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Restoring AutoCAD Classic Workspace in AutoCAD 2015 and Beyond

by Rich Sanchez on Jul 30, 2015

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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.

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

before

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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

cw_step1

 

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

cw_step2

 

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

cw_workspace_dialog

 

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

cw_step4

 

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

cw_workspace_settings

 

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

cw_step6

 

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

cw_step7

 

Now expand Toolbars

cw_step7-2

 

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

cw_step7-3

 

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

almost_classic

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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)

ribbon_close

 

Much better!

done

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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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