Stop “Layout Tools” contextual tab from appearing.

In Civil 3D 2014 (and probably other versions such as 2013 and 2015), when you switch to a layout you may notice that the “Layout Tools” contextual tab appears. If you want to stop this behavior, follow these steps.

  • Run the CUI command.
  • In the upper left pane, skip the Civil menu and scroll down to Partial Customization Files, then ACAD. Expand this section.


  • Drill your way down inside of ACAD > Ribbon > Contextual Tab States > Layout Tools (Layout Tools is about half way down the list of Contextual Tab States.)


  • Right click on Contextual Layout Tools, and choose Remove. Confirm your decision then press OK to exit the CUI editor.
  • That’s it, you are done.