Customizing Workspaces in CorelDRAW

October 10, 2011

One of the greatest features in CorelDRAW is the ability to customize the software to meet your needs. That includes adding custom icons for macros that you add to toolbars. Jeff Harrison created a short tutorial movie that shows how to do this. You can save custom artwork to various formats, but your best bet is probably as a BMP file. You can also save to ICO format, but it is a format that can be difficult to create using CorelDRAW or Corel PHOTO-PAINT alone. You’ll need some sort of application that specializes in working with ICO files. I’m a fan of @icon sushi for this (and it’s free).

I also want to pass along a caution about custom workspaces. Typically a new version of CorelDRAW has the ability to import a workspace from the previous version. Users like to use this as it saves them the time of re-creating their workspace. While it may save time in the short term, it is a major cause of instability. Don’t do it! Take the time to create a custom workspace from scratch in each new version. It takes a little longer at first, but will save you a lot of time in the long run.

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  1. Jeff Harrison

    Hi Foster,

    I agree with 2 points;

    1. Saving icons as simple BMP files is best for long-term compatibility.

    2. Rebuilding workspaces from scratch with new versions allows users to have a more reliable experience. Also users can do some “spring cleaning” by being objective about what macros and other CorelDRAW features the user truly needs quick access to.

  2. Foster D. Coburn III

    Jeff, glad you are in agreement since you customize your workspace as much as anyone I know. You also deal with the programmers who customize as much or more than you.


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