MicroStation Tip: AccuDraw Focus

Written by:  Bob Mecham

If you have ever worked with AccuDraw you know keeping the focus in the AccuDraw dialog can be troublesome.  There is a setting in the Preferences that can make it easier.

1. From the pull down menu Workspace > Preferences > Look and Feel > Auto-Focus Tool Settings Window

workspace preferences auto focus toolsettings window

2. Check ON the Auto-Focus Tool Settings Window.

3. Click the Ok button.

Try it out by selecting the Move or Copy icons. Notice how the focus stays with AccuDraw dialog.

Additional practice with dialog focus

With this setup the focus will stop going Home.  If you want to go to Home so you can use your positional keyboard mapping press the Esc key.

To get the Key-in Browser dialog focus press the Esc key then Enter key.

To get to the AccuDraw dialog press the  Esc key then Spacebar.

To get focus back to the Toolsettings Window F10.

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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