AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies by David Byrnes

By David Byrnes

A smart way to wake up and operating quick with AutoCAD "X"!
If you're simply studying AutoCAD, this pleasant, For Dummies advisor is ideal for you. You’ll wake up to hurry on all of the fundamentals and begin developing second and 3D technical drawings ahead of you may think. how you can create a uncomplicated drawing, use AutoCAD layout middle, edit your drawings, paintings with dimensions, upload textual content, and masses extra. The publication is simple, effortless to stick with, and comprises sensible guidance and notes that demystify this advanced software program even additional. * will get you speedy in control on AutoCAD "X," the major technical drawing software program from Autodesk * Covers the right way to create a uncomplicated drawing, use AutoCAD layout middle, edit your drawings, use blocks, paintings with dimensions, upload textual content, and draw on the web * comprises updates at the most modern good points in AutoCAD “X” concentrating on those who topic such a lot to newcomers * makes use of the preferred For Dummies method, which breaks down this intimidating subject into priceless, useful recommendation and how-tos for genuine humans
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Click one more time to revert to the full Ribbon. Instead of menus of grouped commands like Draw, Modify, Insert, and so forth, the tabs are organized by task as follows: ✓ Home: The Home tab contains Draw, Modify, Layers, Annotation, Block, Properties, Utilities, and Clipboard panels. Some panels may be displayed as collapsed depending on your screen resolution (the Tables, Markup, and Annotation Scaling panels at the right end of the Annotate tab in Figure 2-5 is in a collapsed state). I cover most of the commands in these panels in other parts of the book.

Clicking this button displays the Check Standards dialog box. AutoCAD’s CAD Standards functions are not included in AutoCAD LT. I don’t cover standards checking in this book. ✓ Manage Xrefs: You won’t see this combination button and notification symbol until you open a drawing that contains xrefs (external DWG files that are incorporated into the current drawing). Chapter 18 tells you how to use xrefs and what the Manage Xrefs button does. Status Bar Menu: When you click the easy-to-miss, downward-pointing arrow near the right end of the status bar, you open a menu with options for toggling off or on each status bar button.

The Application Menu is divided into ten categories, as follows: ✓ New: Create a new drawing from a list of templates or create a new sheet set (not in AutoCAD LT, and in any case, I don’t cover sheet sets in this book). ✓ Open: Open an existing drawing or sheet set for editing, or import data from a MicroStation DGN file into a new AutoCAD drawing. ✓ Save: Save the current drawing in the current location; if the current drawing hasn’t been saved, you’re prompted for a filename and a location. ✓ Save As: Save the current drawing to a new filename and/or location and make the newly named or located file the current drawing.

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