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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…

December - Making it Happen at Autodesk University 2014!

The annual event is always pretty stunning. Thousands of people with the full gamut of skill sets (and then some!) milling about Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on a mission to, basically, kick it up a notch. As this goes to press, I have practiced my hands-on Lab a few times and have worked out the missteps, made the appropriate notes, and have the timing down pretty well.

This final offering for 2014 includes some customizing, as well as a couple features that have been around for quite some time, but I had never thought about them until they were brought up by a customer… which is what has driven these topics for the last 12 years!

With an eye toward a more productive 2015, we have…

…A tip on automating the repetition of a viewport plot scale with the click of a button.
…Some old fashioned display tricks you may find interesting
…An option worth considering if your drawing ‘disappears’ when you Zoom/Extents
…How to keep track of the time you spend in a drawing

Thank you all for your continued interest in Michael's Corner. It was a good year for me with 21 new customers and another country added to my ‘Trained In’ list bringing the total to eleven! The first quarter of 2015 is shaping up nicely already with my calendar already booked into mid-March.

Wishing you all a relaxing and joyful Christmas season and a promising New Year!

This month's articles

Automating the Application of a Viewport Scale
Pan and Zoom Antiques
Zoom Extents = Air
Drawing Information

From the Vault

Originally published June 2006

Bargain tips and tricks III

Open BoxOdd Lots

Did you know?

  • When you Ctrl+V to paste text copied from the Text Window, it is oriented to the WCS, not UCS.
  • When working with tables and you're in the Mtext Editor on the last row of a table, hit Tab to create a new row!
  • If you create a block in a DWG that's open as Read-Only, the block won't go to the palette. If you save the drawing with a new name, the block explodes!
  • Don't use fonts with @ in front of them; it "adversely affects" the rotation of text in Mtext.
  • When in Windows Explorer, if you drag a DWG file into the drawing window of AutoCAD, it is inserted as a block. If, however, you drag and drop a DWG onto the Command line of AutoCAD, it opens it as a drawing.
  • Double-click the wheel of a wheelie mouse and in most situations… you'll get a Zoom Extents.
  • Adjust Dimension definition points (Defpoints) and dimension line placement.
  • When your wheelie mouse doesn't Zoom and just Pans up and down, turn off the Display Scroll Bars in Drawing Window feature in OptionsDisplay.

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