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Turn OFF Grid in AutoCAD

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by sunithbabu on February 6, 2013

Since AutoCAD 2011, Grid in AutoCAD are displayed by default. This some times makes it annoying for users to work with AutoCAD when Grid is ON in AutoCAD. Here is a simple technique which you can follow to Remove Grid Lines in AutoCAD or Turn off grid in AutoCAD.

Turn OFF Grid in AutoCAD

Gridlines in AutoCAD can be removed by following any of the ONE simple step

1) This method is rather a temporary solution, where in after closing and opening the tool, AutoCAD Grid Lines appears again.

When your AutoCAD Screen is open. You need to press F7 ( Function Key ) to turn Grid OFF in AutoCAD. The command prompt entries are listed below, when you click F7

Command:  <Grid off> ( When you press F7)
Command:  <Grid on> ( When you press F7)


Alternatively, you can turn OFF from the Status Bar (Third Option / Icon ) from Left. See Image below


Turn off Grid in AutoCAD from Status Bar

How to Get Rid of Grid in AutoCAD

In this method we will learn how to get rid of grid in autocad permanently.

2) This method, where in you re-save the default template (*.dwt ) that you regularly work with after switching OFF the Grid. Sounds different ? See below

Open the default template – In my case, its acad.dwt


Acad default template

Once you have opened the file, make sure to follow the steps from 1 on top, i,e disable the Grid by pressing F7 or from the Status Bar clicking the Grid Display Icon. Later, make sure to click from Application Menu the Save As Option, see below


Save As Option in AutoCAD with saving to other formats.

Now select save as option – AutoCAD Drawing Template – *.dwt and choose the file name acad.


Select *.dwt template

You are now done. The Grids will be off next time you Open AutoCAD. The above two options can be used to turn off grid in autocad

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