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A different way to create an ellipse or oval

The ELLIPSE command is the usual way to create an ellipse — or oval — but there’s a different way that may be more intuitive for you.

Here are the steps:

Draw a rectangle. Select the rectangle. Start the PEDIT command (polyline edit). Choose the Spline option.

Now, select the oval. This is what […]

Create views in your AutoCAD drawing

Do you create large drawings? If so, you probably spend a lot of time panning and zooming. Named views, which are pre-saved displays of part of your drawing, can help! A view can show any area of your drawing at any zoom value.

For the purpose of this tip, I’ll stick to views that you […]

Hyperlink to views in your drawing

If you have a big drawing that you want to present to others, you’ll probably create views, but how about a menu to each view?

You can create hyperlinks to drawing views to easily navigate your drawing. Once you go to a view, you can use the View Previous feature to return to your menu […]

Control the shape of objects when you edit them – Keep an equilateral triangle equilateral

Let’s say that you have an equilateral triangle and you want to make sure that it stays that way, even if you grip edit a corner. Because without any restrains, you can just wreck it, like this:


Use Parametrics to control the shape of objects as you edit them

AutoCAD’s geometric parametric feature […]

Select similar objects and apply an editing command to them

Suppose that you want to quickly change the layer of all objects on your WALL layer. Or, you want to change the linetype of all blocks named “dormer” that use the Hidden linetype. Here’s a quick way to select the objects you need.

The SELECTSIMILAR command (starting in AutoCAD 2011) allows you to select objects […]

Move an object the same displacement as previously by pressing Enter 3 times

When you use the displacement method of moving an object, AutoCAD remembers that displacement for the next move.

What is the displacement method? At the Specify base point or [Displacement] <Displacement>: prompt, you specify the X, Y coordinates. For example, you might type 0,4 to move the selected object up 4 units.

Want to move […]

Move objects between model and paper space

Let’s say that you add some text in your drawing, but then decide that the text should really be in a Notes box in your title block.

Or, you add some text in your title block and then think, “No, it should be part of the drawing.”

You can move objects from model space to […]

Keep blocks accessible so you can insert them in any drawing–Part IV: A block library

In previous posts, I explained how to insert blocks from the Tool Palettes window, the DesignCenter, and the Content Explorer. In this tip, I’ll explain how to create block library and use the INSERT command to insert blocks that are in that library.

You don’t need a special tool like the Tool Palette window, DesignCenter, […]

Keep blocks accessible so you can insert them in any drawing–Part III: Content Explorer

In previous tips, I explained how to use Tool Palettes and the DesignCenter to insert blocks. In this post, I explain how to use the Content Explorer to access and insert blocks.

How the Content Explorer works

The Content Explorer was introduced with AutoCAD 2012. In many ways, it’s similar to the DesignCenter, but under […]

Keep blocks accessible so you can insert them in any drawing–Part II: DesignCenter

In a previous tip, “Keep blocks accessible so you can insert them in any drawing–Part I: Tool Palettes,” I explained how to create a Tool Palette tab that contains the blocks you need, and then use that tab to insert the blocks into your drawing.

Another way to easily find and insert blocks is to […]