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10 AutoCAD Secrets

You may have already figured out that your mother never told you about a few necessary principles for living your life. Well, AutoCAD has a few principles that they don’t tell you about that may make your [more…]

How to Set Up AutoCAD 2014

These are the basic steps it takes to create, edit, view, and plot a new drawing in AutoCAD 2014. Here is an idea of what the finished product looks like. [more…]

How to Add Crosshatching to a Drawing in AutoCAD 2014

An editing task you may need to perform in AutoCAD 2014 is adding crosshatching to the space between the inner and outer edges of the column. The hatch lines indicate that the drawing shows a cross section [more…]

How to Use the Stretch Command in AutoCAD 2014

The Stretch command in AutoCAD 2014 is powerful: It can stretch or move objects, or stretch some and move others at the same time, depending on how you select them. The key to using Stretch is specifying [more…]

How to Plot a Drawing in AutoCAD 2014

The following steps should produce a satisfactory plot in almost all circumstances in AutoCAD 2014, though specific brands and models of plotter or printer might sometimes vary the result. Just follow [more…]

How to Create a New Drawing from a Template Drawing in AutoCAD 2014

When you start in either the Drafting & Annotation workspace or the old AutoCAD Classic workspace, AutoCAD 2014 creates a new, blank drawing configured for 2D drafting. Depending on where you live [more…]

How to Set Your Drawing Units in AutoCAD 2014

After you decide on drawing scale and sheet size, you’re ready to set up your drawing in AutoCAD 2014. Follow these steps to set the linear and angular units that you want to use in your new drawing: [more…]

How to Set the Grid and Snap Intervals in AutoCAD 2014

Both Grid mode and Snap mode in AutoCAD 2014 are like the intersection points of the lines on a piece of grid paper, but the grid is simply a visual reference — it never prints — whereas Snap mode constrains [more…]

How to Set Linetype and Dimension Scales in AutoCAD 2014

Even if you’ve engraved the drawing scale factor on your desk and written it on your hand, AutoCAD 2014 doesn’t know the drawing scale until you enter it. Keeping AutoCAD in the dark is fine as long as [more…]

How to Create a Template in AutoCAD 2014

You can create a template in AutoCAD 2014 from any DWG file by using the Save Drawing As dialog box. Follow these steps to save your drawing as a template: [more…]

How to Zoom in AutoCAD 2014

Because zooming is a frequent activity in AutoCAD 2014, you should know about all the ways you can zoom. In addition to the Zoom button on the Navigation bar, you’ll find tool buttons for all the Zoom [more…]

How to Create and Restore a Named View in AutoCAD 2014

If you repeatedly have to zoom and pan to the same area in AutoCAD 2014, you can quickly see what you want by using a named view. After you name and save a view of a particular area of a drawing, you can [more…]

How to Use the Line Command in AutoCAD 2014

Unlike many AutoCAD 2014 drawing commands, Line offers limited options. It has a Close option only to create one more segment back to the first point you picked in the current run of the command, and it [more…]

How Connect Lines with Polyline in AutoCAD 2014

Drawing polylines composed of straight segments in AutoCAD 2014 is much like drawing with the Line command. The PLine command has lots of options, so watch the prompts. [more…]

How to Use the RECtang Command in AutoCAD 2014

You can use the PLine or Line command to draw a rectangle in AutoCAD 2014. In most cases, you’ll find that using the special-purpose RECtang command is easier. The following steps show you how: [more…]

How to Use the POLygon Command in AutoCAD 2014

Rectangles and other closed polylines are types of polygons, or closed figures with three or more sides. The AutoCAD POLygon command provides a quick way of drawing [more…]

How to Draw a Spline in AutoCAD 2014

Most people use AutoCAD programs for precision drawing tasks: straight lines, carefully defined curves, and precisely specified points. You may believe that AutoCAD 2014 is not the appropriate program [more…]

How to Draw a Revision Cloud in AutoCAD 2014

Drawing a revision cloud in AutoCAD 2014 could help simplify your life. In many industries, employees customarily submit a set of drawings at different project milestones or stages of completion and then [more…]

How to Control Precision with Object Snap Tools in AutoCAD 2014

In AutoCAD 2014, a lack of precision makes editing, hatching, and dimensioning tasks much more difficult and time consuming. Controlling your precision can be a time saver as long as you keep these facts [more…]

What You Should Know about AutoCAD Coordinate Systems

Every point in an AutoCAD drawing file can be identified by its X,Y,Z coordinates. (In most 2D drawings, the Z-coordinate value is 0.0.) This system of coordinates is referred to in AutoCAD as the [more…]

How to Grab Points with Object Snap Overrides in AutoCAD 2014

After you’ve drawn a few objects precisely in a new AutoCAD drawing, the most efficient way to draw more objects with equal precision is to grab specific, geometrically precise points [more…]

How to Set a Running Object Snap in AutoCAD 2014

Every object type in AutoCAD 2014 has at least one point, such as endpoints, midpoints, or quadrants, and you can “snap” to them precisely as you draw by using [more…]

How to Change Object Properties in AutoCAD 2014

You can view and change all properties of an object in the AutoCAD Properties palette, and many of them in the Quick Properties palette. The Properties palette at the left and the Quick Properties palette [more…]

How to Create a Hatch Style in AutoCAD 2014

A minor problem with AutoCAD 2014 is that, unlike using text and dimensioning, you can’t create named styles for hatching. The good news is that three workarounds can help offset this issue. [more…]

How to Create a New Layer in AutoCAD 2014

Layers can be very useful as you progress and make changes to a drawing in AutoCAD 2014. If no suitable layer exists in a drawing, you create one in the Layer Properties Manager palette. Follow these steps [more…]


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