5 MicroStation Variables every User should have defined

Written by Bob Mecham.

There are three major categories when defining a Network workspace.  We talk about them in our MicroStation CAD Manager class.  The User Level is intended for the specific user preferences and customizations.  The User config can be setup to use the Windows login name.  Thus allowing roaming profile so no matter where the user logs in their MicroStation interface and MicroStation customizations follow.


Defines the file name that holds the mouse button menu.

MicroStation Button Assignments


“AccuDraw Shortcuts” Text file listing AccuDraw shortcut keys.

MicroStation Accudraw Shortcuts


“Function Key Menu” Open function key menu file.

MicroStation Function Keys


Directories that are searched when opening an existing VBA project.

MicroStation VBA Project Manager


Directories containing DGN library files that store tool, toolbox, task, menu, and icon customizations.

MicroStation Customize Interface

Here is an example of what my own User Configuration File looks like with the files and folders.

MicroStation User Configuration Files and Folders


What variables do you define at the User level to make MicroStation your own?

Are you using roaming profiles with MicroStation? Let us know by commenting below.

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Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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