Category Archives: Settling In

How to Fix Blocky Circles & Arcs

If you have worked on large drawings or have had to zoom in and out a lot you may have noticed that curved objects like circles and arcs appear blocky or look more like polygons rather than circles. Don’t worry, … Continue reading

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Circles: 3Point and Tan, Tan, Tan

If you have made the switch to the Ribbon from the beloved toolbars, there is a new tool that is only available via the ribbon. That’s right, even if you switch back over to “AutoCAD Classic” (toolbars) this circle tool … Continue reading

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Deselect Objects from Selection Set

If you selects objects and then realize that you selected an object or two on accident, removing those objects is really simple. Also, it may be quicker to make a selection set and remove objects from the selection set than … Continue reading

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Nudge – New in 2012

here is a quickie that I have come to use a lot. This feature is new in AutoCAD 2012 It is called “nudging” and is a way of moving things in your drawing without using your mouse. Well, not completely. … Continue reading

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Quickly Make a new Viewport

Here is a quick tip to quickly make a new paper space viewport. Set the layer to what you want the viewport frame to be on. It is best to use a designated layer for viewports that are set to … Continue reading

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Printer Margins

Some one asked me yesterday, “what are the dashed lines that I see when I am in a layout tab?” Simplified answer: These are the boundary lines that show you the printable area of that Layout Tab’s sheet size and … Continue reading

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Fast Pan

Here is crazy way to pan across your drawing. It will take some practice to get used to but if you are having to pan across a large drawing, this can be a useful tip. Hold CTRL Press and hold the mouse … Continue reading

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