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Michael’s Corner - December/January 2016

Automate it!

It's that time of year when I'm not exactly sure what day of the week it is. The Christmas and New Year period is often a blur of food, family and friends (in a good way) but it highlights the the simple order that work brings to our lives and how that changes when we take a break. Not that I'm yearning for work right now — I'm actually enjoying the fact that it doesn't really matter whether today is a Monday or a Wednesday — that's what R'n'R is all about, right?

Inevitably though, we have to return to work at some point and in this month's Corner, Michael Beall demonstrates how to bring more order, fluency and efficiency to the work you do with AutoCAD in 2016. In the usual format of four short articles, Michael shows us how to improve access to the Select Similar settings, how to improve efficiency with layer states, how to find Ground Shadows and how to add the option to the Quick Access Toolbar and for beginners (or anyone else who didn't know), how to reset a dimension default value. Don't ever let it be said that we sell you short!

It only remains for me to say that I hope you've had a successful 2015 and that 2016 is even more successful for you. I'd also like to thank Michael Beall for yet another year (13, count them!) of excellent articles for Michael's Corner.

Enjoy your New Year celebrations and renewed vigour when you return to work.

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Who is using that file?

If you are unable to open a drawing for editing (read-only) because it is in use, and want to find out who has it open, start a new drawing, or go to a drawing you have open and type WHOHAS at the command line. Browse to the drawing file using the file dialog box and double-click the filename (or select the file and click the Open button). A small message box will appear, showing who is using the file, the name of their PC and when it was opened.

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