Quickly Make a new Viewport

Here is a quick tip to quickly make a new paper space viewport.

Set the layer to what you want the viewport frame to be on. It is best to use a designated layer for viewports that are set to not plot. Please don’t use the layer “DEFPOINTS” for viewports. You may run into some weird issues. For an example of what issue can arise from using DEFPOINTS on objects, see this post:

Below is an example of a few layers in the “Layer Manager”. Notice that the “Viewport” layer is set to not plot.

Layer for Viewports set to not plot

While in “Paper Space” is active (Layout1) Go to the “Layout” tab on the ribbon > “Layout Viewports” panel > –VPORTS tools (big button tool)

Layout Viewports of the ribbon

The command -VPORTS  or by using the tool on the ribbon you will have options like making a polygon or selecting an object such a closed polyline, circle or ellipse to be the shape of the viewport. If you don’t need these options, you can quickly use the command alias MV <enter> and then pick 2 points to define a rectangle and your viewport is made…



About AutoCAD Tips

This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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8 Responses to Quickly Make a new Viewport

  1. Jason says:

    Thanks for posting this. Huge help as I’m used to “old” AutoCAD versions.

    • The Dean says:

      in the upper ribbon where you can open/save/saveas etc etc. you can change it to look like AutoCAD classic.

  2. me says:

    Dont ever draw on or manipulate or erase defpoints!

  3. Darius says:

    Thank you!

  4. BUNMI says:

    From my understanding,I think viewport is also use to scale drawing before plotting? Please speake on this. As I want to use viewport for my students in the next class at http://www.nairapoint.com .

  5. Benja says:

    Thank you for the solution to show new viewports!! I was searching for the solutions a couple of hours.

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