Cheat Sheet

AutoCAD 2010 For Dummies

From AutoCAD 2010 For Dummies by David Byrnes

AutoCAD 2010 is both powerful and complex. Setting it up to conform to the standards you want is the first step in using it. Whether you work in inches and feet or millimeters, you have to know the size limits associated with the scale you’re working to. And whatever you’re working on, AutoCAD's keyboard shortcuts make accomplishing certain tasks quick and easy.

How to Set Up the AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Functions

Using AutoCAD 2010 enables you to do amazing things if you just set it up right before you get started. The following table shows AutoCAD commands in both the ribbon application and classic menus and describes what each does:

Ribbon / Application Menu Classic Menu Command Description
Model Space
1. Application menu→New→Drawing File→New NEW (Ctrl+N) Specifies a template drawing (DWT file)
2. Application menu→Drawing Utilities→Units Format→Units UNITS Specifies linear and angular units
3. None Format→Drawing Limits LIMITS Specifies working area
4. View tab→Navigate panel→Zoom drop-down flyout→All View→Zoom→All ZOOM, All Zooms to limits
5. None Tools→Drafting Settings DSETTINGS Specifies snap and grid spacings
6. None None LTSCALE Sets linetype scale
7. Home tab→Annotation panel→ Dimension Style Format→Dimension Style DIMSTYLE Sets dimension scale (on the Fit tab)
8. Application menu→Drawing Utilities→Drawing Properties File→Drawing Properties DWGPROPS Enters drawing informational properties
Paper Space
9. None Tools→Wizards→Create Layout LAYOUTWIZARD Creates a paper space layout
10. Quick Access toolbar→Save File→Save QSAVE (Ctrl+S) Saves the drawing

Keyboard Shortcuts for AutoCAD 2010

The keyboard shortcuts in AutoCAD 2010 let you accomplish tasks at the press of a key or two. The following table shows some of the most-used AutoCAD commands and their shortcut keys:

Keyboard Shortcut Command Purpose
Ctrl+S QSAVE Saves the drawing
Ctrl+O OPEN Displays the Select File dialog box
Ctrl+P PLOT Displays the Plot dialog box
Ctrl+Tab None Switches to the next open drawing
Ctrl+PgUp/Ctrl+PgDn None Switches to the previous/next tab in the current drawing
F2 TEXTSCR Toggles the AutoCAD Text Window on and off
F3 OSNAP Toggles running object snap mode on and off
F8 ORTHO Toggles ortho mode on and off
F9 SNAP Toggles snap mode on and off
F10 POLAR Toggles polar mode on and off

AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Scale and Limits Charts: Feet and Inches

AutoCAD 2010 helps you design nearly anything you can think of, but you do have to recognize some limits. The following table shows limits for drawing scales from 1/16 of an inch to 3 inches to a foot:

Drawing Scale 8-1/2" x 11" 11" x 17" 24" x 36" 30" x 42" 36" x 48"
1/16" = 1'–0" 136' x 176' 176' x 272' 384' x 576' 480' x 672' 576' x 768'
1/8" = 1'–0" 68' x 88' 88' x 136' 192' x 288' 240' x 336' 288' x 384'
1/4" = 1'–0" 34' x 44' 44' x 68' 96' x 144' 120' x 168' 144' x 192'
1/2" = 1'–0" 17' x 22' 22' x 34' 48' x 72' 60' x 84' 72' x 96'
3/4" = 1'–0" 11'–4" x 14'–8" 14'–8" x 22'–8" 32' x 48' 40' x 56' 48' x 64'
1" = 1'–0" 8'–6" x 11' 11' x 17' 24' x 36' 30' x 42' 36' x 48'
1-1/2" = 1'–0" 5'–8" x 7'–4" 7'–4" x 11'–4" 16' x 24' 20' x 28' 24' x 32'
3" = 1'–0" 2'–10" x 3'–8" 3'–8" x 5'–8" 8' x 12' 10' x 14' 12' x 16'

AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Scale and Limits Charts: Millimeters

You work to scale when you design using AutoCAD 2010. And because you work to scale, the boundary of a project depends on the scale you’re using and the size of the paper you’re going to print it on. The following table shows the limits for various scales in millimeters:

Drawing Scale 210 x 297 mm 297 x 420 mm 420 x 594 mm 594 x 841 mm 841 x 1,189 mm
1:200 42,000 x 59,400 mm 59,400 x 84,000 mm 84,000 x 118,800 mm 118,800 x 168,200 mm 168,200 x 237,800 mm
1:100 21,000 x 29,700 mm 29,700 x 42,000 mm 42,000 x 59,400 mm 59,400 x 84,100 mm 84,100 x 118,900 mm
1:50 10,500 x 14,850 mm 14,850 x 21,000 mm 21,000 x 29,700 mm 29,700 x 42,050 mm 42,050 x 59,450 mm
1:20 4,200 x 5,940 mm 5,940 x 8,400 mm 8,400 x 11,880 mm 11,880 x 16,820 mm 16,820 x 23,780 mm
1:10 2,100 x 2,970 mm 2,970 x 4,200 mm 4,200 x 5,940 mm 5,940 x 8,410 mm 8,410 x 11,890 mm
1:5 1,050 x 1,485 mm 1,485 x 2,100 mm 2,100 x 2,970 mm 2,970 x 4,205 mm 4,205 x 5,945 mm
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