AutoCAD 2015 Cursor Badge

AutoCAD users got a bit hot under the collar about a few things with this years 2015 release of AutoCAD’s User Interface. The final straw for them was the cursor badge. So with that backlash from the AutoCAD stalwarts, Autodesk have introduced a system variable with the release of Service Pack 1 providing users with the ability to turn off or disable seemingly innocuous addition.

So go and download AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1 and install it. Once you have fired AutoCAD back up again, change the CURSORBADGE System Variable from 2 to 1:

Type: Integer
Saved in: Registry
Initial value: 2

1 – Turn off all new badges
2 – Turn on all badges (Default)

Badges that will be disabled:

  • Selection – cross and window selection
  • Inspection
  • Deletion
  • Copy
  • Move
  • Rotate
  • Scale
  • Zoom
  • Add vertex
  • Covert to arc
  • Hatch inherit property

As you can see this doesn’t remove all of them, but the AutoCAD team are working on a more complete solution for the future. They just wanted to get something out there as soon as possible to respond to user feedback. BUT, before you disable your cursor badges, make sure you truly understand their purpose by hearing out Heidi Hewett on her AutoCAD Insider blog, you might just surprise yourself.