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ATP254_Autocad 102 Improving Skills

ATP254_Autocad 102 Improving Skills

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ATP254AutoCAD 102 – Improving YourAutoCAD Survival Skills
 
Segment 1
Date:
 October 5, 2009
Instructor: 
Kenneth Leary
 Level:
Beginning
 Category: 
AutoCAD
Web:
 
www.AUGI.com
 
 
 
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Introduction
Welcome to AutoCAD 102, the second in this series of beginner AutoCAD classes. If you took the firstcourse in this series you should now know many of the do’s and don’ts and how to survive in theAutoCAD world. This course will delve more into the program and reveal some lesser known and,sometimes nearly hidden, powerful commands in AutoCAD. Before long you’ll be able to amaze yourcoworkers with your knowledge of the timesaving features created to increase productivity.We’ll also look into the 2006 CUI menu interface to show you how to create some basic custom menus.Lastly, we’ll throw in some more tips and tricks, because the fans demand it.
Powerful Hidden Commands
There are a lot of powerful commands in AutoCAD that aren’t always taught in most Drafting programs.A majority of experienced AutoCAD users don’t use more than 30 percent of the program. While nocommands are actually “hidden” there are a lot of commands that are not well known but can be verypowerful.
The Properties Command
It’s always good to make new friends. One of yourbest new friends is the
Properties 
dialog box.Keeping with AutoCAD tradition, there’s more thanone way to open it. You can type the word“Properties” at the command prompt, press the CTRLand 1 buttons. or select it from the Tools menu asshown on the right.The
Properties 
dialog box is content sensitive,depending on what object or objects you select willchange what properties you can modify with thecommand. This is such a powerful tool I wouldsuggest leaving it open and moving it to one side ofthe other of your screen.The dialog box can be minimized just like the
Design Center 
and
Tool Palettes 
windows. When you moveyour mouse over the minimized tool bar it will expandto the full dialog box.Good idea: You can “dock” it to side by simply dragging and dropping it beyond the drawingwindow.
 
 
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There are several methods for adding your selection tothe
Properties 
command. The most straight forward wayis to pick the Select button. You can type
pselect 
at thecommand prompt or click on the icon. The icon islocated on the upper right hand corner of the
Properties 
dialog box. The image to the left shows where it islocated.Simply select the entities and hit the enter key and theentities are selected and opened in the Properties DialogOf the three icons, the one on the left is kind of the oddman out. This icon is actually a toggle for a systemvariable, not a command. It toggles on or off the
PickAdd 
system variable.
PickAdd 
controls howselected items are added to the selection set. Here’show it works.Setting
PickAdd 
to 0 turns off the variable. When thishappens the object or objects that were last selectedbecome the selection set. All objects that werepreviously selected are removed from the selection set.You can still add more objects to the selection set bypressing SHIFT while selecting.Setting
PickAdd 
to 1 turns on the variable. Each object selected, weather you pick it, use a window orcrossing, is added to the current selection set. In this case you can use SHIFT while selecting toremove objects from the set.
Quick Select
Quick Select 
is in itself a powerful command. You caneither select the icon in the properties dialog or type
Qselect 
at the command prompt. With
Quick select 
youcan select or remove objects by their specific properties.Using you
Quick Select 
you can filter selection sets byproperty (such as color or linetype) and by object type(circles, text, plines). You can either choose the specificobjects from a group of objects in a selected set (windowor crossing) or from the all the objects in the drawing.For example, you can select all of the yellow text in adrawing without selecting any other objects or you can select all objects except the yellow text.Note: Keep in mind when selecting entities by property first consider whether theseproperties are by entity or BYLAYER for any objects in your drawing. For example, an

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