BG-Map TechNote

AutoCAD 2009 Menu Issues

Updated 9/22/08

 This document reviews issues pertaining to running BG-Map with AutoCAD 2009.

The Menu Browser and the “Classic” Menu

AutoCAD 2009 uses a new interface called a menu browser, which replaces the menu items that previously appeared across the top of the screen.  To access the menu browser, click the red “A” at the top left corner of the screen.

The menu browser offer advantages compared with the “classic menu” because it makes more screen space available for displaying the map.  It also provides a search function.  For example, you could search for the word “move” to find the command for moving text.  The disadvantage of the menu browser is that it requires an extra click to access a menu item.

If you’d like to display the “classic” menu, type this command:


To hide the “classic” menu, type:


Displaying the AutoCAD Toolbars

The BG-Map file menu in AutoCAD has a function, “Display AutoCAD Toolbars”, which displays additional AutoCAD toolbars in addition to the normal BG-Map toolbars.  If this function does not work with AutoCAD 2009, place a copy of the file acad.cui in the C:\Bgmapwin folder.  You can find this file in the AutoCAD support folder, which is normally located here:

C:\Documents and Settings\(your name)\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2009\R17.2\enu\support

Copy the file acad.cui from this folder to the C:\Bgmapwin folder and restart BG-Map.  The “Display AutoCAD Toolbars” function should now work.  To hide the AutoCAD toolbars, select “Remove AutoCAD Toolbars from the File menu.

The Ribbon

AutoCAD 2009 provides another new user interface called the ribbon, which appears at the top of the screen.  The ribbon is not used with BG-Map, but may be used when running AutoCAD outside of BG-Map.

To display the ribbon, enter this command:


To hide the ribbon, enter this command:


To customize the ribbon (when not running BG-Map), enter this command: