AutoCAD 2013: Paper Space Viewports

With the new addition of the panel in the “View” tab that only pertains to Model Space viewports [shown here], you might want to know where to set your Paper Space viewports.

In AutoCAD 2013, you now have a new tab on the ribbon called “Layout” (Shown below).

This tab of the ribbon displays differently depending on whether Model Space or Paper Space is active.

Shown below: New layout tab with Model Space active

Shown below: New Layout tab with Paper Space active

All of the old functions (prior to 2013) are available in this new tab.

Previously found by right-clicking a layout tab, creating a layout tab from scratch or from a template is found in the ribbon.

Creating new Viewports is found in the “Layout Viewports” panel

Dont forget that the command alias MV <enter> lets you quickly pick 2 points and easily create a viewport.

I will show more of the features of the new “Layout” tab of the ribbon in future posts. Autodesk has made some great improvements in regards to model documentation which is found in this tab.


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47 Responses to AutoCAD 2013: Paper Space Viewports

  1. javier says:

    Thank you for the post, I didn’t realize there was a layout tab, mainly because when i installed 2013, it asked me to migrate my 2012 settings, and I believe there isn’t a layout tab in 2012. When I migrated my settings, it didn’t show a layout tab. I just selected Drafting & annotation from the pulldown at the top most of the cad window, and it now shows me a layout tab, albeit with not as many options, VP controls are there though. I also want aware of the MV command.
    thank you.

  2. Kyle says:

    Hi, thanks for this post, it helped me too. I’ve just started using 2013 (yesterday), and I think I have come across a glitch. When I create a polygonal viewport, the first time I right click it or bring up its properties, Autocad treats it as a viewport. However, after that first time, when you right click it or bring up its properties, they are all polyline properties, not viewport ones. I can’t figure out how to get the viewport options back. The practical upshot of this is that I can’t toggle viewport lock on and off, change viewport scale, ect.

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      I’d recommend doing a repair of AutoCAD. I tried to recreate the error that you are experiencing and every time I checked it, the polygonal viewport was showing as a viewport in the properties palette.

  3. Robert says:

    The paperspace origin was always at the bottom left of the dashed line that represented the printing extents of the attached printer, which never made sense to me, but now it’s moved and seems to have snapped onto some geometry of my titleblock. This doesn’t make sense either. IF it’s going to change, why not make it the bottom left of the paper that’s been selected to print on?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      I have no idea, What you said totally makes sense though.
      We have a titleblock that acts like this as well. The origin of the titleblock is in between the lower left corner and the lower left dashed line. So when I need to snap to absolute 0,0 I use the pound sign followed by 0,0 ex. #0,0
      I hope that helps.

      • Robert says:

        I’ve also found that when using SOLVIEW and I click on the screen where I want the corners of the viewports to be, that the software seems to be snapping to the dashed line representing the printing extents. This is OK for the first view, and the second, but when trying to orthographically project for the next view, the preceding two viewports are on top of each other. How do I select the view I want, there’s no visual way of determining which one I’ve slected I know they’re trying to add some Inventor functionality every year, but it never seems to be complete, half of the functionality, not all of it. I’ve yet to find the process for adding an auxiliary view. The old SOLVIEW method’s going to be a problem. But I’ve vented now, and feeling much better for it. Thanks

  4. ricardo says:

    hi, i have a problem..the layout tab is lost…. and i try to find in the list… but noup

  5. Brenda says:

    Our office just completed installing 2013 onto 3 computers, no one has the layout tab in the ribbon you show above. Last installation was careful to not allow “migration” for settings, and there is still no tab… suggestions?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      I have one suggestion. It would be easier to show in an image so I will email you as well. If you right click any where on the ribbon, you will see a little right click menu that says “show tabs” and “Show panels” – click on the “show tabs” and see if you see “layout” in the list. These lists are ways that you can control what tabs and panels are shown – that way you dont have tools showing that you may not need… Make sure that there is a check mark next to “Layout”. I hope that this may solve it.

      If not, you may need to turn on the tab through using the CUI command. I can help with that if that is the case – let me know


  6. Gill says:

    Hello, great blog by the way! Very helpful indeed.

    So, i am having a complete brain fail….(i have had a year off from Autocad and am back in the workforce and on Autocad 2013….whoa this ribbon takes some getting used to)….how do i do an isometric viewport?? I want to add an isometric drawing to my paperspace layout and can’t for the life of me remember how to do it?


  7. Behrouz says:


    Thanks for your great help by providing information through this Blog.

  8. Hello i am using the Layout tab and I created a Viewport, how do I show a section without it affecting the rest of my Viewports or the model space? Is there a command for this?

  9. Andrew r says:

    Hi I’m a fairly new user and xref’d some files in. I layed them out using viewports in paper space and it looked fine. When I went to print, none of the viewports were showing up and I was wondering if I needed to change the layers or what? Thanks for any help !

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      When you bring in an XREF it comes into your drawing kind of like a block in that it is all one object and it comes in (as a whole) into your drawing on one layer. Even though the XREF’d drawing might have multiple layers, if the layer that the XREF resides on is a non-plottable layer the whole XREF will not print.
      Hope that helps

  10. Chitra says:

    Hello, What is a shortcut / solution for when you are on paper space, and have already made a viewport and are editing the model from the paper space and are too zoomed in, how do you get back to the paper space without pressing ctrl+z (undo).

  11. jason day says:

    I am having an issue with line type scales being different in viewports compared to model space. I have recently started using Autocad electrical 2013 for drawing mainly electrical schematics. When i, for example, create a dashed line in model space, the dashes appear at a different scale when viewed in paper space. I end up having to trial and error different line type scales in model space order to get an appropriate looking scale in my view port in paper space. I use an A1 and A3 block for all my drawings. Is there any settings i need to adjust so that the line type scales look the same when viewed in model space and paper space.

  12. Lauryanne says:

    I have a problem with the tab layout. I don’t have the icons above:
    – create view
    – modify view
    – update
    – style and standards .
    What do I need to do?

  13. sivakumar says:

    1:1 means what in autocad

  14. Candis Judd says:

    So I am using AutoCAD 2013 AND REVIT 2013 I MADE A CONSTRUCTION SET IN AUTOCAD 2013, and our office is now converting to REVIT, when I try to import one of the sheets from Autocad to revit, it says ” the paper space is empty would you like to import from model space” when I do that it makes it 100 times bigger then what it is in autocad. How do I import the file from paper space to revit. I’ve done this now for 4 other sheets but this is the only one that wont let me import the right way. If you have any suggestions please help!??! I have tried putting it on different layers and still doesn’t work.
    Thank you

  15. Pam says:

    Help!! I’m using CADWorx 2013 and when I put the viewports in 3D Hidden they fade where you can barely see them. When you print preview they look like they’re made of pixels instead of lines.
    Is there a setting to change this?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      When you plot, is the “Plot with Transparency” option checked in the plot dialog box? This forces the plot to be “rasterized” (processed as a picture) instead of vectorized and has been known to create those annoying pixels.

  16. naeem says:

    how to make layer in autocad

  17. Jnanesh says:


    I need some help to get the layout templates in a tool pallet or in a ribbon.
    I created 10 layout templates in the formats A0, A1, …. etc. All of them are in one drawing and in different layout tabs. I need to give these templates to 150 users. First I assume, I can add these layouts to tool palette, like adding blocks, but couldn’t able to do that. Can you please give me a suggestion, how can I give my layout templates to all users?

    Thanks in advance.

  18. Lori Farnsworth says:

    I’m opening a drawing created in AutoCAD 2012 in AutoCAD 2013. My computer got upgraded today. The viewport layer won’t show up in the drawings. All the layers are turned on and there are no layers frozen. The viewport layer also isn’t locked. I’m trying to move the viewport to a different location, but I can’t get the boundary line turned on. Do you know how to get the boundary of the viewport turned on?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      What layer is the viewport set to?
      If it is on the defpoints layer (a common issue) and then you freeze or turn off layer0 (zero) the defpoints layer becomes un-selectable.

      If this isn’t the issue you may need to run a “repair” on AutoCAD.

      Hope this helps

  19. snehal says:

    I want to give dimensions and template only in layout and not in model;hw to do it,plz help

  20. Sam says:

    Why is editing in the viewport from a layout page so slow to respond?

  21. Aaron Hiler says:

    I’m new to AutoCAD 2013 for Mac. I have multiple view ports on the same paper space layout. When I freeze a layer in one, it automatically freezes it in the other view port. I thought it might be because I had copied the view port, so I created a totally new one to test it – same results.

  22. hamzacolak says:

    God bless you :D i am a new User and this is very helpful.

  23. Zubair hussain says:

    i can’t make 2 viewport in PS, when iam making another they removing previous one.

  24. Zubair hussain says:

    Thank you so much its work,MAXACTVP.

  25. cally-anne says:

    I have a complex .DWG that I am currently using at work. It is taking a long time to load the layouts when I click on the tabs is there anything I can do to speed this up? Thank you.

  26. niko says:

    i having an issue. my layout view port do not display the corect drawing in model space. i want to plot section and profile, but in my layout the drawing mesup

  27. sarath says:

    I am create a new layer in autocad and drawn a line but the line not shows on the viewport or paper space.why ?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      It sounds like you have a “Viewport Layer Override” This is where you can control a layer’s properties within that single viewport. You can make the layer not show (as I think this is what you are dealing with) and also change the color, lineweight, linetype…) If you do not want these overrides, try using the command/system variable VPLAYEROVERRIDESMODE to 0 (zero).

      To check to see if there any overrides, go to the layout tab and viewport where the override is and then double click inside the viewport to activate it. Then open the Layer Properties dialog palette (command alias LA). With both the viewport active and the Layer Properties palette open, scroll over to the right of the Layer Properties palette and you should now see more options than you would if you didn’t have a viewport active. They should have a “VP” prefix before them like “VP Color”. Check to see if any of these have been changed in your viewport, especially “VP Freeze”

      Here is some additional help,topicNumber=d0e42539

  28. Peter Bilish says:

    Please help. How can I freeze certain objects in a viewport in Autocad 2013 but still want to show up in paper space. I know this might be simple but can you help. Thanks Peter.

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