Category Archives: Layout

Issues With Using DEFPOINTS for Viewports

It may seem like a great idea to use the layer “DEFPOINTS” as the layer for your viewports since it doesn’t plot by default. And you may have heard from various posts that you shouldn’t do so but may have not … Continue reading

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Helpful Settings for Plotting 3D Solids in AutoCAD

This post isn’t a fix-all solution but it has helped printing/plotting issues that I’ve recently encountered. There are some helpful AutoCAD variables and an adjustment to your preferred “Visual style(s)” that can help make printing 3D solids look correct in … Continue reading


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DVIEW with a Twist: Rotating a Viewport View

Not everything that we draft or model in AutoCAD is at 90 degree increments. For this reason when we want to make our model aligned with the sheet of paper. Shown below is a house that has 2 major axis. … Continue reading

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AutoCAD 2013: Adding the Layout Tab to the ribbon

Today’s tip shows how to add the new ribbon tab called “layout” to the ribbon if it doesn’t exist. If your installation of AutoCAD 2013 doesn’t display this tab it is most likely because during installation, settings were migrated. Because … Continue reading

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Pan a Distance Within a Viewport

Need to pan your view within a viewport a specific distance? Here’s how: Double click the viewport to activate it -P <enter> to start the pan command in the command line Pick a point inside of the viewport to specify … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Apply Current Page Setup To All Layout Tabs

The title of today’s routine pretty much explains what this LISP routine does. You must have the layout tab active with the correct page setup current on that tab as well. Here’s how: CPS <enter> To start and run ~enjoy … Continue reading

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Viewport Clip

Say that you have a default rectangle viewport already set – you have the scale set and dimensions and the multileaders points to objects in your viewport. But then you want to trim some of the objects out of the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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AutoCAD 2013 Annotation Monitor

The new “Annotation Monitor” is shown as “AM” in the drafting setings toggles in the status bar. I suggest that users turn these settings to text instead of the icons. The reason for this is because what usually what happens … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Align Viewports Vertically

Link to This routine compliments the previous routine quite nicely. But this time it aligns viewports vertically. The same tip that I mentioned in the previous tip applies here as well. If you need to cycle through to another … Continue reading

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