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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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August - Two…

OK folks, just to be clear, I'm not retiring from training, just from authoring Michael's Corner.

I'm having waaaaay too much fun traveling around the planet, meeting new Designers, seeing friends, eating at recommended restaurants. And the most satisfying part is knowing that I'm enabling my customers to be quicker, better, smarter, and faster.

The fate of Michael's Corner has yet to be determined, but I'm still going to be available for training on AutoCAD, CAP Designer, 20-20 Worksheet, Visual Impression, Z-Axis, Revit fundamentals, and next year, CET from Configura.

I will definitely miss this venue for posting AutoCAD tips & insights, but as many of you know, the CADTutor Forum, is ripe with answers to questions you didn't even know you had!

In this next-to-last Michael's Corner, we lift the hood to discover more about…

…Visual Style properties
…Practical applications for a named view
…How to flip back to Model Space with a macro
…Forcing layer colors to Black & White in a viewport
…Creating a dual-display Dimension style with Ft-In, as well as Inches

And for those of you who would like the last 14 years in book form (or PDF), YES, I am currently updating The AutoCAD® Workbench to include 'em all. The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition will be updated to A2017 and, “Lord-willing and the creek don't rise”, will be out in time for Christmas or sooner.

Keep up the good work!

This month's articles

X-Ray Visual Style Update
Named Views
Macro to Switch from Model to Paper
Forcing the Colors to B&W in a Viewport
Dual Dimensions in a Dimension Style

From the Vault

Originally published November 2003

Hyperlink for document management

Wouldn't it be cool if you could launch one drawing from within another one. Or how about automatically going to a website containing product specification.

  1. Click the "Insert Hyperlink" tool on the Standard toolbar (Ctrl+K or Insert/Hyperlink in A2004).
  1. Select the object to receive the hyperlink, then press <Enter> to open the Insert Hyperlink dialog.
  1. Enter the internet URL or click the File button to select a file… any file!
  2. Change the "Text to display" to something more concise.
  3. Choose OK, then hover over the object to see the hyperlink tip.
  4. To open the linked file, select, then right-click on the hyperlinked object, then choose HyperlinkOpen…

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