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Stopping toolbars from docking within AutoCAD by holding CTRL
*Applies to: AutoCAD R13, 14, 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004 and 2005*

In AutoCAD there are times when you don't want a toolbar, dockable container (i.e.. Properties and ADC) or command line prompt to dock to the AutoCAD application window.  To make one of these items not dock with AutoCAD drag it to the center of the AutoCAD drawing window first and drop it there to force the item to undock.  Then press and hold down the {CTRL} key on the keyboard and drag the item to a different location in the application window or even outside it if you have a second monitor or just want it floating outside of the AutoCAD application window.  By pressing and holding down the {CTRL} key it will not allow the item to dock.  You will notice this while you are dragging it around on the screen by the different outline.  Normally the ghosting outline becomes thin when the item is in a dockable location, but when holding down the {CTRL} key the outline remains thick no matter where you drag it on the screen.