Adding the Geolocation Tab to the ribbon

February 19, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

I was recently at a client site and they expressed the desire to use several years of old color and black and white aerial photography. I took the opportunity to share the new LIVE MAP Service provided to 2014 users via Autodesk 360. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you can make reference to our old blog post that our very own Rob Wiederman created HERE.


This is really cool feature for the vanilla AutoCAD users who want to create maps. But it creates a small hurdle for my CIVIL 3D and MAP 3D users who want to put to use the new functionality. We will get the imagery but not the contextual ribbon seen if used in vanilla AutoCAD.

Yes… there are other posts out there on how to do this, but they ALL point to launching AutoCAD or whatever product “As AutoCAD”. I walk you through a method that allows you to add the needed tab from within the current CIVIL or MAP session.

The Problem
When using the GEOGRAPHICLOCATION command, from Civil 3D or Map 3D, there is no way to control the aerial background once it is on or change background map types.


The Solution
Add the Geolocation tab via the CUI editor’s Transfer tab.


How To

  1. Open the CUI editor
  2. Switch to the Transfer tab
  3. From the right side, open


  1. Browse to the default Support install location, typically located at: C:\Users\<USER LOG IN>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D 2014\R19.1\enu\Support
  2. Select the acad.cuix file
  3. Expand the Ribbon folder and the Tabs folders on the left and right window panes.
  4. From the right window browse down Ribbon > Tabs > Geolocation tab
  5. Select the Geolocation tab and Drag and Drop from the right to the left window pane


  1. Switch over to the Customize tab
  2. From the top left window (Customizations in All Files), Select the current Workspace
  3. From the right window (Workspace Contents), select the Customize Workspace button
  4. From the left window (Customizations in All Files), expand the Ribbon folder and expand the Tabs folder
  5. Scroll all the way down and check on the box beside the Geolocation folder
  6. From the right window (Workspace Contents), select the Done button
  7. Pick on the OK button to save and exit out.
  8. Now you’ll see the Geolocation tab on the right most side of the ribbon.


Tagged with Ribbon, Geographic Location, Tech Support, Live Map Service, AEC, Infrastructure, Geolocation, Map 3D, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Autodesk

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