I was asked by a student last week, what had happened to the AutoCAD Classic Workspace. He was not a frequent user of AutoCAD, and had recently upgraded to 2016. I informed him that the workspace beloved by so many had been on the chopping block for a few years before Autodesk finally killed it in the 2015 release of AutoCAD.
This conversation reminded me that it would be a great idea to post how to re-create the AutoCAD Classic Workspace, on my blog. So here goes...
If you are accustomed to using AutoCAD from within the Classic workspace, then it really isn't difficult to re-create. There are several simple steps that only take about 5 minutes to complete.
The first step is to make visible your menu bar.
Next, click on Tools in the Menu Bar, select Toolbars > AutoCAD > , and then select each toolbar that belongs in the AutoCAD Classic set, including the Tool Pallette. If you have customized your AutoCAD Classic workspace previously, then you can continue to add the necessary toolbars to complete your workspace customization.
Once you have selected all of the toolbars and pallettes that you will use to define your AutoCAD Classic workspace, the last step is to save the workspace.
To save the workspace, simply click in the workspace tab and select Save Current As... In the resulting dialog box, simply enter the name you wish to use and click Save.
As you can see, the AutoCAD Classic workspace will be around for as long as you like, you just have to manage it yourself.