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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…]

How to Manipulate Layers in AutoCAD 2014

After you create layers and draw objects on them in AutoCAD 2014, you can turn a layer off or on to hide or show the objects on that layer. In the Layer Properties Manager palette, the first three icons [more…]

How to Scale an Object’s Linetype in AutoCAD 2014

Linetype scale controls the display of dash-dot linetypes in a drawing in AutoCAD 2014. Some linetypes that you assign to a layer or an object directly might not look correct on every object based on the [more…]

How to Use the Erase Command in AutoCAD 2014

The following steps show you how to use the Erase command in command-first mode with several different selection options in AutoCAD 2014. The selection techniques used in this example apply to most AutoCAD [more…]

How to Use the Move Command in AutoCAD 2014

These steps demonstrate command-first editing in AutoCAD 2014 with the Move command, using the base point/second point method of indicating how far and in what direction to move the selected objects. Follow [more…]

How to Use the COpy Command in AutoCAD 2014

The COpy command works almost identically to the Move command except that AutoCAD 2014 leaves the selected objects in place and makes new copies of them in the new location. [more…]

How to Use the ROtate Command in AutoCAD 2014

There may be a time when you need to rotate objects to create better drawings. AutoCAD to the rescue! The ROtate command in AutoCAD 2014 pivots objects around a point that you specify. Follow these simple [more…]

How to Use the SCale Command in AutoCAD 2014

You may think that the SCale command performs magical drawing-scale setup on an entire drawing in AutoCAD 2014. No such luck. (Nor does it have anything to do with ladders or fish.) The SCale command uniformly [more…]

How to Use the –ARray Command in AutoCAD 2014

The -ARray command is a supercharged COpy: You use it to create a rectangular grid of objects in AutoCAD 2014 at regular X and Y spacings or a radial arrangement of objects around a center point at a regular [more…]

How to Use Offset in AutoCAD 2014

You use Offset to create parallel or concentric copies of lines, polylines, circles, arcs, or splines in AutoCAD 2014. AutoCAD certainly does its best to be as accommodating as possible. Follow these steps [more…]

How to Use the TRim and EXtend Commands in AutoCAD 2014

TRim and EXtend are the twin commands for making lines, polylines, and arcs shorter and longer in AutoCAD 2014. They’re the yin and yang, the Laurel and Hardy, the Jack Sprat and his wife of the AutoCAD [more…]

How to Use the BReak Command in AutoCAD 2014

The BReak command isn’t what you use before heading out for coffee. The BReak command in AutoCAD 2014 creates gaps in lines, polylines, circles, arcs, or splines. BReak also comes in handy if you need [more…]

How to Use the Fillet, CHAmfer, and BLEND Commands in AutoCAD 2014

Whereas TRim, EXtend, and BReak alter one object at a time, the Fillet and CHAmfer commands modify a pair of objects in AutoCAD 2014. Fillet creates a curved corner between two lines, whereas CHAmfer creates [more…]

How to Use the Join Command in AutoCAD 2014

In AutoCAD 2014, you use the Join command to fill gaps between lines, arcs, elliptical arcs, open splines, 2D and 3D polylines, and helixes. If the lines are [more…]

How to Use the Create Layout Wizard in AutoCAD 2014

Creating a simple paper space layout is straightforward in AutoCAD 2014, thanks to the Create Layout Wizard. (Finally — a useful AutoCAD wizard.) The command name is LAYOUTWIZARD, and the bad news is that [more…]

How to Lock the Viewport in AutoCAD 2014

Think about how often you have to pan and zoom in a drawing in AutoCAD. If you zoom inside a viewport whose scale you’ve set, then — kaboom! — you’ve just blown the scale problem off the map. Luckily, [more…]

How to Add Text to a Drawing in AutoCAD 2014

In AutoCAD 2014, adding text to a drawing is similar to adding it to a word processing document. Even though those in the design world rarely have a desire to use text, it is sometimes necessary. Here [more…]

How to Create a New Text Style in AutoCAD 2014

These steps describe how to create a new text style in AutoCAD 2014 for use with text in a drawing. If you want to experiment with an existing drawing that contains a variety of text styles, download the [more…]

How to Calculate Non-Annotative AutoCAD Text Height

To calculate non-annotative AutoCAD text height, you need to know the drawing scale factor, the desired plotted text height, and the location of the multiplication button on your calculator. Follow these [more…]

How to Use the TEXT Command in AutoCAD 2014

Despite its limitations, the TEXT command in AutoCAD 2014 is useful for labels and other short notes for which mText (multiline) would be overkill. The following steps show you how to add text to a drawing [more…]

How to Use the mText Command in AutoCAD 2014

The first part of the mText command in AutoCAD 2014 prompts you for various points and options. Read the prompts carefully to avoid confusion. Here’s how to use the mText command: [more…]


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