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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…

June - Once Upon a Time

The Explode buttonMaybe it's because I'm just older (old!?), but I sure do miss the dynamite on the Explode button. Oh, wait here it is now! Really?

While Autodesk keeps putting new stuff in, I just want to make sure you know how to use the old stuff as efficiently as possible before moving on. To that end, I have a rather eclectic collection of customization bits that can be applied to all currently supported versions of AutoCAD. (How was that for being vaguely specific on where this tricks will work!?)

…Tweaking the Double Click Action to launch the earlier Edit Attributes dialog box.
…Putting the dynamite .BMP back on the Explode button.
…Viewing the Properties of the current Workspace.
…Modifying the plot scale list displayed when choosing a plot scale for a viewport.

When it's all said & done, however, it's all about economy of movement, productivity… and going home a wee bit sooner.

Hope you enjoy these!

This month's articles

Set ATTEDIT as the Double-Click
Original Explode Button
Properties of the Workspace in the CUI
Shorten the Plot Scales List in a Viewport

From the Vault

Originally published December 2008

Locked Layers Fade Value

Layer SettingsI wrote about the variable LAYLOCKFADECTL in July 2007 which is the variable that adjusts the fade value for locked layers. Very clunky to say the least. In A2009, however, we now have a slider for that adjustment.

Instructions to Adjust the Layer Lock Fading in A2009

  1. Open a drawing, then open the Layer Properties Manager.
  2. In the upper right corner, click on the wrench icon which will open the Layer Settings dialog box.
  3. Under Isolate Layer Settings, click the radio button for Lock And Fade, the you can adjust the slider.
Fade slider

…but then, by the time you have done that, you could have typed LAYLOCKFADECTL and entered an integer between -90 and 90. Which then begs the question, "what happens if the number is less than 0?"

Per AutoCAD's Help: When the value is negative, locked layers are not faded, but the value is saved for switching to that value by changing the sign.

Reason enough to file this under "Odd Spot".

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