Category Archives: Settling In

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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Hatch Gap Tolerance

If you need to insert a hatch in an area that isn’t completely “closed” this may be your new favorite friend. Instead of temporarily making a line to close off the area and then inserting the hatch and then going … Continue reading

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