Modifying Menus and Commands

Modify menus and assign keyboard shortcuts to commands.

To add, modify, or delete a menu or a command:

  1. Access the Workspace Editor dialog box as described in Customizing Workspaces.

  2. Click the Menus tab. The left side of the dialog box displays all available commands, grouped by category. The right side of the dialog box displays the menus and commands currently assigned to the workspace. To help you easily identify what changed in this release, the Recent Changes folder lists the new and revised menus and commands for the current and prior version of the Vectorworks product; it may also list those menus and commands that are now considered obsolete (legacy). Modify the menus and commands as described in the following table.



    Add a new menu or submenu

    Click the New Menu command from the Commands list and drag it to the desired position in the Menus list. Click to highlight the new item, and then click again to edit it; enter the name of the new menu item.

    Add a command to a menu

    Click the plus sign (Windows) or triangle (Mac) to expand the list of commands; click-drag the command from the Commands list to the desired position in the Menus list

    Add a separator

    Click-drag the Separator command (Windows) or separator line (Mac) from the Commands list to the desired position in the Menus list; a separator line displays

    Move an item

    Click-drag the item in the Menus list to the desired position

    Delete an item

    Select the item from the Menus list and press the Delete key. If you delete an item that has other items stacked beneath it, all of the stacked items are deleted along with the main item; to prevent this, move the stacked items to another location first. A warning will display asking you to confirm deletion of an item if other items are stacked beneath it.

    Change a menu name

    Select the menu from the Menus list and type the desired name; commands cannot be renamed

    The Document Windows, Font, Tool Palettes, and Workspaces menu items are populated at run time. Therefore, they can only be placed as the last item in a list of submenu items.

  3. If desired, assign or change a combination of keys to use as a shortcut to access a menu command.

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    If a keyboard shortcut is already in use, the option to reassign the shortcut to the current menu command is presented. If the shortcut is reassigned, the original command no longer has a shortcut.

    Common computer keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl + C (Windows) or Cmd + Z (Mac) and operating system shortcuts cannot be overridden.

  5. If necessary, modify or delete a keyboard shortcut.

  6.     Modify: Select the shortcut from the Menus list; select a new shortcut key combination and/or enter a different key for the shortcut (if that key is reserved by the Vectorworks program or is already in use, a message displays)

        Delete: Select the shortcut key from the Menus list and press Delete

  7. Click OK to save the changes and close the Workspace Editor dialog box.


Customizing Workspaces

Modifying Context Menus

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