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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…

October - One-derful!!!

It's a God-thing.

I had no idea that 14 years ago I would be given the opportunity to make an impact on the professional lives of so many. Only God knew what was ahead, and hopefully, the contributions I have made through Michael's Corner have equipped many of you to be more productive and a bit more savvy using AutoCAD. And apart from all the AutoCAD bashing that is going on, I'm sure it has a long life ahead.

So, in an effort to keep the AutoCAD fires burning, here's what I have for my final installment…

…A reminder on how to customize your hot keys
…Three Power Tools — one for Zoom, one for editing, and one for Layers
…Two Odd Spots — one for Layers and one for Hatching
…Buried text treasure
…And how to Search 14 years of the Archives

As for what's ahead for me, I will continue to present a variety of AutoCAD sessions — Fundamentals, Intermediate, Customizing, Updates, and 2D & 3D. I will also keep training CAP Designer, 20-20 Worksheet, Visual Impression (those three from 20-20 Technologies, Inc.), and some Revit Fundamentals. Next year I'm looking forward to being very involved in training CET (from Configura, Inc.) when Herman Miller joins the growing number of manufacturers embracing this software that is being touted as the ‘Future of Space Planning’. Personally, I'm looking forward to spending a bit more time with Donna, my lovely bride of 30 years. When this posts, we'll probably be within days of going on our 30th Anniversary vacation to the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson; Ee-Hah! We had such a good time when we went for our 20th, we figured we'd do it again!

Ah, and I'm hoping to have The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition out before snow flies.

And with that, Mike drop! …so to speak.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

This month's articles

Change F1 to ESC
Smoother Zoom
Stretch with Extension
Lock Layers with a Crossing Window
Layer Columns & Hatch Background Color
Text Frame on Mtext

From the Vault

Originally published April 2010

Object Selection Cycling in A2011

Selection previewNote: This is one of many circumstances when the ‘Selection Preview’ feature is quite useful. I highly recommend you keep the default settings for this feature, per the checks shown in this box found on the Selections tab of the Options dialog box [Application menuOptions].

AutoCAD 2011

AutoCAD 2011 improved upon the Selection Cycling feature that can now be toggled on from the Status bar. If you're using the icons, it's the last one in line. If you have disabled the icons, you will see SC.

Status Bar

How to Cycle Through Stacked Objects with AutoCAD 2011

  1. Overlapping objectsOpen a drawing that you know has an overlapping line condition, then launch the desired edit command (this only works with editing commands - such as Move, Erase, etc. - where a pickbox will appear).

  2. Launch any editing command - Move, Copy, Erase, etc. - then click Selection Cycling on the Status bar.

  3. When prompted to ‘Select Objects’, position your cursor over a location where you know the lines overlap. A double-box icon will be displayed above your cursor which, essentially, confirms that more than one line lies below the cursor position.

  4. Selection dialog boxWhen you click that location, the Selection dialog box appears, listing the object types that share that location, along with their color.

  5. Position your cursor over an item in the list and the associated object highlights in the drawing.

  6. To select the highlighted object, click the item in the list and the Selection dialog box closes.

This is the most elegant idea for this process they have had to date.

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