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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…

February - There He Is, Out Standing in His Field

Out standing in his fieldAutodesk University speakerIt's old news to many of you by now, but I'm still pretty excited about receiving the Autodesk University Speaker Award for Hands-On Labs. My seminar, ‘Click My Ride: Customizing Autodesk® AutoCAD® for How You Work’, received the highest feedback rating among all the labs at AU. With over 700 seminars and labs, the competition was pretty substantial, so this award—for me—is the top of the heap. So however you may want to look at it, I guess I'm out standing in my field.

To continue with that ‘Click My Ride’ theme, in this (now bi-monthly) column, I want to take a look at a couple automation tools, as well as some of the things that we go back and forth with in our daily AutoCAD activities.

…Running a script from the Quick Access Toolbar
…Useful routines for the ACADDOC.LSP file
…Layer column arrangement options
…The fundamental power of Layer Previous

Hope this finds you all well on your way to a productive and prosperous 2014, and keep up the good work!

This month's articles

Running a Script with One Click
ACADDOC.LSP
Layer Column Positioning
Layer Previous

From the Vault

Originally published September 2007

Hidden 3D Orbit

Where do they come up with this stuff? If any of you knew about this, I'm late to the party, but I was very jazzed to learn about this and I wanted to pass it along. So there I am, doing some AutoCAD training at a Herman Miller dealer in Michigan, when my good friend Beth says, "Hey, check this out!"

If you have your normal wheel-mouse that's set to zooming when you scroll it, and panning when you push it down like a button, here's what she found: Hold down the Shift key, then push the wheel down like it was a button… and drag it like you're panning.

Presto! 3D Orbit!

Ah yes. To put things back the way they were before you started that, use ZoomPrevious.

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