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AutoCAD For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From AutoCAD For Dummies, 18th Edition

By Bill Fane

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 the AutoCAD drawing setup, keyboard shortcuts in AutoCAD, and the AutoCAD drawing scale and limits—without putting a T-square through your computer screen in frustration.

AutoCAD Drawing Setup Roadmap

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

AutoCAD drawing setup

Top Keyboard Shortcuts in AutoCAD

Since AutoCAD came into almost 40 years ago, the one input method that’s remained constant is typing into the command line. The following table lists useful keyboard shortcuts for AutoCAD.

AutoCAD keyboard shortcuts

AutoCAD 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.

AutoCAD drawing scale feet

AutoCAD Drawing Scale and Limits in Millimeters

If you prefer to work in millimeters when using AutoCAD, 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.

AutoCAD drawing scale millimeters