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Michael BeallMichael's Corner is a monthly publication written by Michael E. Beall, Autodesk Authorized Author and peripatetic AutoCAD trainer. Michael travels all over the USA, bringing his fantastic experience and great understanding of AutoCAD to his clients. Michael's Corner brings together many of the tips, tricks and methods developed during these training sessions for the benefit of all users.

Michael's Corner provides something for every AutoCAD user. Every month, a number of articles cover a wide range of topics, suitable for users at all levels, including "The Basics" for those just starting out. Essentially, the aim of Michael's Corner is to help all AutoCAD users work smarter and faster.

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This month…

April - Ch-ch-ch-Changes

It's that time of year again and you have all probably found numerous reviews of AutoCAD 2016 scattered around the internet. This month's offering does have one A2016-specific bit of insight for you that I think you'll find very relevant, (even if you aren't moving all the way up to A2016), in addition to a few ‘under-the-hood’ features that came up in training recently.

So this time we're considering…

…How to transfer your Quick Access Toolbar content from your current AutoCAD version to another version
…The technique to toggle to other multifunction grip options
…Where to find the tool that allows you to divide a split viewport in Model space
…What to do if the block changes in your block source drawing (for your tool palette)

AutoCAD 2016's looking pretty good to me and I'm really excited about writing more about it in the months ahead!

…and I am SO glad Spring is here!

Carry on, friends!

This month's articles

Transferring Your Quick Access Toolbar to AutoCAD 2016
Multifunction Grip
Split the Split Viewports
Update the Source File Block Edits on the Tool Palette

From the Vault

Originally published February 2010

Setting a Workspace Switch when Launching AutoCAD

I have two major bandwagons these days - Tool Palettes and Workspaces. In a recent training in Albany, NY (shout out to my friends at Accent Commercial Furniture!), one of their questions lead me to check out to see if you could configure the launching of AutoCAD to launch with a specified Workspace. Sure enough!

Set a Switch to Launch with a Workspace

  1. On your Desktop, right-click on your AutoCAD icon (A2008 and beyond will work), then click Properties.

  2. In the Target field, place your cursor after "…\acad.exe"

  3. Add a space, then /W which is the switch that enables you to specify the name of a Workspace.

  4. In quotes, enter the name of the workspace you want to launch AutoCAD with.

Shortcut

Why Bother?

It's like having someone automatically clean up your… kitchen.

After you've cooked a fabulous dinner, at the end of the meal, it sure would be nice to have someone clean up the kitchen. Similarly, at the end of your day, there's a good chance you have moved things around a bit or left Tool Palettes open, DesignCenter down in the corner or moved the command line to another location. With the Workspace switch enabled, you launch AutoCAD and your work environment is right back where you like it!

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