In my previous post, I described how you can edit solid primitive properties using the Properties palette. In this post, I’ll describe the same concept using the relatively new (introduced in AutoCAD 2009) Quick Properties. If you have AutoCAD 2009 or 2010 and don’t know what Quick Properties is, you’re probably one of the many AutoCAD users that quickly turned off new functionality, without understanding its purpose, and didn’t have time to go back. Now’s your chance to give it another try! I have to admit, I don’t keep Quick Properties on all the time. But, it’s easy to turn on from the status bar and I depend on it for certain objects, including solid primitives.
The purpose of Quick Properties is the same as Properties (to view and edit object properties) but Quick Properties is customizable so that can display only the useful properties rather than a long list of every property. You can also control where the Quick Properties palette is displayed. By default it’s near the cursor giving you quick and easy access to key properties right when you select an object. For solid primitive objects, only the Color and Layer properties are displayed by default. However, you can add geometry values, such radius and height for a cylinder, to the Quick Properties list. Since these are properties that you’ll want to edit often, it’s worth taking a few minutes to make them easily accessible.
The “quickest” way to add properties for a specific type of object is to select that object with QP turned on (type QP or use the toggle on the status bar). In the Quick Properties palette, select the Customize button.
The Customize User Interface (CUI) dialog box is displayed and the select object, a cylinder in my case, is automatically added to the Quick Properties object type list (if it wasn’t already there). Now you can simply turn on the properties you want QP to display for that particular type of object.
The Quick Properties palette only displays three rows by default. When you pass the cursor over it, the QP windows extends as necessary to display the remaining quick properties. If you’d like, you can modify the QP settings to display more properties.
You can specify the number of rows to display or you can display all of the quick properties by disabling the option to Collapse palette automatically.
Now, when I select a cylinder, I can easily modify the radius and height in the Quick Properties window right near my cursor! I’ll change the radius and height of the cylinder for my air hockey paddle to 30 and 14.
- Enter values in the Quick Properties window to modify the size and shape of a solid primitive