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AutoCAD LT 2013 for the Mac: missing Menu and Tools Palette

We have received few cases recently where when running AutoCAD LT 2013 for the Mac, the Menu bar and Tools Palettes are missing. The following two solutions seem to be the most useful to resolve these cases.

Solution 1

  1. Make sure AutoCAD LT 2013 is not running.
  2. Go into Utilities and double-click the Terminal.
    This is the command line UNIX interface for the Mac OS.
  3. Copy and paste the following three commands, one
    at a time, hitting Enter after each:

    sudo chmod -R +w ~/Library/Application\ Support

    cd /Applications/Autodesk/AutoCAD\ LT\ 2013/AutoCAD\ LT\

    ./ /Applications/Autodesk/AutoCAD\ LT\ 2013/AutoCAD\ LT\

    If you type these out, be sure to get the capitalization correct, put in a
    space after each backslash \, and get the period at the start of the last one.
    The first command prompts for your admin password, for which you will not see
    the letters you type. There is no feedback after the second command. The third
    command will show "set SkipExisting to true."
  4. After entering the commands, quit the Terminal
    and then start up AutoCAD LT.  


Solution 2

Run a permission repair on your hard disk. Launch the Disk Utility (from within the \Applications\Utilities folder), on the First Aid tab, select your hard disk, and then click the "Repair Disk Permissions" button.

After this, delete the following folder:

~home\Library\Application Support\Autodesk\roaming\AutoCAD LT 2013 Standalone

The Library folder can be accessed by holding down the Option key while clicking on the Go menu within the Finder.

Next, go into this folder:


Delete all files that start with 'com.autodesk.AutoCAD_LT.'

Now see if AutoCAD LT will start up and that it has its menus. If it still fails to work, it is likely that you will need to uninstall and reinstall the program. The uninstaller is located here:

\Applications\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2013\Remove AutoCAD LT


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