Reset Settings to Default

From the Windows Start menu, reset your AutoCAD configuration to the default state.

This is an easy way to undo a migration or to discard customization changes made after installation.

The following Windows Registry entry is removed during the reset:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R18.2\ACAD-A001:409

    The value A001:409 varies based on which product and language is installed. For example, A001:804 represents the Simplified Chinese version of AutoCAD.

NoteIt is not recommended to edit the Windows Registry directly.

The following user folders are removed during the reset:

  • Roaming Root folder
    • (Windows XP) <drive>:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2012\<release number>\<language>
    • (Windows Vista and Windows 7) <drive>:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2012\<release number>\<language>
  • Local Root folder
    • (Windows XP) <drive>:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2012\<release number>\<language>
    • (Windows Vista and Windows 7) <drive>:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2012\<release number>\<language>
NoteThe Migration folder created by the Migrate Custom Settings dialog box, or the importing of a transfer package is not removed during the reset.

Backup Files

If you choose to backup your custom settings and files before resetting AutoCAD, all files in the Roaming and Local root folders are backed up with the following exceptions:

  • *.tmp – Temporary files
  • *.err – Error files
  • *.cache – Material cache files
  • support.cdc – DesignCenter cache file
  • *.cfg and *.dhlp – Autogenerated files
  • *.mnr – Menu resource files
Procedures
To reset AutoCAD settings to default
  1. Do one of the following:
    • (Windows XP) Click Start menu Programs Autodesk AutoCAD 2012 Reset Settings to Default
    • (Windows Vista and Windows 7) Click Start menu All Programs Autodesk AutoCAD 2012 Reset Settings to Default
  2. In the Reset Settings – Backup message box, do one of the following:
    • Click Back Up and Reset Custom Settings to archive your current custom settings and files before resetting AutoCAD.

      In the Backup Custom Settings dialog box, specify a location and name to save the ZIP file that contains the backup of your custom settings and files. Click Save.

    • Click Reset Custom Settings to not create a backup of your current custom settings and files before resetting AutoCAD.
  3. In the Reset Settings – Confirmation message box, click OK.

    If you chose to back up your custom settings and files, the location and file name you specified is displayed.

  4. Customize the product environment as needed.