How to Change Background Color in AutoCAD 2015

AutoCAD 2015 Release Date was announced on March 27th 2014. It marks the 29th release and 20th Version. AutoCAD 2015 from Autodesk  has many new features added to it and few are Line smoothing (anti-aliasing), Windows 8.1 support etc. In this post we will look at how to change background color in AutoCAD2015. Background color in AutoCAD was by default black in most releases and so is this release too. However, this release of AutoCAD 2015, color in AutoCAD has some new improvements and we will look at them one by one. The method remains the same in AutoCAD 2014 too.

How to Change Background Color in AutoCAD 2015.

In order to change the background color, just type the command ” Options ” (without the quotes) in the command prompt. Now click on Display Tab and move the cursor to windows elements ( Colors )

Now you have the options to choose from Context / Interface Element and Color

Eg: In order to change Model Space Color to White just select 2D Model Space > Uniform background > Color (white).  Similarly we can change the Sheet Layout / Command Line / Plot Preview colors in autocad 2015.

I guess the procedure on How to Change the Background Color in AutoCAD 2015 is easy. In case you know some other ways to change, do share your comments. The procedure is the Same for AutoCAD 2014, AutoCAD 2013, AutoCAD 2012 , AutoCAD 2011 & AutoCAD 2010.


Speed up Display in AutoCAD

Speed up Display in AutoCAD

Some default settings in AutoCAD slow down its display and you may want to turn them off or change them. Here are some ideas. Please add a comment to contribute your own display speed tips!


A large drawing with lots of text can slow down your work. Here are some text tips.


Quicktext turns text into rectangles and quickens your regens. Use the QTEXT command and choose on (displays rectangles) or off (displays the text). Then use the REGEN command .

Here you see regular text on the left and quicktext on the right.

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How to Select Similar Objects in AutoCAD

In a recent AutoCAD Software training program, a student asked me How to Select Similar Objects in AutoCAD. So I showed him what is called AutoCAD Select Similar Command. This Command Select Similar Mode was introduced way back in AutoCAD 2011. In this post we will look at how to make use of the Select Similar AutoCAD Command.

How to Select Similar Objects in AutoCAD

AutoCAD Select Similar Mode

The simplest way to work with Select Similar Command is to select an object and then right click and select the option “Select Similar” see image below

Select Similar Objects in AutoCAD

If you look at the above image, a circle is selected and when right clicked and after selecting Select Similar Option, we can notice that another circle too has been selected as shown below

Select Similar AutoCAD

AutoCAD Select Similar Settings

The AutoCAD Select Similar Settings can be opened when after clicking on Select Similar and later selecting settings

Select Similar Settings in AutoCAD

Select objects or [SEttings]: SE

The AutoCAD Select Similar Settings helps us to choose from Color, Layer, Linetype, Linetype scale, Plot style, Object style and Name

Using the SELECTSIMILARMODE system variable

The SELECTSIMILARMODE system variable lets you preselect which settings AutoCAD uses when you select an object and use the SELECTSIMILAR command without opening the dialog box.  The value is a bitcode, which means that it is the sum of the options you choose. The default is 130, which is 2 (layer) + 128 (name).

Here are the bitcode values you can use:

0 Object type
1 Color
2 Layer
4 Linetype
8 Linetype scale
16 Lineweight
32 Plot style
64 Object style, including text styles, dimension styles, and table styles
128 Name, for referenced objects including blocks, xrefs, and images

Also learn more about Selecting Objects in AutoCAD

How to Select Objects in AutoCAD

In this post we will review How to Select Objects in AutoCAD. Picking AutoCAD Objects may some times be a time consuming process especially when we have complex drawings or when we have AutoCAD 3D Objects. Selection of Objects in AutoCAD can be done by many ways, however the help within AutoCAD is not that promising for users to know the different ways to select autocad objects.

How to Select Objects in AutoCAD

There are different ways to select autocad objects, a few are listed below

AutoCAD Objects Selection

The various options that are included in SELECT Command can be seen by typing ? after entering SELECT in command prompt

Command: SELECT
Select objects: ?
Expects a point or Window/Last/Crossing/BOX/ALL/Fence/WPolygon/CPolygon/Group/Add/Remove/Multiple/Previous/Undo/AUto/SIngle/SUbobject/Object

Selection by picking

AutoCAD Objects can be selected just by picking them see the figure below

AutoCAD Objects Selection - Picking Points

AutoCAD Command Prompt

Command: SELECT
Select objects: 1 found
Select objects:

Selection by Cross Window (CP)

  • Drag from left to right to select all objects entirely enclosed in the selection rectangle (window selection).
  • Drag from right to left to select all objects crossed by the selection rectangle (crossing selection).
  • Enter SELECT and a ? at the prompt to see a list of selection options.
  • Crossing or Window is used in below case

Press Enter to end object selection

AutoCAD Objects Selection

Note: To deselect objects, SHIFT-click individual objects, SHIFT-drag across multiple selected objects, or press ESC to deselect all selected objects.

Selection by Fence Command

A user can ensure AutoCAD Objects can be selected by using the ” Fence Command ” This is rather a simple process – When you are in Select Command, type F and you will be prompted to use the Fence Command. By creating a fence around the autocad objects of interest, the selection is complete.

AutoCAD Objects Selection - Fence Command

AutoCAD Command Prompt

Command: SELECT
Select objects: f
Specify first fence point:
Specify next fence point or [Undo]:
Specify next fence point or [Undo]:
Specify next fence point or [Undo]:
Specify next fence point or [Undo]:
7 found

Selection by Window Polygon 

AutoCAD Objects can also be selected by Window Polygon selection (WP) after you type Select Command. This enables the selection of objects that are within the polygon selection.

AutoCAD Objects Selection - Window Polygon

AutoCAD Command Prompt

Resuming SELECT command.
Select objects: WP
First polygon point:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
2 found

Selection by Crossing Polygon

This process is similar to Cross Window selection.  CP

AutoCAD Objects Selection - Crossing Polygon

AutoCAD Command Prompt

Command: SELECT
Select objects: ?
Expects a point or Window/Last/Crossing/BOX/ALL/Fence/WPolygon/CPolygon/Group/Add/Remove/Multiple/Previous/Undo/AUto/SIngle/SUbobject/Object
Select objects: CP
First polygon point:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
Specify endpoint of line or [Undo]:
8 found


Sometimes it’s easier to select all elements then remove some of them from your selection set. You can do this by holding [shift] and select object you want to exclude. OR, you can type R then [enter] to switch to remove mode.

To activate add objects, type A then [enter].

Select Previous Selection or Last Object

Did you ever want to select your previous selection?  Easy, just type P then [enter] when AutoCAD ask you to do selection! What about last object created? Either the last drawn or result from modify operations such as copy. Type L then [enter]!

Cycle Overlapping Objects

If you have many overlapped drawing elements or close to each other, and you are too lazy to zoom in, you can cycle between them by pressing [shift] + [space]. Hold your [shift] key, and press [space] several times until you found your object. Release your keyboard key, then click your mouse.

AutoCAD Objects Selection Additional Commands


AutoCAD Command Cheat Sheet

This AutoCAD Command Cheat Sheet contains all the Alphabets. This contains a List of Common AutoCAD Commands that are useful to designers and engineers.

A List of AutoCAD Keyboard Commands include from letter A to Z and Numbers.

AutoCAD Command Cheat Sheet

A Command Shortcuts
A ARC / Creates an arc.
ADC ADCENTER / Manages and inserts content such as blocks, xrefs, and hatch patterns.
AA AREA / Calculates the area and perimeter of objects or of defined areas.
AL ALIGN / Aligns objects with other objects in 2D and 3D
AP APPLOAD / Load Application
AR ARRAY / Creates multiple copies of objects in a pattern.
ARR ACTRECORD / Starts the Action Recorder.
ARM ACTUSERMESSAGE / Inserts a user message into an action macro.
ARU ACTUSERINPUT / Pauses for user input in an action macro.
ARS ACTSTOP / Stops the Action Recorder and provides the option of saving the recorded actions to an action macro file.
ATI ATTIPEDIT / Changes the textual content of an attribute within a block.
ATT ATTDEF / Redefines a block and updates associated attributes.
ATE ATTEDIT / Changes attribute information in a block.
B Command Shortcuts
B BLOCK / Creates a block definition from selected objects.
BC BCLOSE / Closes the Block Editor.
BE BEDIT / Opens the block definition in the Block Editor.
BH HATCH / Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient fill.
BO BOUNDARY / Creates a region or a polyline from an enclosed area.
BR BREAK / Breaks the selected object between two points.
BS BSAVE / Saves the current block definition.
BVS BVSTATE / Creates, sets, or deletes a visibility state in a dynamic block.
C Command Shortcuts
C CIRCLE / Creates a circle.
CAM CAMERA / Sets a camera and target location to create and save a 3D perspective view of objects.
CBAR CONSTRAINTBAR / A toolbar-like UI element that displays the available geometric constraints on an object.
CH PROPERTIES / Controls properties of existing objects.
CHA CHAMFER / Bevels the edges of objects.
CHK CHECKSTANDARDS / Checks the current drawing for standards violations.
CLI COMMANDLINE / Displays the Command Line window.
COL COLOR / Sets the color for new objects.
CO COPY / Copies objects a specified distance in a specified direction.
CT CTABLESTYLE / Sets the name of the current table style
CUBE NAVVCUBE / Controls the visibility and display properties of the ViewCube tool.
CYL CYLINDER / Creates a 3D solid cylinder.
D Command Shortcuts
D DIMSTYLE / Creates and modifies dimension styles.
DAN DIMANGULAR / Creates an angular dimension.
DAR DIMARC / Creates an arc length dimension.
JOG DIMJOGGED / Creates jogged dimensions for circles and arcs.
DBA DIMBASELINE / Creates a linear, angular, or ordinate dimension from the baseline of the previous or selected dimension.
DBC DBCONNECT / Provides an interface to external database tables.
DCE DIMCENTER / Creates the center mark or the centerlines of circles and arcs.
DCO DIMCONTINUE / Creates a dimension that starts from an extension line of a previously created dimension.
DCON DIMCONSTRAINT / Applies dimensional constraints to selected objects or points on objects.
DDA DIMDISASSOCIATE / Removes associativity from selected dimensions.
DDI DIMDIAMETER / Creates a diameter dimension for a circle or an arc.
DED DIMEDIT / Edits dimension text and extension lines.
DI DIST / Measures the distance and angle between two points.
DIV DIVIDE / Creates evenly spaced point objects or blocks along the length or perimeter of an object.
DJL DIMJOGLINE / Adds or removes a jog line on a linear or aligned dimension.
DJO DIMJOGGED / Creates jogged dimensions for circles and arcs.
DL DATALINK / The Data Link dialog box is displayed.
DLU DATALINKUPDATE / Updates data to or from an established external data link.
DO DONUT / Creates a filled circle or a wide ring.
DOR DIMORDINATE / Creates ordinate dimensions.
DOV DIMOVERRIDE / Controls overrides of system variables used in selected dimensions.
DR DRAWORDER / Changes the draw order of images and other objects.
DRA DIMRADIUS / Creates a radius dimension for a circle or an arc.
DRE DIMREASSOCIATE / Associates or re-associates selected dimensions to objects or points on objects.
DRM DRAWINGRECOVERY / Displays a list of drawing files that can be recovered after a program or system failure.
DS DSETTINGS / Sets grid and snap, polar and object snap tracking, object snap modes, Dynamic Input, and Quick Properties.
DT TEXT / Creates a single-line text object.
DV DVIEW / Defines parallel projection or perspective views by using a camera and target.
DX DATAEXTRACTION / Extracts drawing data and merges data from an external source to a data extraction table or external file
E-G Command Shortcuts
E ERASE / Removes objects from a drawing.
ED DDEDIT / Edits single-line text, dimension text, attribute definitions, and feature control frames.
EL ELLIPSE / Creates an ellipse or an elliptical arc.
ER EXTERNALREFERENCES / Opens the External References palette.
EX EXTEND / Extends objects to meet the edges of other objects.
EXIT QUIT / Exits the program.
EXP EXPORT / Saves the objects in a drawing to a different file format.
EXT EXTRUDE / Extends the dimensions of a 2D object or 3D face into 3D space.
F FILLET / Rounds and fillets the edges of objects.
FI FILTER / Creates a list of requirements that an object must meet to be included in a selection set.
FSHOT FLATSHOT / Creates a 2D representation of all 3D objects based on the current view.
G GROUP / Creates and manages saved sets of objects called groups.
GCON GEOCONSTRAINT / Applies or persists geometric relationships between objects or points on objects.
GD GRADIENT / Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a gradient fill.
GEO GEOGRAPHICLOCATION / Specifies the geographic location information for a drawing file.
H-L Command Shortcuts
H HATCH / Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient fill.
HE HATCHEDIT / Modifies an existing hatch or fill.
HI HIDE / Regenerates a 3D wireframe model with hidden lines suppressed.
I INSERT / Inserts a block or drawing into the current drawing.
IAD IMAGEADJUST / Controls the image display of the brightness, contrast, and fade values of images.
IAT IMAGEATTACH / Inserts a reference to an image file.
ICL IMAGECLIP / Crops the display of a selected image to a specified boundary.
IM IMAGE / Displays the External References palette.
IMP IMPORT / Imports files of different formats into the current drawing.
IN INTERSECT / Creates a 3D solid, surface, or 2D region from overlapping solids, surfaces, or regions.
INF INTERFERE / Creates a temporary 3D solid from the interferences between two sets of selected 3D solids.
IO INSERTOBJ / Inserts a linked or embedded object.
J JOIN / Joins similar objects to form a single, unbroken object.
L LINE / Creates straight line segments.
LA LAYER / Manages layers and layer properties.
LAS LAYERSTATE / Saves, restores, and manages named layer states.
LE QLEADER / Creates a leader and leader annotation.
LEN LENGTHEN / Changes the length of objects and the included angle of arcs.
LESS MESHSMOOTHLESS / Decreases the level of smoothness for mesh objects by one level.
LI LIST / Displays property data for selected objects.
LO LAYOUT / Creates and modifies drawing layout tabs.
LT LINETYPE / Loads, sets, and modifies linetypes.
LTS LTSCALE / Changes the scale factor of linetypes for all objects in a drawing.
LW LWEIGHT / Sets the current lineweight, lineweight display options, and lineweight units.
M-O Command Shortcuts
M MOVE / Moves objects a specified distance in a specified direction.
MA MATCHPROP / Applies the properties of a selected object to other objects.
MAT MATERIALS / Shows or hides the Materials window.
ME MEASURE / Creates point objects or blocks at measured intervals along the length or perimeter of an object.
MEA MEASUREREGION / Measures the distance, radius, angle, area, and volume of selected objects or sequence of points.
MI MIRROR / Creates a mirrored copy of selected objects.
ML MLNE / Creates multiple parallel lines.
MLA MLEADERALIGN / Aligns and spaces selected multileader objects.
MLC MLEADERCOLLECT / Organizes selected multileaders that contain blocks into rows or columns, and displays the result with a single leader.
MLD MLEADER / Creates a multileader object.
MLE MLEADEREDIT / Adds leader lines to, or removes leader lines from, a multileader object.
MLS MLEADERSTYLE / Creates and modifies multileader styles.
MO PROPERTIES / Controls properties of existing objects.
MORE MESHSMOOTHMORE / Increases the level of smoothness for mesh objects by one level.
MS MSPACE / Switches from paper space to a model space viewport.
MSM MARKUP / Opens the Markup Set Manager.
MT MTEXT / Creates a multiline text object.
MV MVIEW / Creates and controls layout viewports.
NORTH GEOGRAPHICLOCATION / Specifies the geographic location information for a drawing file.
NSHOT NEWSHOT / Creates a named view with motion that is played back when viewed with ShowMotion.
NVIEW NEWVIEW / Creates a named view with no motion.
O OFFSET / Creates concentric circles, parallel lines, and parallel curves.
OP OPTIONS / Customizes the program settings.
ORBIT 3DORBIT / Rotates the view in 3D space, but constrained to horizontal and vertical orbit only.
OS OSNAP / Sets running object snap modes.
P Command Shortcuts
P PAN / Adds a parameter with grips to a dynamic block definition.
PA PASTESPEC / Pastes objects from the Clipboard into the current drawing and controls the format of the data.
PAR PARAMETERS / Controls the associative parameters used in the drawing.
PARAM BPARAMETER / Adds a parameter with grips to a dynamic block definition.
PE PEDIT / Edits polylines and 3D polygon meshes.
PL PLINE / Creates a 2D polyline.
PO POINT / Creates a point object.
POFF HIDEPALETTES / Hides currently displayed palettes (including the command line).
POL POLYGON / Creates an equilateral closed polyline.
PON SHOWPALETTES / Restores the display of hidden palettes.
PRE PREVIEW / Displays the drawing as it will be plotted.
PRINT PLOT / Plots a drawing to a plotter, printer, or file.
PS PSPACE / Switches from a model space viewport to paper space.
PSOLID POLYSOLID / Creates a 3D wall-like polysolid.
PTW PUBLISHTOWEB / Creates HTML pages that include images of selected drawings.
PU PURGE / Removes unused items, such as block definitions and layers, from the drawing.
PYR PYRAMID / Creates a 3D solid pyramid.
Q-R Command Shortcuts
QC QUICKCALC / Opens the QuickCalc calculator.
QCUI QUICKCUI / Displays the Customize User Interface Editor in a collapsed state.
QP QUICKPROPERTIES / Displays open drawings and layouts in a drawing in preview images.
QVDC QVDRAWINGCLOSE / Closes preview images of open drawings and layouts in a drawing.
QVL QVLAYOUT / Displays preview images of model space and layouts in a drawing.
R REDRAW / Refreshes the display in the current viewport.
RA REDRAWALL / Refreshes the display in all viewports.
RC RENDERCROP / Renders a specified rectangular area, called a crop window, within a viewport.
RE REGEN / Regenerates the entire drawing from the current viewport.
REA REGENALL / Regenerates the drawing and refreshes all viewports.
REC RECTANG / Creates a rectangular polyline.
REG REGION / Converts an object that encloses an area into a region object.
REN RENAME / Changes the names assigned to items such as layers and dimension styles.
REV REVOLVE / Creates a 3D solid or surface by sweeping a 2D object around an axis.
RO ROTATE / Rotates objects around a base point.
RP RENDERPRESETS / Specifies render presets, reusable rendering parameters, for rendering an image.
RPR RPREF / Displays or hides the Advanced Render Settings palette for access to advanced rendering settings.
RR RENDER / Creates a photorealistic or realistically shaded image of a 3D solid or surface model.
RW RENDERWIN / Displays the Render window without starting a rendering operation.
S Command Shortcuts
S STRETCH / Stretches objects crossed by a selection window or polygon.
SC SCALE / Enlarges or reduces selected objects, keeping the proportions of the object the same after scaling.
SCR SCRIPT / Executes a sequence of commands from a script file.
SEC SECTION / Uses the intersection of a plane and solids, surfaces, or mesh to create a region.
SET SETVAR / Lists or changes the values of system variables.
SHA SHADEMODE / Starts the VSCURRENT command.
SL SLICE / Creates new 3D solids and surfaces by slicing, or dividing, existing objects.
SN SNAP / Restricts cursor movement to specified intervals.
SO SOLID / Creates solid-filled triangles and quadrilaterals.
SP SPELL / Checks spelling in a drawing.
SPL SPLINE / Creates a smooth curve that passes through or near specified points.
SPLANE SECTIONPLANE / Creates a section object that acts as a cutting plane through 3D objects.
SPLIT MESHSPLIT / Splits a mesh face into two faces.
SPE SPLINEDIT / Edits a spline or spline-fit polyline.
SSM SHEETSET / Opens the Sheet Set Manager.
ST STYLE / Creates, modifies, or specifies text styles.
STA STANDARDS / Manages the association of standards files with drawings.
SU SUBTRACT / Combines selected 3D solids, surfaces, or 2D regions by subtraction.
T Command Shortcuts
T MTEXT / Creates a multiline text object.
TA TABLET / Calibrates, configures, and turns on and off an attached digitizing tablet.
TB TABLE / Creates an empty table object.
TEDIT TEXTEDIT / Edits a dimensional constraint, dimension, or text object.
TO TOOLBAR / Displays, hides, and customizes toolbars.
TOR TORUS / Creates a donut-shaped 3D solid.
TP TOOLPALETTES / Opens the Tool Palettes window.
TR TRIM / Trims objects to meet the edges of other objects.
TS TABLESTYLE / Creates, modifies, or specifies table styles.
U-Z Command Shortcuts
UC UCSMAN / Manages defined user coordinate systems.
UN UNITS / Controls coordinate and angle display formats and precision.
V VIEW / Saves and restores named views, camera views, layout views, and preset views.
VGO VIEWGO / Restores a named view.
VP DDVPOINT / Sets the 3D viewing direction.
VPLAY VIEWPLAY / Plays the animation associated to a named view.
VS VSCURRENT / Sets the visual style in the current viewport.
VSM VISUALSTYLES / Creates and modifies visual styles and applies a visual style to a viewport.
W WBLOCK / Writes objects or a block to a new drawing file.
WE WEDGE / Creates a 3D solid wedge.
WHEEL NAVSWHEEL / Displays a wheel that contains a collection of view navigation tools.
X EXPLODE / Breaks a compound object into its component objects.
XA XATTACH / Inserts a DWG file as an external reference (xref).
XB XBIND / Binds one or more definitions of named objects in an xref to the current drawing.
XC XCLIP / Crops the display of a selected external reference or block reference to a specified boundary.
XL XLINE / Creates a line of infinite length.
Z ZOOM / Increases or decreases the magnification of the view in the current viewport.


AutoCAD Keyboard Shortcuts 2014 on Manage Drawing

In this post we will look at the AutoCAD Keyboard Shortcut 2014 on Manage Drawing

Ctrl+n New Drawing
Ctrl+s Save drawing
Ctrl+o Open drawing
Ctrl+p Plot dialog box
Ctrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+Tab Switch to next / switch to previous drawing
Ctrl+Page Up/Page Down Switch to next tab / switch to previous tab in current drawing
Ctrl+q Exit
Ctrl+a Select all objects

In the next post you will learn AutoCAD Keyboard shortcut on Toggle Drawing Modes

Fitting Text and Arrow in AutoCAD

Every now and then, you’ll need to dimension a small gap or a small part of an object in which dimension text won’t fit. The Fit tab includes a few settings (other than the ones you’ve already worked with) that control how dimensions act when the extension lines are too close.

The Text Placement group contains three options to place the text in tight situations:
Beside The Dimension Line Places text next to the extension line but close to the dimension line. You’ll see how this affects your dimension later.
Over Dimension Line, With Leader Places the dimension text farther from the dimension line and includes an arrow or a leader from the dimension line to the text.
Over Dimension Line, Without Leader Does the same as the previous setting, but doesn’t include the leader.
The options in the Fit Options group let you control how text and arrows are placed when there isn’t enough room for both between the extension lines.

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AutoCAD 2014 Product Key

AutoCAD 2014 Software was released on March 26th 2013, with Autodesk 2014 being the 28th release and 19.1 version. Some the AutoCAD 2014 New Features included File Tabs, Design Feed, Reality Capture and Autodesk Live Maps. However, users have been sending tons of mails as to what is the AutoCAD 2014 Product Key

AutoCAD 2014 Product Key

Similar to Microsoft Office Product Key, here is a list of AutoCAD 2014 Product Key available for use. A user has to be cautious to ensure that these are independent AutoCAD 2014 Product keys and not based on combined product design suites.

AutoCAD 2014 Product Key

Product Name Product Key
AutoCAD 2014 001F1
AutoCAD Architecture 2014 185F1
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 237F1
AutoCAD Design Suite Premium 2014 768F1
AutoCAD Design Suite Standard 2014 767F1
AutoCAD Design Suite Ultimate 2014 769F1
AutoCAD ecscad 2014 562F1
AutoCAD ecscad 2014 R2 562F2
AutoCAD Electrical 2014 225F1
AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite 2014 596F1
AutoCAD LT 2014 057F1
AutoCAD LT Civil Suite 2014 545F1
AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 129F1
AutoCAD Mechanical 2014 206F1
AutoCAD MEP 2014 235F1
AutoCAD P&ID 2014 448F1
AutoCAD Plant 3D 2014 426F1
AutoCAD Raster Design 2014 340F1
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2014 241F1
AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2014 834F1
AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2014 257F1
AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2014 256F1
AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2014 587F1

Drawing Area in AutoCAD

AutoCAD consists of different areas which includes Ribbon Bar, Task Bar and Drawing Area. In this post you will learn some facts about the Drawing Area in AutoCAD.

Drawing Area in AutoCAD

The drawing area in AutoCAD usually occupies around 80 – 90% of the entire software screen. However in the previous posts we have seen How to set Drawing Limits in AutoCAD . When opening a new AutoCAD drawing, the drawing area is roughly around 12 inches wide by 9 inches high. In case of AutoCAD Metric Scale the values are 40 millimeters wide by 30 millimeters high. This is just the area you’re given to start with, but you’re not limited to it in any way. No visual clues indicate the size of the area. To check the area size for yourself, move the crosshair cursor to the upper-right corner of the drawing area and observe the value in the coordinate readout in the lower-left corner. The coordinate readout won’t show exactly 12×9 inches, or 40×30 mm for metric, because the proportions of your drawing area aren’t likely to be exactly 12×9 or 40×30. AutoCAD does try to optimize the display for the drawing area when you choose the All option of the Zoom command.

Drawing Area in AutoCAD

Get out of AutoCAD Viewport

All the time, there are those simple questions with simple answers which are still difficult to users get the solutions answered, one of them is below

How to Get out of AutoCAD Viewport

There was a question raised by a member of this blog – One of my drafters has (IN PAPER SPACE) zoomed inside of the viewport area and double clicked and now looking through into model space. I can’t work out how to get back out of the viewport.

Well the solution is rather simple :

Try PS. Well if that’s still a question of doubt, try this solution ” Also, in the lower, right corner, there is a small black triangle flyout. If you right click on that, you will see a list of buttons to control osnap, polar, etc. Just check beside Model/Paper and that will add the button back down below your command line window. ”

Hope this solution helps for those who are using the different versions of AutoCAD.