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Use and control multifunctional grips for faster editing

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Multifunctional grips are small, contextual menus that let you edit the properties of an object or component. Use them to quickly edit objects.

For example, when you draw a rectangle, each vertex has multifunctional grips that let you add, remove, or stretch that vertex.

Similarly, an array has multifunctional grips that [...]

Know when unwanted layers creep into your drawing with layer notification

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Layers are a big issue when it comes to maintaining drawing standards. Where you work, you may have lots of rules about which layers your drawings can have.

Xrefs can be a problem for drawing standards, because when you attach an xref, its layers come along for the ride. This is especially an issue [...]

Batch check multiple AutoCAD drawings against a standards file

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In a previous post, “Use a Standards file to bring an AutoCAD drawing into line,” I explained how to check a drawing for certain standards, such as layers. This process is important for maintaining drawing standards where you work.

But suppose you want to check standards for many drawings at once? You can, using [...]

Autodesk 360 is a new cloud-based workflow for AutoCAD drawings

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Autodesk 360 is a cloud-based online service is used primarily for storing and reviewing drawing files on the go. There is also AutoCAD WS, which is a web app that lets you edit DWG files online, including on mobile devices. In this post, I’ll focus on Autodesk 360.

You can add apps for specific [...]

Use a Standards file to bring an AutoCAD drawing into line

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All AutoCAD professionals have to deal with standards. But when a drawing is worked on by multiple people and revised over months or even years, standards can deteriorate quickly. AutoCAD’s CAD Standards tools let you check drawings against your standards. You can check the following in a drawing:

Layers Text styles Dimension styles Linetypes [...]

Fix old, messy AutoCAD drawings

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Ralph, a subscriber to my AutoCAD Tips Newsletter, sent me a drawing that he called “an embarrassment.” He wouldn’t explain the details of why he thought it was so bad, but wanted some advice about how to fix drawings that have been revised over many years.

Old system variables

Some of the issues [...]

How to undo almost anything in AutoCAD

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We all make mistakes, so we all need to undo tasks in AutoCAD. Here’s a list of ways to undo actions. Please leave a comment to add to this list.

The UNDO command

Everyone knows about the UNDO and U commands. Let’s start with the U command. It undoes your last command (if possible–you [...]

Reverse a polyline in AutoCAD

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This is a guest post by Will Forty, who runs www.HowToAutoCAD.com. I recommend that you visit Will’s website and sign up for his newsletter to get blog posts like this.

Probably my favourite entity in AutoCAD is the polyline. However, there have been a few things in the past that I’ve found somewhat annoying, [...]

How to break walls to insert a door

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In an architectural drawing, you often need to break walls to insert a door. There are many ways to do this, but here is one way:

Let’s assume that you have a simple wall 4 inches thick. You want to insert a door that is 28 inches wide. You can easily translate these numbers [...]

Combine or subtract 2D shapes with the REGION command to create custom shapes

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Sometimes you need to create a 2D profile that is a combination of the basic geometrical shapes that AutoCAD creates. While you might be able to use the PLINE command to create what you want, an easier way might be to combine or subtract simpler shapes.

For example, let’s say that you want to [...]