Getting started > Customize the interface
Customize the interface
You can customize Quick Access Toolbar, keyboard shortcuts, and menu appearance.
If you customize a default toolbar or menu, your changes will be lost when you upgrade. If you create your own toolbars or menus, they will not be lost when you upgrade and you can easily transfer them to a new computer. You can find your toolbars in the folder C:\User Profiles\%username%\Application Data\PTC\Creo Elements Direct Modeling [version]\[version]. Each toolbar or menu will have its own file with the .tlb extension.
To customize the Creo Elements/Direct Modeling interface,
1. Right-click on any toolbar.
2. Select Customize.
3. Add Commands to any toolbar or menu:
Locate a command using the Groups list on the left, then drag the command to any toolbar or menu.
Click New to create a new command. See Controlling command button properties.
4. Create and manage Toolbars:
You can create, edit, reset and delete toolbars from this dialog. You can only delete user-defined toolbars.
Show text labels: Display text labels under icons in the toolbar. Select a toolbar before you activate this option.
5. Change Keyboard shortcut keys:
a. Select a category from Group.
b. Select the command from the Commands box.
c. Click in the Press New Shortcut Key box.
d. Press the key you want to assign.
e. Click Assign.
Remove: Remove a keyboard shortcut that you have created.
Reset All: Reset the shortcuts to User/Site/Corp or Creo Elements/Direct Modeling default.
List All: Show all currently defined keyboard shortcuts that are valid in the active application (Creo Elements/Direct Modeling, Creo Elements/Direct Annotation, etc.).
6. Enter New Abbreviation: to execute commonly used commands with an abbreviated command you type in the user input line:
This process is similar to creating a keyboard shortcut. See the steps above.
7. Create and manage Menus:
You can create, edit, reset, and delete menus from this dialog. You can only delete user-defined menus.
While the Customize dialog is open, you can move menus from Creo Elements/Direct Modeling onto toolbars. Hold the Ctrl key if you want to copy the menu to the toolbar.
8. Set other Options:
Show ScreenTips on toolbars: Displays tooltips as the mouse pointer passes over an icon in a toolbar.
Show shortcut keys in ScreenTips: Displays the keyboard shortcuts within the tooltip.
Small Icons: Displays small icons.
Lock Toolbars: Lock the toolbars so you can't accidentally move or close them.
9. Click Close when you are finished. Changes are applied as you change settings.
Assigning actions to the mouse buttons
When you start Creo Elements/Direct Modeling, all buttons have actions already assigned. You use the left button (the primary button) to open menus, click commands, and create geometry. Pressing the middle mouse button has the same effect as clicking OK. The right mouse button displays pop-up menus.
You cannot add the Move or Delete commands to the right mouse button menus in Creo Elements/Direct Annotation.
You can change the default assignment of the mouse buttons by editing the LISP function all_mouse_defs.lsp. This file can be found in the personality\sd_customize folder. You will need to restart Creo Elements/Direct Modeling after making any changes.