Saturday, February 18, 2006

AutoCAD Palette Auto-hide Speed freeware

Did you know that you can change the time it takes to show/hide or roll-up/roll-out the palette windows in AutoCAD, ADT or other verticals when you have activated Auto-hide? It is possible but is not so obvious and easy. Until now.

Here you can download PaletteAutoHideSpeed.exe that helps you with this. There is no install provided since it's only one file so place it anywhere you want and run it. If you have different versions or verticals of AutoCAD you have to open the one you want to change and close it before running this application.

Hoover the mouse over "Tip here" in the application for a useful tip.

The requirement for the application to run is to have Microsoft .Net Framework v2.0 installed. It can be downloaded here. If you don't have it installed you will get a message when trying to start PaletteAutoHideSpeed.exe. I don't plan on supporting older versions of .Net Framework.

If you like this application and want to make a donation use this link and add the amount you like. Most Credit Cards are accepted and you don't need a PayPal account. Thanks!

You can also add comments below or send me an email. There is no support for this freeware but if you run into any problems or have any questions it's free to ask and I might be able to do something about it.

For those wanting to know what the application does. Here's what. It locates the file for the last run AutoCAD based application. It then changes the delay time in the file that is in XML format. In ADT 2006 it looks like this as default:

< paletterollupdelay="600">< paletterolloutdelay="200">

If you go in there and changes the Roll-up speed it will not work because of a minor spelling error. (Update: This has ben corrected in ADT 2007) You also have to change PalleteRollupInfo to PaletteRollupInfo. The spelling error is corrected by the application.

In AutoCAD there is no existence of these rows so they have to be added at the correct location.

Update 2008-01-15 Version 1.2 released with AutoCAD LT support and the homepage is available at


  1. Restored comment
    by Barry
    Anyway you could update this great tool to include the "PaletteHoldopenDelay" option?


  2. Restored comment
    by JTB World
    can you contact me directly or describe how you get PaletteHoldopenDelay to work and how you can see the effect as well as what AutoCAD product and version you have?
    I cannot find PaletteHoldopenDelay to do anything at all in AutoCAD 2008.

  3. Restored comment
    by JTB World
    PaletteHoldopenDelay is now supported.

  4. Restored comments

    dkurtz said...

    Wonderful. Thanks for the tool!
    February 20, 2006
    JTB World said...

    The favourite settings at the moment seems to be 400 & 1000 according to one user.
    May 12, 2006
    Barry said...

    Anyway you could update this great tool to include the "PaletteHoldopenDelay" option?

    August 29, 2007


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