MicroStation CONNECT: Bring back the Tasks Dialog

Written by:  Rod Wing

As you probably know MicroStation CONNECT employs a ribbon style interface similar to Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.


We recommend that you get comfortable with using this interface as it is where the new tools and functionality are to be found.

However, if you absolutely cannot bring yourself to work with the ribbon fear not. You can restore the Tasks Dialog interface:

1. In MicroStation CONNECT select File > Settings > Configuration Variables

(Create a new variable if this has not been defined)

3. Exit MicroStation and restart.

4. Once MicroStation is restarted with a file open select File > Settings > User > Preferences

5. In the Preferences dialog select the Task Navigation Category

6. Change the Presentation option to Dialog

CONNECT Task Dialog


7. Next, select the  Position Mapping category

8. Toggle on the options for Use Position Mapping and Show Position Mapping Aids.

9. Click OK


CONNECT Position Mapping


10. Minimize the ribbon to return to the similar look and feel of MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries)

Rod Wing

Rod Wing

Rod joined EnvisionCAD in March 2007 and has nearly three decades of experience working in the CADD industry. He led the IT evaluations of Bentley InRoads and AutoDesk Civil 3D at Wisconsin DOT in their overall CAiCE replacement evaluation. He also led the MicroStation V7 to V8 upgrade effort at Wisconsin DOT which included updating not only the CADD standards to accommodate the changes in the file format but also updating legacy MDL and macros to work in the new environment. Rod received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Cartography and a Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University. Rod has extensive experience in CADD as well as the areas of GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. In all of these areas, he has produced custom tools and developed workflows to enhance productivity between diverse sets of applications. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced applications.

3 comments on “MicroStation CONNECT: Bring back the Tasks Dialog

  1. Marian Hofbauer Reply

    thanks for the tip. But in my version there is no task navigation. There is a Ribbon instead. Can you help? Version is

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