2015 Startup Interface. . .not ready for the change?

Jason Porter

Architecture and Engineering, All, Tag, Construction, System 0 Comment

While talking to some users who are using the 2015 products it's clear to me that some folks don't care for the new 2015 interface upon startup.  When you initially launch AutoCAD-based 2015 products you have an interface similar to this:

But you are a creature of habit and don't really care for the change.  You prefer to launch the software and see Drawing1.dwg ready for you to draw.  No problem.  There is a new system variable introduced in 2015 to save the day.  The STARTUP system variable controls what is displayed when the application is started, or when a new drawing is opened.  It controls whether the Create New Drawing dialog box is displayed when a new drawing is started with the NEW or QNEW commands.  And of course, it also controls whether the Startup dialog box is displayed when the application is started.  There are four settings to this system variable:

  • 0  -  Starts a drawing without defined settings
  • 1  -  Displays the Startup or the Create New Drawing dialog box
  • 2  -  A new tab is displayed.  If available in the application menu, a custom dialog box is displayed
  • 3  -  A new tab is displayed and the ribbon is pre-loaded when you open or create a new drawing.

The default setting is 3.  Set it to 0 and you'll revert back to the 2014 and previous version style of startup.