Category Archives: BASICS

Tip: When Tracking Doesn’t Seem to Work

Here is one of the quirky things that AutoCAD does that might throw you for a loop. It involves “Tracking” whether it is “Object Snap Tracking” or “Polar Tracking” they seem to behave differently when Dynamic Input is turned onn … Continue reading

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Shortcut Keys for AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit

Near the beginning of the year a blog post here showed the links to Autodesk’s AutoCAD for Microsoft Windows and Mac’s Shortcut keys (Aliases). They have now made available a list of shortcut keys to Autodesk Inventor and Revit. Below … Continue reading

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Polygon Intro, Reminder and Cool Trick

Hopefully, today’s tip will help you AutoCAD “newbies” and you “old schoolers” The POLYGON tool in AutoCAD creates “Simple Polygons” that are symmetrical. The Polygon tool is located on the Home tab > Draw panel > next to the RECTANGLE … Continue reading

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Shrink The Info Center Search Area to Expand File Name

This tip is simple yet helpful in displaying more of a file name that might be obscured┬áby the upper right “Info Center.” All that you have to do is simply collapse the arrow next to the search field that says … Continue reading

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AutoCAD Grips

AutoCAD grips have come a long way over the years. With the addition of the polyline┬ámid-point grip, I can’t live without them. If for some reason, your grips are not behaving correctly, here’s how to get them back to “normal” … Continue reading

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It’s About Time… Text Frame and Background mask for Text

This new feature only works on MTEXT but that should be fine for most people. With AutoCAD 2016 Mtext can now have a text frame that dynamically sizes itself as you edit the text. Simply select the MTEXT In the … Continue reading

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AutoCAD 2016 New Dimension Tool

Disclaimer: The dimension tool has been overhauled and is kind of “new” The DIM tool (as shown below) is a one-stop-shop for most of your dimensions. You simply launch the tool and start selecting objects or if your OSNAPS are … Continue reading

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