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How to Use the Parameters Manager in AutoCAD 2014

Both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT include the Parameters Manager palette, accessible from the Manage panels of the Ribbon’s Parametric tab. You can use the Parameters Manager to give all those dimensional constraints [more…]

How to Turn Dimensional Constraints into Annotational Constraints in AutoCAD 2014

After all the hard work of adding dimensional constraints to a drawing in AutoCAD, it would be a downright shame to have to go back and apply regular dimensions, wouldn’t it? Well, you don’t have to. You [more…]

How to Set Up AutoCAD for 3D Drawings

If you’re new to the AutoCAD 3D game and you’ve been working in 2D until now, you need to do a couple of things before you can start a new 3D model in AutoCAD: You have to change the workspace, and then [more…]

How to Create a 3D Template in AutoCAD 2014

Model space viewports enable you to see several views of the model at one time in AutoCAD, each from a different viewpoint. For this reason, model space viewports are especially useful when you’re creating [more…]

How to Create a 2D View from a 3D Model in AutoCAD 2014

Working in the 3D world in AutoCAD can be a little confusing at first. Instead, use the 2D view. Follow these steps to produce a 2D view from a 3D model: [more…]

How to Create and Apply Materials in AutoCAD 2014

Materials can bring your AutoCAD model to life. Materials can be as simple as matte or glossy paint or anywhere between. You can apply representations of realistic, real-world materials such as stone, [more…]

How to Assign a Background to a Named View in AutoCAD 2014

Although your AutoCAD model might look a little more realistic with some user-defined lighting and custom materials assigned to it, its setting might look a little, well, empty. You can assign backgrounds [more…]

AutoCAD 2009 Commonly Used 2D and 3D Commands

AutoCAD 2009 gives you the drawing tools you need to create accurate 2D and 3D designs. Depending on the drawings you create, there are probably going to be some drawing commands you use the most, for [more…]

Choosing AutoCAD 2009 or AutoCAD LT 2009

AutoCAD LT 2009 is a scaled-back version of AutoCAD 2009 targeted at companies that create only 2D drawings and can't (or don't want to) afford the higher price of AutoCAD. AutoCAD LT contains roughly [more…]

Reaching for AutoCAD Help

There will be times when you want to go to the source of all that is AutoCAD to find answers to your questions about using the program. Here are some ways of accessing AutoCAD's Help system: [more…]

AutoCAD 2009 & AutoCAD LT 2009 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

AutoCAD 2009 is both powerful and complex. Whether you're working on 2D or 3D designs, you'll learn some common commands to make drawing more efficient and know where to turn for AutoCAD help. You'll also [more…]

Top Keyboard Shortcuts in AutoCAD 2017

Since AutoCAD came into being more than 25 years ago, the one input method that’s remained constant is typing into the command line. This table lists useful keyboard shortcuts for AutoCAD 2017. [more…]

AutoCAD 2017’s Drawing Scale and Limits in Feet and Inches

In AutoCAD, setting limits correctly lets you display the drawing grid over your working area, among other things. This table lists the dimensions for different paper sizes at different drawing scales [more…]

AutoCAD 2017’s Drawing Scale and Limits in Millimeters

If you prefer to work in millimeters when using AutoCAD 2017, you still want to set your limits correctly. This allows you to display the drawing grid over your working area, among other things. Here are [more…]

AutoCAD 2017 Drawing Setup Roadmap

AutoCAD 2017’s drawing setup can seem complicated at first. This table lists the fundamental setup commands you should use to set up your drawings, what they do, and various ways to find them. [more…]

AutoCAD For Dummies Cheat Sheet

It’s not enough to draw nice-looking lines anymore. If you want to compete in the AutoCAD realm, you need to carefully organize the objects you draw, their properties, and the files in which they reside [more…]

How to Use Dynamic Input in AutoCAD

The F12 key turns Dynamic Input on and off in AutoCAD. When it is active, most command input and responses from the command line are repeated in the graphic area of the screen, close to the current cursor [more…]

Choosing Your Units in AutoCAD

AutoCAD is extremely flexible about drawing units; it lets you have them your way. Usually, you choose the type of units that you normally use to talk about whatever you’re drawing: feet and inches for [more…]

Zooming and Panning in AutoCAD

AutoCAD makes panning easy, by offering scroll bars and real-time panning. In real-time panning (as opposed to pretend-time panning?), you can see objects moving on the screen as you drag the mouse upward [more…]

Techniques for Drawing Objects in AutoCAD

AutoCAD offers a wide range of tools that allow you to create designs in a virtual world that will be accurately manufactured or built in the real world. The 2D and 3D tools that you use require some up [more…]

What is the Difference between the Line and PLine AutoCAD Commands?

In AutoCAD, the Line command works well for many drawing tasks, but the PLine command works better for others. Experience can help you choose which will work best for design needs. The PLine command draws [more…]

How to Edit Hatch Objects in AutoCAD

AutoCAD makes editing hatch objects easy. Editing an existing hatch pattern is simple after you’re familiar with the Hatch Creation tab on the Ribbon. Follow these steps: [more…]

How to Use the ELlipse Command in AutoCAD

The AutoCAD ELlipse command is easy to use. In case you’ve forgotten your ninth grade math, an ellipse is sort of a squished circle although it may be more accurate to say that a circle is an unsquished [more…]

How to Use ByLayer in AutoCAD

In almost all cases, you should create layers in AutoCAD, assign properties to each layer, and let the objects on each layer inherit that layer’s properties. Here are two benefits of using the ByLayer [more…]

Choosing an AutoCAD Editing Style

In AutoCAD you usually spend more time editing than drawing objects from scratch. That’s partly because the design and drafting process is, by its nature, subject to changes, and also because AutoCAD lets [more…]

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