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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…

August - Settings and Switches

It looks like the insights I have this time are Behind-the-Scenes / Under-the-Hood kinda things. Tinkering with the mechanics of what makes this squirrely software tick. One of them came from one of the AutoCAD users in the Facilities Department at Facebook, and the rest were the result of my own discoveries or what I saw in my customers' drawings.

On deck this time you'll learn…

…What the AutoCAD 2016 Variable Monitor can do for you
…How to switch the case in text objects
…The trick to suppressing that logo (Heart valve? Hotel in Dubai?) when you launch AutoCAD
…Why you should avoid using the Standard text and dimension styles

Hope you've had a delightful summer!

This month's articles

The A2016 Variable Monitor
The /nologo Switch
Avoid Using ‘Standard’ in Text & Dimension Styles

From the Vault

Originally published April 2009

CADTutor Forum & Discussion Forums in AutoCAD Help

Autodesk discussion Groups

Speaking of Internet access, if you haven't been there, our own CADTutor Forum has an informative array of links to topics and threads from Basics thru 3D. This is one of the first places you should investigate or post your questions when you have "issues" with AutoCAD.

HelpWith each new version of AutoCAD, I'm a big proponent of taking a look at the Help offerings. AutoCAD 2010 has a Help button up on the title bar of the application window (I changed F1 to be Quick View Drawings back in the Power Tool of October 2008), and I was pleasantly surprised to see a direct connection to the Autodesk Discussion Group that is displayed directly in the Help window. You will find similar access to the Discussion Group in AutoCAD 2009, too.

Just thought you'd like to know that Help is literally a click away, whether you add a link to the Forum on a button on the tool palette via the BROWSER command, or head for a Discussion Group in Help.

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