30 responses

  1. Glenn Openiano
    July 6, 2011

    How do I scale drawings in the layout space? Say if I want my drawings plotted at 1: 50 scale?

  2. T.J.
    July 18, 2011

    Click on your viewport to select it, then you will notice the annotation scale button appear in your status bar toward the bottom right of your screen. Simply select the scale you want from this button, that’s it. Now, make sure you select the 1:1 scale in the page setup manager when you are getting ready to plot. This ensures the layout is not scaled down or up because you already have your viewport scaled. Hope this makes sense.

  3. Leah
    April 13, 2012

    I have created a few page set ups that work great on my computer. But when some one else in my office tries to use one of my page set ups, the settings don’t carry over (eg. the page set up selection turns back to ). Do you have any suggestions for creating page set ups that work on multiple computers? Or is this something that only works on the computer it is set up on?

  4. shoyeb golder
    May 1, 2012

    hi, am new to autocad/student..am using 2013 version of autocad..can you plz tell me the page setup and plot with scale…thank you

  5. fahmi
    July 26, 2012

    hi there.
    i’ve a problem when i want to plot my drawing. when i plot it, only certain part of the drawing is plotted on the paper. the other is off the page. how can i fix this?

    • Ellen
      July 26, 2012

      To troubleshoot, trying plotting Extents and see if you get it all. You won’t get a standard scale, but that should give you an idea of what the problem is.

  6. Mike
    August 6, 2012

    I’m having the same problem as Leah in that the page set ups work on my computer, but that’s it. I’ve been using Adobe and change the .pc3 file and have all of the page sizes set up on each machine, but when I use publish or the SSM it gives me an error saying “ERROR: The current device does not support the requested media size.” If the drawing is open it prints fine from the layout tab it just doesn’t work when using the publish command. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Ellen Finkelstein
    August 6, 2012

    I’m not familiar with this situation. Are both people printing or plotting on the same device? Perhaps different devices have different settings or capabilities?

  8. thirumalai
    April 29, 2013

    drafting procedure. construction field work.the following documents

    2.Set up Screen
    3.Line set up

  9. Ajay
    May 1, 2013

    I know how to scale the drawings, but do not know which scale I shoould use so that the sections that I am giving are legible on a A3 size paper. I am an R.c.C. consultant and we have to give detail sections besides plans and schedules to give the detailing part of the drawings.

  10. TC
    May 2, 2013


    Thanks for this. I was hoping for an explaination of the settings. I’m plotting to .pdf and I am having a lot of trouble with lines. I have show lineweights on in my viewports and I’m comtroling everything by layer, but I still can’t get the linetypes to print. For example I need to use dotted lines fairly often. The way AutoCAD recognizes these linetypes seems completely arbitrary, in model space they show up clearly, but they print as solid lines, sometimes, other times the linetype prints with no problems. I’ve tried changing the .ctb, color, size, linetype, etc. Is there some magic feature I’m missing? I just want to have control over what my drawing will look like. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent researching this issue but nothing I’ve tried has worked. Ideally I would like to control everything by layer so I can see everything in one place. Any ideas? Thanks!!!

  11. TC
    May 2, 2013

    PS Is there any way to turn on some sort of feedback response from AutoCAD? For example, I am trying to hatch an area and it won’t work but there is no reponse in the command line or error msg, nothing happens at all. It makes it hard to figure out what is going wrong. I feel like it used ot tell you what was wrong like if it was an issue with scale, boundry, etc. I’m using AC 2012, is that a feature they took away?

  12. phillip
    July 11, 2013

    This was very, very useful. Thanks for taking the time to write this article, I just published two drawings at 5 sheets apiece without any errors :-)

  13. Stefan
    September 11, 2013


    I`am having a problem with Autocad 2013! when I try to add a new layout ( by move to end/copy ) Autocad immediately closes and a error is showing. What can I do please help?

  14. Hans
    September 17, 2013

    Stefan you can try to copy your drawing elements to a new drawing and the layouts via designcenter test if everthing works and save the new drawing to the Original drawing file

  15. kai
    September 22, 2013

    Ellen, I’m using autocad 2013, and somehow the layout space doesn’t show edges of the paper anymore, can’t even see the dashed lines for printable area, is there a way to get out of this? I tried to zoom out as much as possible, still can’t see the edges, please help. thanks.

  16. Peter Deniet
    September 28, 2013

    Kai, did you try Zoom, All?

  17. sudheera
    December 25, 2013

    my drawing is not shown on plot preview . what is the reason for that?

  18. Ajith
    February 1, 2014

    when taking the prints in autocad drawings, dotted line type is not comming prints shows only line, kindly tell me the print settings

  19. imtiaz ahmed
    March 28, 2014

    i have problem with page set up please help me

  20. Janice Brewster
    September 28, 2014

    I am trying to place a dwg on a letter size paper and all is well except I am having trouble with the text ..layer is on but text does not show. How to correct? Thank you.

  21. Jim Ryder
    September 30, 2014

    Janice, Is the text annotative? If so that’s more than likely the problem. You’ll need to add the current Annotative Scale of your drawing to the text. Select the text and in the Properties window select the button to the right of Annotative Scale and add scale to the list. Hope this helps!

  22. JTB
    October 28, 2014

    Or add text in Paperspace.

  23. LNH
    November 8, 2014

    Hi! how to select certain part of dwg to print as A3 paper TQ!

  24. Brit K
    December 8, 2014

    When user tries to save as PDF get two error messages:

    AutoCAD error:
    There was an error saving the file C:\users\username\appdata\roaming\autodesk\c3d\2014\enu\plotters\pmp files\DWG To PDFaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.pmp


    Plot- Paper Size Not Found:
    The plotter configuration does not support the paper size of the current layout. What do you want to do?
    Use the default paper size ANSI A (11.00 x 8.50 Inches)
    Use a custom paper size (8.50 x 14.00 inches)
    Use a custom paper size and add it to the plotter configuration

    Has anyone ran into this issue before using AutoCAD 2014?

  25. Kai
    December 11, 2014

    The same issue with Brit K. Anyone know how to solve that, please?

  26. Mary Aylmer
    December 23, 2014

    In 2015, in the plot screen (hit control + P) there is no landscape/portrait option. How to I rotate my drawing before plotting? Thanks.

  27. Peter Deniet
    January 1, 2015

    Mary Aylmer,
    When you bring up the print dialog by whatever method, you will see at the bottom-right of the dialog an arrow that points to the right. Click on that arrow and you will find more options for printing, including the options for Portrait and Landscape orientation.

  28. Joel
    February 6, 2015

    I am having troubles when I try to print to my plotter. I am trying to print on ANSI C size paper. Every time I select my print area, it cuts off part of the title block. The only way I can fit the entire title block on the sheet is to adjust the scale… which isn’t an option. Anybody have any idea how to fit my entire title block on the sheet?

    I have tried adjusting the title block size.. still running into the same issue. Also, I should add, I am using MicroSurvey not AutoCAD.. however I can’t find any support forums for MicroSurvey. The programs are very similar.

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