I just recently read through AUGI 's Top Ten Wish List for AutoCAD and noticed that number 8 on the list can be achieved with AutoCAD 2007 using the Customize User Interface (CUI) editor. The number 8 with is to be able to double click on a dimension to open the text editor. By default double clicking on a dimension opens the Properties palette which is nice, but in some cases not exactly the designed outcome. AutoCAD 2007 introduced the ability to edit the action that happens when you double click on an object in the drawing window through the CUI editor. I have included the steps to do this, and if you want to do something other than open the Properties palette or start the DDEDIT command you can create a custom command or AutoLISP file to use instead.
Modifying a Double Click Action in AutoCAD 2007
- Start the CUI editor, click Tools >> Customize >> Interface or type in CUI at the command prompt.
- In the Customizations In pane, click the plus sign next to Double Click Actions.
- In the Command List pane at the bottom, look for the command Edit.
Tip: Click in the Command List pane and press 'E' on the keyboard to jump to the commands that begins with that letter. You can enter more than one of the first letters of the command if you enter them really quickly to get even closer to the command you are looking for.
- Select the Edit command in the Command List pane and while holding down the left mouse button, drag the command to the Dimensions node (item) under Double Click Actions in the Customizations In pane. Release the mouse when Dimensions is highlighted to replace the Properties command with the Edit command.
- Click OK to save and apply the changes.
- Open a drawing with a dimension in it or create a new drawing and add a dimension to it.
- Double-click the dimension object and the In-place Editor starts.
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