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Zoom quickly and more by controlling your mouse’s wheel

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Most mice have a wheel and you can use it in a number of ways — scroll it in 2 directions, click it, and double-click it. Plus, you can combine keys such as the Shift key with the mouse wheel to get even more capabilities. AutoCAD makes good use of your mouse wheel. Here [...]

Change the color of almost any AutoCAD screen feature

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A reader told me he was having problems with his 3DCLIP command after upgrading to AutoCAD 2013. He wrote:

“I create 3 or 4 different 3d models that I then xref them together into an arrangement drawing. I then create my viewports for the different views I will need. In the past, [...]

Create a thumbnail for opening a drawing

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Do you have old drawings that don’t show thumbnails when you select them in the Select File dialog box?

Even though this drawing says it was last modified in 2010, it was created much earlier. It’s probably at least 15 years old.

The system variable that determines whether a drawing saves a [...]

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 [...]

Clean your screen with AutoCAD’s Clean Screen feature

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I have lost my menus such as draw, render, etc. Everything that would allow me to copy, move, trim etc. I don’t have anything that will allow me to enter commands. Also my menu bar ie. file, window, help. The command line at the bottom of the drawing is also gone.

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Make the command line work the way you want it to

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The command line is an essential component of drawing in AutoCAD. Even if you don’t type commands there, you need to look at it for prompts and you probably use it to specify options.

The command line is actually a palette window. By default, the command line is docked at the bottom of your [...]

How to lock AutoCAD’s user interface

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This is a guest blog post from Paul Munford.

It’s happened to all of us. A car outside backfires, a door slams or a cheeky college sneaks up behind you and gives you a tickle; before you know it your AutoCAD user interface is a mess!

If you’ve invested a lot of time setting [...]