Tips to set up Work Environment

by GRAPHISOFT · updated: 03.10.2006

At the bottom of the Start ARCHICAD dialog box, you can select your preferred Work Environment profile.


Unlike Project settings, Work Environment settings are saved not as part of the project, but in a local folder on your computer.

The individual settings can be stored for future use in Schemes, which in turn can be combined into Profiles. Profiles and schemes can be imported and exported as needed. The customizable Work Environment Settings are divided into five schemes: User Preference, Shortcut, Palette, Tool and Command Layout.

Among the Set up Work Environment choices, the Last Profile Used option will apply the scheme-combination that was in effect when you last closed ARCHICAD, including any unnamed Custom schemes and undefined schemes.

The Default Profile in the list is the one with a checkmark (“Standard Profile 17” in the image above; your factory-shipped default may vary). In the Work Environment dialog box, you can set any other profile to be the default.

Other available profiles are listed at the bottom of the pop-up. Some of these are predefined and shipped by ARCHICAD; these are locked.

Customizing your Work Environment Profile

Note: If you want to customize and save your Work Environment Profile you have to be aware using a “button-up” method.

The Work Environment builds-up as follows:

First level – Work Environment

This is the upper level – Here you can create and save the individual Profiles


Second level

You can manage the following Schemes here:

  • User Preference Schemes (such as 2D Redraw and Cache file location preferences)
  • Shortcut Schemes
  • Tool Schemes
  • Palette Schemes
  • Command Layout Schemes



Third level

This is the lowest level – Here you can assign particular options to the Schemes. Such as: Dialog Boxes and Palettes, On-Screen Options etc.



Let’s see an example how easy to create a structured custom Profile.

  1. Saving the position of the palettes (Navigator, Toolbox etc.)
  2. Saving your custom shortcuts

Follow these steps:

  1. You can define the palette position manually in the ARCHICAD main window by dragging the palettes to a desired position and opening, closing or hiding them.
  2. Open the Work Environment under Options > Work Environment… and click on Palette Schemes. Here you can see a new entry “Custom”. custompalette.PNG

Select this entry and click on Store as… to save this modification. Add a new name to it e.g.: QuickHelp . Now a new Palette Scheme appears, and because it is the active scheme it is marked with bold letters.

  1. Set your custom Shortcuts:Go to Shortcut Schemes > Keyboard Shortcuts On the top right you can choose a predefined Scheme clicking on the Apply Scheme: button. If you choose the one, which contains the most of your favorite shortcuts, you can minimize your work in this field. The chosen Scheme title will be shown at the top of the window now. As you begin to modify the keyboard shortcuts the title will be changed to Custom. Choose the commands to which you want to assign the new shortcuts. To save your modification, click on the appropriate keys. Then go one level up in Shortcut Schemes. Here you can see that a Custom Scheme appeared, select it, and click on Store as… to save it under a new name. The new Shortcut Scheme appears, and because it is the active scheme it is marked with bold letters.
  2. Now you can collect together the new Schemes into a Profile. Go to Work Environment Profiles (first level), and on the right under the Profile Options you can create and save a New Profile…
  3. In the forthcoming dialog you can name your new profile e.g. QuickHelp .And below you can choose the previously created (and saved) Schemes.
  4. After you set these options close the window with OK.
  5. The new Profile appears among the Stored Profiles. Selecting it and by clicking on the Set as Default button it gets a black check mark showing that ARCHICAD will start always with these settings.
  6. To use this profile immediately double-click on its name and confirm the dialog by clicking on Apply.


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