Uniform Layout Background in AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac

Have you ever tried to find a solution for setting Uniform Layout Background in AutoCAD for Mac? If so, this post is just for you.

All settings for Layuot elements in AutoCAD are stored in the registry (on Windows) and in the preferences file (on Mac). In Windows version of AutoCAD you can set options for displaying (hiding) printable area, paper shadow and paper background (the main thing in this case) in AutoCAD Options dialog (Display tab). But in Mac version of AutoCAD it is impossible to set them via Application Preferences. In fact these settings can be managed by changing some of AutoCAD Environment Variables. After discovering these variables I wrote small AutoLISP routine, that can help to change Layout Elements settings from within AutoCAD.

How it works? Just download LAYOUT_ELEM.lsp file to your Mac, unzip it to some folder on your Mac, use APPLOAD command to load this routine and call new command L_ELEM.

And now – for AutoCAD LT users. Despite the fact that LT version of AutoCAD doesn’t include AutoLISP support, you can change settings for Layout elements by changing Environment variables in LT preferences file via Terminal:

1. Quit AutoCAD LT, then start Terminal.app

2. To hide printable area copy and paste to terminal this command (hit Return to execute command):

defaults write com.autodesk.autocadlt "HKEY_CURRENT_USER.SOFTWARE.AUTODESK.AUTOCAD LT.R18·2.PROFILES.<<UNNAMED PROFILE>>.DRAWING WINDOW.SHOWPAPERMARGINS" -int 0

3. To hide paper shadow copy and paste to terminal this command (hit Return to execute command):

defaults write com.autodesk.autocadlt "HKEY_CURRENT_USER.SOFTWARE.AUTODESK.AUTOCAD LT.R18·2.PROFILES.<<UNNAMED PROFILE>>.DRAWING WINDOW.SHOWPAPERBACKGROUND" -int 0

4. To hide paper background copy and paste to terminal this command (hit Return to execute command):

defaults write com.autodesk.autocadlt "HKEY_CURRENT_USER.SOFTWARE.AUTODESK.AUTOCAD LT.R18·2.PROFILES.<<UNNAMED PROFILE>>.DRAWING WINDOW.SHOWPRINTBORDER" -int 0

5. To reverse back – substitute “-int 0” with “-int 1” in terminal commands.

Start AutoCAD LT to see changes.

EDIT

For AutoCAD 2013 LT users the name of preferences file changed, so Terminal commands should look like this:

To hide printable area copy and paste to terminal this command (hit Return to execute command):

defaults write "com.autodesk.AutoCAD LT.R19.0.ACADLT-B033.409" "HKEY_CURRENT_USER.SOFTWARE.AUTODESK.AUTOCAD LT.R19·0.PROFILES.<<UNNAMED PROFILE>>.DRAWING WINDOW.SHOWPAPERMARGINS" -int 0

To hide paper shadow copy and paste to terminal this command (hit Return to execute command):

defaults write "com.autodesk.AutoCAD LT.R19.0.ACADLT-B033.409" "HKEY_CURRENT_USER.SOFTWARE.AUTODESK.AUTOCAD LT.R19·0.PROFILES.<<UNNAMED PROFILE>>.DRAWING WINDOW.SHOWPAPERBACKGROUND" -int 0

To hide paper background copy and paste to terminal this command (hit Return to execute command):

defaults write "com.autodesk.AutoCAD LT.R19.0.ACADLT-B033.409" "HKEY_CURRENT_USER.SOFTWARE.AUTODESK.AUTOCAD LT.R19·0.PROFILES.<<UNNAMED PROFILE>>.DRAWING WINDOW.SHOWPRINTBORDER" -int 0
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  4. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS. I thought I tried everything to hide the printable area but nothing worked. Finally I can use my Mac to do my work. Thanks a million!!

  5. I have tried copy & paste commands for Uniform Layout on three separate occasions but with no luck….it’s driving me crazy…..can anyone offer any further assistance…?

    • maximka2010 Says:

      What AutoCAD do you use? Full version of AutoCAD for Mac, or 2012 LT, or 2013 LT?
      For AutoCAD 2013 LT Terminal commands are little bit different. I updated my post.

      • Hi…Thanks for response….I am using AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac..!
        Followed the information for using Terminal App.

      • Hi……just tried your latest edit, and thankfully it worked…!
        Thanks for the assistance.

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