Category Archives: Settling In

Temporary OSNAP Overrides (Including 3D Osnaps)

When you are in the middle of a command and you need to snap to something that is not currently set in your running OSNAPs, you can use a temporary OSNAP override that will let you snap to the desired … Continue reading

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Lock the Position of your Toolbars and Palettes

Once you get your toolbars and palettes in place, you’ll want them to stay put right? Here is a way to lock there position. Below is an extreme example with every toolbar placed on the screen and 2 palettes are … Continue reading

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XREF Status Bar Button

If you open drawings and want to know if there are any XREFs in the drawing, you do not need to open the XREF manager. Simply look at the bottom right corner of the screen in the status bar. If … Continue reading

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AutoCAD 2013 Property Preview

AutoCAD 2013 has introduced a great new feature that allows you to select objects and then preview their property changes prior to assigning those properties to the objects. This a familiar feature that you may have used in other applications … Continue reading

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AutoCAD 2013: Viewport Configuration Preview

This is a great improvement in AutoCAD 2013. Located in the new panel called “Model Viewports” on the View tab of the ribbon is the normal dropdown list but the improvement is that now you have a preview of how … Continue reading

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AutoCAD 2013 The new Command Line

The command line is perhaps the most notable change in 2013 and I love it. It takes up less room on the screen and yet performs the same for those who don’t want change and yet performs very differently. The … Continue reading

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Zoom to Selected Using the ViewCube

If you happen to have the ViewCube turned on, you now have a quick way to zoom to selected objects. This is particularly easy when you are in a plan view (top view). To turn on the ViewCube: Command Line … Continue reading

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OPTIONS dialog box Current Drawing Settings

Have you ever wondered why you have set the VIEWRES in one drawing and then when you open another drawing, it has changed even though you may have changed it using the OPTIONS dialog box? There are some settings that … Continue reading

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Open the Welcome Screen

We have all done this – we uncheck the box that tells AutoCAD to show the “Welcome Screen” each time AutoCAD opens. But what if you want to open it again and check out some of the “New Features” videos? … Continue reading

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Customize The Pop-Up Notifications

One thing that is great about AutoCAD is that it will tell you if something worked or didn’t work. One way it does this is by showing little pop-up notifications in the lower right hand corner of your screen. The … Continue reading

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