How to Use the Create Layout Wizard in AutoCAD 2014 - dummies

How to Use the Create Layout Wizard in AutoCAD 2014

By Bill Fane, David Byrnes

Creating a simple paper space layout is straightforward in AutoCAD 2014, thanks to the Create Layout Wizard. (Finally — a useful AutoCAD wizard.) The command name is LAYOUTWIZARD, and the bad news is that it’s missing in action from the default user interface in AutoCAD 2014. To run the command, type LAYOUTWIZARD and press Enter. (Or if you’re using the AutoCAD Classic workspace, choose Insert→Layout→Create Layout Wizard).


Although the Create Layout Wizard guides you, step by step, in creating a paper space layout from scratch, it doesn’t eliminate the necessity of coming up with a sensible set of layout parameters. The sheet size and plot scale you choose provide a certain amount of space for showing the model, and wizards aren’t allowed to bend the laws of arithmetic to escape that fact.

For example, a map of Australia at a scale of 1 inch = 1 foot won’t fit on an 81/2 x 11-inch sheet — no way, no how. In other words, it’s garbage in, garbage (lay)out. Fortunately, the Create Layout Wizard lends itself to experimentation, and you can easily delete layouts that don’t work.

Follow these steps to create a layout:

  1. Type LAYOUTWIZARD and press Enter.

    The Create Layout Wizard displays its first page and prompts you to enter a name for the new layout.

  2. Give the new layout a name and click Next.

    In place of the default name, Layout3, it’s a good idea to supply a more descriptive name, such as D-Size Sheet. Or you can call it A1-Size Sheet, if you’re of the metric persuasion.

  3. Choose a printer or plotter to use when plotting this layout, and then click Next.

    Think of your choice as the default plotter for this layout. You can change to a different plotter later or create page setups that plot the same layout on different plotters.

    Many names in the configured plotter list should look familiar because they’re the Windows printers (system printers, in AutoCAD lingo). Names with the .pc3 extension represent nonsystem printer drivers.

  4. Choose a paper size, specify either inches or millimeters to represent paper units, and click Next.

    The available paper sizes depend on the printer or plotter you selected in Step 3.

  5. Specify the orientation of the drawing on the paper and then click Next.

    The icon displaying the letter A on the piece of paper shows you which orientation is which.

  6. On the Create Layout – Title Block page, select None and click Next.

    We don’t recommend selecting one of the two available title blocks, because odds are slim that either of them would fit on the paper size you select in Step 4.

    Earlier AutoCAD releases included a handy set of predrawn title blocks for a range of both imperial and metric paper sizes. Sad to say, all but two of them have disappeared, and those two are still the only ones available in the AutoCAD 2014 Layout Wizard.

    Unfortunately, neither of them is likely to work for you. If, in Step 4, you chose inch as the unit size and any paper size other than ARCH D (36.00 x 24.00 inches), or you chose millimeter as the unit size and any paper size at all, the title block doesn’t fit the sheet.

    When you know your way around AutoCAD, you can always draw, insert, or xref a title block later. You can also add custom title block drawings to the AutoCAD Template folder.

  7. Define the arrangement of viewports that AutoCAD should create, and select the viewport scale for them all from the drop-down list. Then click Next.

    The default viewport scale, Scaled to Fit, ensures that all model drawing objects appear in the viewport, but it results in an arbitrary scale factor. Most technical drawings require a specific scale, such as 1:100 or 1/8″ = 1′-0″.

  8. Click Select Location to specify the locations of any viewports on the layout; then pick the viewport’s corners.

    After you click the Select Location button, the Create Layout Wizard displays the preliminary layout with any title block you’ve chosen. Pick two points to define a rectangle that falls within the drawing area of the title block (or within the plottable area of the sheet, if you chose no title block in Step 6). AutoCAD then redisplays the Finish page of the Create Layout Wizard.

    AutoCAD represents the plottable area of the sheet with a dashed rectangle near the edge of the sheet. If you don’t select a location for the viewports, the Create Layout Wizard creates a viewport that fills the plottable area of the sheet.

  9. Click Finish.

    AutoCAD creates the new layout.

    Like other wizards, the Create Layout Wizard is aimed at new users or at old-timers who have somehow overlooked the introduction of paper space layouts. You don’t need to run the wizard every time you start a new drawing, but you should run it once and then save the resulting file as a template for future drawings.