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AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies

From AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies by Bill Fane, David Byrnes

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. This guide provides basic information and tools for accomplishing these things, without putting a T-square through your computer screen in frustration.

AutoCAD 2013 Drawing Setup Roadmap

AutoCAD 2013's drawing setup can seem complicated at first. The following table lists ten fundamental setup commands, what they do, and various ways to find them.

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AutoCAD 2013's Top Keyboard Shortcuts

Since AutoCAD came into being more than 25 years ago, the one input method that’s remained constant is typing into the command line. The following table lists useful keyboard shortcuts.

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AutoCAD 2013'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. The following table lists the dimensions for different paper sizes at different drawing scales in AutoCAD 2013.

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AutoCAD 2013's Drawing Scale and Limits in Millimeters

If you prefer to work in millimeters when using AutoCAD 2013, 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 the dimensions for different paper sizes at different drawing scales.

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