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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 September 2003

Easy Edges

When using the Extend or Trim commands, you are prompted to "Select boundary edges" or "Select cutting edges", respectively. When you select the desired edges, they highlight, then you press <Enter> and you are then prompted to select the object to extend or trim. Pretty simple.

Curiously, at the initial prompt to "Select boundary (or) cutting edges" in these commands, if you simply press <Enter> rather than picking those edges, AutoCAD makes all objects an edge. Nothing lights up, it doesn't say "nnn objects selected", zip, nada. AutoCAD just moves on to the next prompt to select the object to extend/trim. At that point you pick the objects you want to extend or trim.

Tip: Make sure the Edge setting is set to No Extend.

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