Customizing the Inventor Marking Menu

Hello again.

Here with the final in my series on Inventor customization.  I will leave the iLogic to the wizards who know what they’re talking about.  in this article, I will look at customizing the Marking Menu.  This is the radial menu that you see when right clicking in Inventor.  The contents of the menu depend on the type of file you have open (part, assembly, drawing etc.), as well as whether or not you have a command active or anything selected.  For example, this is what the marking menu looks like in a brand new drawing file with nothing selected.


This offers me all of the tools I might need based on the context.  For this reason it is sometimes referred to as the context menu.  The menu appears with the mouse pointer in the center of the radial top section, with the idea being that you can quickly select any of these tools by simply pointing the mouse at it and picking.  But what if this menu doesn’t contain the tools you would like to see there?  Why you simply change it, of course.

As with the other methods in my previous posts, go to the  Tools Tab on the Ribbon, and select Customize.  The third tab on this menu is for the Marking Menu.


There are several options that can be set here that will apply to all marking menus, regardless of the context.  For example this is where you can choose to use the classic style context menu instead of the radial design of the marking menu.  You can also restore the out of the box defaults to the current menu on the screen, or to all menus you have modified.  You can choose from three Marking Menu Styles as shown in this image:


These options will not become visible until the changes you are making have been applied, and you close the customize window.  The graphic in the customize window will always show only the text of the command name in the Select Menu Location area.  So you will need to apply and exit after changing this to see if you like it or not.  it may take some trial and error until you are happy with your settings.  You can also decide how to handle the Overflow Menu.  This is the set of tools normally available in the context menu, which do not fit in the Marking menu.



Full Menu shows the entire Overflow Menu, Radial Only will show only those commands you assign to the marking menu buttons.  Short Menu will show the most commonly used commands from the Overflow Menu..

Now… to the heart of the matter.  How to change the buttons assigned in the radial portion of the marking menu.  It’s actually fairly simple.  First you need to select the Environment whose Marking Menu you want to change, as well as any Sub-Environment if applicable.



The Sub Environment options will change depending on the main Environment.  However, you will always have the option of adding a Marking Menu for the Ctrl + Right Click.  Selecting this will bring up an empty radial Marking Menu ready for you to assign commands.  Once the Environment and Sub-Environment have been selected, you need to decide what commands you want to choose from for your Marking Menu.


Once you have found the menu of commands that suit your needs in the environments you have chosen, simply select the location in the radial Marking Menu on the left of the screen, and then select from the Command menu whatever command you want to assign to that button.  Keep doing this until you have set all of the commands you want to change, in all of the Marking Menus you want to customize.  Remember that you can always set this back to the defaults and start again.  So, play around with this and set your environment the way you want it to look.  And as always,


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CAD Department Supervisor at Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing, Inc. CAD Designer & Detailer specializing in Inventor Tube & Pipe, Frame Generator, Content Center, Vault Professional. Autodesk Expert Elite member. Blogger. AU 2014 Speaker. Husband and father.

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