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Maybe it's because I'm just older (old!?), but I sure do miss the dynamite on the Explode button. Oh, wait here it is now! Really?
While Autodesk keeps putting new stuff in, I just want to make sure you know how to use the old stuff as efficiently as possible before moving on. To that end, I have a rather eclectic collection of customization bits that can be applied to all currently supported versions of AutoCAD. (How was that for being vaguely specific on where this tricks will work!?)
…Tweaking the Double Click Action to launch the earlier Edit Attributes dialog box.
…Putting the dynamite .BMP back on the Explode button.
…Viewing the Properties of the current Workspace.
…Modifying the plot scale list displayed when choosing a plot scale for a viewport.
When it's all said & done, however, it's all about economy of movement, productivity… and going home a wee bit sooner.
Hope you enjoy these!
We've all had this happen: You open a drawing you have received from an associate/contractor/customer and only a few layers are displayed. Then you open the Layer Properties dialog box to discover there are quite a few more layers in the drawing that are either Off or Frozen.
The Layer Walk utility will display the content of the drawing's layers one at a time, even if the layer is Off or Frozen. It even works on drawings with Xrefs. Very cool.
To see how Layer Walk works, open a drawing, then turn Off and Freeze a few layers. Now take a look at some of the following features:
Notice the "Restore on Exit" check box at the bottom. If this is checked, when you click Close, AutoCAD will restore the layer state to what it was prior to launching Layer Walk.
Note: After you have completed your tour of the Layer Walk dialog box, to view a layer state that you saved (per step 2 above) click the Layer Manager button on the ET: Layers toolbar to open the Layer Manager dialog box where you will see the name of the saved layer state. Select the name in the list, then click Restore to restore that layer condition. (You could also double-click the name to restore the layer state and close the dialog box).