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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 - Minor Adjustments

The last couple versions have brought with them some subtle updates (that I finally discovered!), and then I've had a few things brewing in my ‘Next Michael's Corner’ collection that I'm finally getting around to posting. Next time, I may just splash a bunch of tips out there. For now, however, scroll down to learn more about…

…A2016's update to the Revision Cloud
…Refine the display of non-continuous linetypes
…Adjust the location of the Layout tabs in A2015 & A2016
…Some techniques to ferret out why a drawing may ‘disappear’

The colors are really starting to come out in the Midwest US and the weather's starting to gently turn cooler. Time to enjoy bonfires and S'mores, fireplaces and chili!

Keep up the good work, y'all and I'll chat with you again in a couple months!

This month's articles

AutoCAD 2016 Revision Cloud
Linetype Tweak
Dock Layout Tabs Above Status Bar
Possible Solutions to the Disappearing Drawing

From the Vault

Originally published April 2012

Display Layout and Model Tabs

My suspicion is that everyone reading this article is familiar with Layout tabs. I'm also thinking that a serious percentage of you have had your Model and Layout tabs 'disappear'… typically, when you're in a really big hurry to plot.

When that happens, you will probably see what I call the 'Darth Vader' button on the Status bar. It's the darkest one down there and it only appears when the Model & Layout tabs have been hidden. But that was probably not a conscious decision.

Display Layout and Model TabsNext time those tabs go missing, right-click on the that icon, then click Display Layout and Model Tabs. (I know, you wish you knew about that last week.)

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