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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 November 2008

Feet & Inches + Inches, Too

Alternate inchesTo me, the Alternate Units feature of a dimension style was used to display Metric equivalents of a dimension. But that was before one of my customers in Alaska showed me this amazing tidbit.

The following process presumes you have created a Dimension Style with the Unit format set to Architectural on the Primary Units tab.

Architectural Units

Instructions to Display Ft′-In″ as well as Inches

Alternate units settings
  1. Launch the Dimension Style dialog box, then create a New dimension style and click Continue.
  2. In the New Dimension Style dialog box, click the Alternate Units tab.
  3. In the upper left corner, put a check in the box for Display Alternate Units.
  4. Set the Unit format to Fractional. This will display dimensions in inches only (See Michael's Corner October 2005, Odd Spot).
  5. The setting for Precision is your call, but then set the Multiplier to 1.00.
  6. In the Suffix edit box, put the inch marks ( ″ ).
  7. The last setting you may want to make is to set the Placement feature radio button (under the preview) to Below Primary Value.

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