Saturday, May 5, 2007

Map Status Bar in Civil 3D

So, you say your an avid Map 3D user and you've been forced to switch to Civil 3D. You've been told that Civil 3D is built on top of Map and that ALL the functionality of Map is in Civil 3D.

"Yeah right!", you say. "If Civil 3D has all the functionality of Map, where's my status bar?"
Well, have I got good news for you. You can now enable your status bar in Civil 3D. However, I also have some bad news, you have to edit your registry for this one. That's right, you have to hack in your registry but, it's not too hard. Click on your Windows start button and then select Run... In the run dialog box, for the open field, type in "regedit" (without the quotes).

Now, the registry editor is very similar to Windows Explorer. Simply expand out the different sections until you get to the one you need. For this particular purpose, you'll want to edit this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R17.1\ACAD-6000:409\Appl ications\AcMap

Once you are there, double click on the Statusbar engtry in the right panel and set it's value to 1. Now, before you do this, you should back up your registry but the image below shows you what to change.
Now, the next time you start up Civil 3D, you'll have your precious status bar back.

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