MicroStation Tip: Retrieving the Tool Settings Window

Every so often I get a question from a student or support call about losing the MicroStation Tool Settings window. We check to make sure it’s not docked, hidden behind a view window, or anywhere else on the screen. It’s just gone. Clicking on a new tool does not bring it back.

The question then becomes how to get it back?

A simple way to do this is to use the PopSet tool.

  1. Click on the PopSet icon in the Primary Tools toolbox to enable it. The icon will be green when enabled.
  2. Position your mouse cursor in somewhere near the center of the screen.
  3. Press Ctrl + Space on the keyboard.
  4. The Tool Settings window will be centered on your mouse cursor.

You can enable the Ctrl + Space key-in even when the PopSet tool is disabled.

  1. Right click on the PopSet tool icon
  2. Select Settings from the pop-up menu
  3. Check on the setting to Allow Ctrl+Space When Disabled
  4. Select OK.
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.

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