.” The graphic below shows us what this would look like.


Another thing you could do is this: Inside of Map 3D on the command line, type in “menu.” This will open the “Select Customization File” dialog box. At this point, select the “acad.cuix” file. This will load what looks like “vanilla” AutoCAD complete with the AutoCAD workspaces. If you intend to go back to Map at some point, then the first option I showed may be a better choice for you.

That’s all you have to do! A simple fix. Keep checking back for more ways to better manage your Autodesk software.

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.