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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.

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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 December 2007

Viewports

The Viewports dialog box is a relatively buried routine that assists in organizing your viewports.

Found under ViewViewportsNew Viewports, the Viewports dialog box has several features (be sure to launch the command when you are on a Layout tab). My favorite feature is the ability to create four viewports for viewing 3D objects.

Viewports dialog box

Try this…
Open a 3D drawing, open a new layout tab, delete the default viewport, then run with the following tips.

  1. Configure the Setup to 3D.
  2. In the Standard Viewports list, click Four: Equal.
  3. Click in the desired viewport in the Preview area, then change the Visual Style.
  4. Adjust the viewport spacing to allow of a bit of a gap between viewports.
  5. Click OK, then pick two corners on the layout tab within which you want the four viewports to be created.
Viewports created

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