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Restoring AutoCAD Classic Workspace in AutoCAD 2015 and Beyond

by Rich Sanchez on Jul 30, 2015


Everyone knows and loves the AutoCAD Classic Workspace, for most of us its how we learned, it's familiar and comforting. All of the tools that I need are right where I expect them to be, until of course Autodesk decides that I love the ribbon and no longer need my classic toolbars. This is exaclty what happened starting with the 2015 release, the Classic Workspace option was removed from the program.

But what if I don't love the ribbon? How can I get my Classic Workspace back? This is one of the most common questions I get and the good news is that we can fairly quickly and easily bring back the interface that you're used to.

By default in 2015 and later versions your screen should look something like this:


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Let's start by adding Workspace back to the Quick Access Toolbar. Click the dropdown arrow to display the menu, then click on Workspace



Now that we can see which Workspaces are available and more importantly what missing, click the dropdown arrow on the Workspace Menu, then click on the Save Current As button



In the new dialog box go ahead and name your new Workspace and then click Save



Now let's expand the Workspace Menu again and this time select Workspace Settings



When the Workspace Settings dislog pops up ensure that the "Automatically save workspace changes" option is selected



Go back to the Quick Access Toolbar menu one more time and select Show Menu Bar



Now that we can see out Menu Bar, expand the Tools menu



Now expand Toolbars



And finally expand the AutoCAD menu and then select the toolbars that you want to add to your workspace



After you've added some toolbars to your workspace it should look something like this


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That's pretty close but that pesky ribbon sure takes up a lot of real estate on my screen, so let's get rid of it.

Type RIBBONCLOSE into your command bar (usually at the bottom of the screen) and hit enter. (You can always bring it back by typing RIBBON into your command bar)



Much better!


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That's it! I told you it would be pretty quick. If anyone has any questions or comments please let me know below. Thanks for reading.

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