AutoCAD 2011 Drawing Setup Roadmap

By David Byrnes

Part of AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Drawing setup in AutoCAD 2011 can seem a little complicated before you get used to it. The following table lists ten fundamental AutoCAD setup commands in the order you probably use them, explains what they do, and tells you where to find them on the classic pull-down menu system as well as on the Ribbon and Application Menu. If you’d rather type than click, you can enter the full command name or its alias or keyboard shortcut (where available — shown in parentheses).

Ribbon / Application Menu Classic Menu Command Description
Model Space
1. Application menu→New→Drawing File→New NEW (Ctrl+N) Creates a new drawing based on a template drawing (DWT
file)
2. Application menu→Drawing Utilities→Units Format→Units UNITS (UN) Specifies linear and angular units
3. None Format→Drawing Limits LIMITS Specifies working area
4. View tab→Navigate panel→Zoom drop-down
flyout→Extents
View→Zoom→Extents ZOOM (Z), Extents Zooms to drawing extents
5. None Tools→Drafting Settings DSETTINGS (DS) Specifies snap and grid spacings
6. Home tab→Properties panel→ Linetype
drop-down→Other→Show Details→Global Scale
Factor
Format→ Linetype→Show Details→Global Scale
Factor
LTSCALE (LTS) Sets linetype scale
7. Home tab→Annotation slideout→ Dimension Style Format→Dimension Style DIMSTYLE (D) Sets dimension style
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. Application Menu→Save File→Save QSAVE (Ctrl+S) Saves the drawing