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January 28, 2022

Working with BricsCAD Panels

Recent versions of BricsCAD have started to provide modeless panels to access various BricsCAD features. A modeless panel is one that can be kept open continuously to provide quick and easy access as you work. These panels can give you access to some very useful features, well worth your time to check out!

Open & Closing Panels

To see the full list of panels available and turn them on/off, simply right mouse click over the Ribbon or any Toolbar, then from the options menu that opens, browse the Panels list. To turn a panel on/off, pick it on the list. Panels with ticks beside them are ones that are already open.

Once a panel has been opened it can be arranged anywhere on your screen, and if you have multiple screens, then you can drag them to one of these to keep them handy, but not in the way of your drawing window.

The Content Browser

As an example I've opened the Content Browser panel. This panel allows you to list folders to browse for drawings. From the panel you can preview and open drawing files. You can also preview the blocks held by a drawing, and if you want to use any of them, you can simply drag and drop them onto your drawing window to insert.

Panel Docking

Panels can be arranged individually, or grouped together by docking them. To dock a panel, drag it by its title bar and drop it on an existing panel to group.

Icon or Tabbed Panels

With panels you also have the option of displaying them in a stack, where they display as a compact toolbar, with the panels flying out when you pick on their icon. Alternatively you can have it tabbed, where the panel remains open with tabs at the top to switch between.

To switch between Icon or Tabbed panels return to the right click options menu, and from Panel stacking select:

  • Dockable stack with tabs for Tabbed panels, or;
  • Collapsible stack with icons for Icon panels.

So if you've got one of the recent versions of BricsCAD, give it a go and see what you think. If you're interested in upgrading to get the most out of these extra features, click here to get in touch. We're here to help.

If you haven't yet used BricsCAD but keen to try it out we offer a free no-obligation 30 day trial. Click on the button to download today.

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