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Easily import text and dimension styles from other drawings

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There’s no reason to recreate the wheel – or text or dimension styles, if you have them elsewhere. The easiest way to import a text or dimension style from another drawing is to use the DesignCenter.

Follow these steps:

Go to the View tab, Palettes, DesignCenter or type designcenter on the command line. From [...]

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 [...]

Insert data from an Excel worksheet

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A reader asked how he could display data that was linked to an Excel spreadsheet. It might be easier to update the data in the spreadsheet or you might be keeping the data there anyway for other purposes. For whatever the reason, it can be very efficient to create a data link and display [...]

Label the scale of individual viewports

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A reader asked me how to label the scale of individual viewports when they have different scales. You can use fields to accomplish this.

Here’s a drawing with 2 viewports, one on the left and one on the right. Each one uses a different scale.

Here are the steps to label each viewport:

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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 [...]

Editing text with DDEDIT

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Just the very name DDEDIT brings back old memories! Once upon a time, DD was used to indicate that the command opened a dialog box. Now, it seems that there are only 3 left — DDEDIT, DDVPOINT, and DDPTYPE — listed in the alphabetical list of command in AutoCAD’s Help.

But there is no [...]

Change the line spacing of Mtext

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You can exactly specify the spacing between lines of Mtext. Here’s the procedure:

Select the Mtext object. Select the text by dragging across it. On the Text Editor tab, in the Paragraph panel, choose Line Spacing> More to open the Paragraph dialog box. Check the Paragraph Line Spacing check box. From the Line Spacing [...]

Dimensioning basics, Part IV: Create accurate baseline and continued dimensions

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Baseline and continued dimensions are linear dimensions that are based on an existing linear dimension:

Baseline: The second and subsequent dimensions all start at the same point as the existing dimension but end at a different point Continued: The second dimension starts at the end point of the existing dimension Create a baseline dimension [...]

Dimensioning basics, Part III: Create accurate dimensions for angles

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Measuring angles can be challenging. Sometimes, two lines that create an angle don’t even intersect or intersect, but not at their endpoints. For this reason, specifying an accurate vertex for the angle is important.

To dimension an angle, start the DIMANGULAR command. You can get there in two ways:

Home tab> Annotation panel> Dimension [...]