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  1. If you're a student learning AutoCAD and are following a course of study such as those at Penn Foster, you can get help with your project work by posting here.

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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Using Associative Dimensions

    There are various reasons for using associative dimensions. Previously the DimAssoc setting only had a 0 or 1 value. This meant all dims were either created as "exploded" or as one unit. Very few...

    Started by irneb‎, 22nd Jul 2011 04:07 pm
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Beginner FAQ

    Before Posting Browse the help file, hit F1 while in Autocad. Run through the 'Learning Assistance' CD tutorials. 1) I can't draw accurately ? Use OSNAPS, found in the TOOLS>Drafting...

    Started by Mr T‎, 6th Apr 2004 09:53 am
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  3. FAQ Article Sticky Thread Sticky: Autodesk Student Software

    Student Software Q: I'm a student, can I get AutoCAD and other Autodesk software for free? A: Yes, you can. You can download free full-working versions of Autodesk software from the...

    Started by CADTutor‎, 7th May 2008 07:41 pm
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  1. leader graphic error

    I was given a drawing with older leaders and found some kind of error. the dot at the end of the leader wont move with the line (in model space). If I look at them from layout space they work as...

    Started by zaphod‎, 2nd Dec 2016 08:29 pm
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  2. Moved: How to shrinkwrap objects with Polyline?

    Started by kashbg‎, 1st Dec 2016 11:52 pm
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  3. Finally upgraded

    We finally upgraded to 2017. before that, I had 2012 on my main box, with 2014 available at another work station. Still trying get some of the bells and whistles the way I like them. I...

    Started by Chilidawg‎, 1st Dec 2016 09:38 pm
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    2nd Dec 2016 12:33 am Go to last post
  4. Moved: Coincident Constraints behavior

    Started by acofem‎, 1st Dec 2016 12:43 pm
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  5. Using the command erase

    Hello Why is it that when I use the command in (command "erase" (entlast)) it selects the entity but does not erase it (is still in mode select) and if I use (command "erase" (entlast) "") the...

    Started by symysgames‎, 25th Nov 2016 09:34 am
    command erase
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    30th Nov 2016 03:22 am Go to last post
  6. empty selection sets

    I often use selection sets in my programming but always encounter difficulties when they are empty. why is it so problematic? is it because of the nature of nil who is a atom and a list at the same...

    Started by symysgames‎, 29th Nov 2016 09:19 am
    selection set
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    29th Nov 2016 09:22 pm Go to last post
  7. Software recommendations needed

    Hi, I'm in need of recommendations of software to purchase to create plans/drawings for railroad crossings. Any help or suggestions to point me in the right direction would be much appreciated....

    Started by cc1‎, 27th Nov 2016 05:14 pm
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  8. Moved: Help with TAGs

    Started by Paris Ogden‎, 25th Nov 2016 02:07 am
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  9. Angry missing status bar

    I'm missing the status bar at the bottom of my drawing, my friend was trying to find the gour command and has messed up my settings. I can't see ortho or snap and right clicking on the bar doesn't...

    Started by mercmattman‎, 25th Nov 2016 01:03 pm
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    25th Nov 2016 01:27 pm Go to last post
  10. 2D solid surfaces in autocad 2000

    Hello I am trying to understand the logic behind the display of 2D solid surfaces in autocad 2000. if you have a same area covered by different 2d surfaces in different layers with different colour...

    Started by symysgames‎, 3rd Nov 2016 12:58 pm
    2d surfaces, layers, surfaces
    • Replies: 4
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    25th Nov 2016 09:08 am Go to last post
  11. New User

    Hi I'm new to CAD, my only use is to create zone plans for fire alarms and maybe add device numbers next to the smoke detectors etc, I have no intention to create a drawing from scratch at this...

    Started by fattony‎, 8th Nov 2016 11:51 pm
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  12. how calculate a precetage of are?

    my GF gives me very complex shape plan and she needs 25 % of area to be filled and seperated. i know the area command but how about tell to the autocad to distinguish 25% off total area???

    Started by omid_221‎, 14th Nov 2016 02:12 pm
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  13. Moved: Setting Vport scale for drawings in meter

    Started by helpme‎, 8th Nov 2016 10:18 am
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  14. Unhappy Understanding Scaling

    Dear Forum, I'm new to using ACAD so please excuse me if my question seems to be simple. I would appreciate if someone can explain to me the following excerpt that I got from one of the ebook...

    Started by zoundwave07‎, 27th Oct 2016 11:03 am
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  15. Useful and Favorite Keyboard / CMD Line Short Cuts

    I'm no pro (not yet) but I have started to keep a running list of keyboard shortcuts that make some things really easy. I'll start. I look forward to seeing what cool steps the actual pro's use. ...

    Started by wallmaxx‎, 3rd Nov 2016 06:19 pm
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  16. Changing the direction of an arc

    Hi - When drawing an arc using the 3 point Start,Centre & End option can you please tell me how you control the angle in which hthe arc is drawn i.e. whether it is to be concave or convex. Kind...

    Started by Stanier‎, 31st Oct 2016 10:48 am
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  17. Drawing United States Map DWG File

    Is anyone aware of a safe and trusted location where I can download a block or drawings of the US (with state borders)? It can be in either DWG or DXF format. I need one for a 4th of July...

    Started by Burner‎, 4th Jun 2010 02:29 pm
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  18. highlight multiple items

    i can not high light multiple items to copy or move. I used to be able to do so but I may have hit something unfamiliar which may have changed settings or properties. I am using autocad...

    Started by edferia‎, 24th Oct 2016 03:58 am
    • Replies: 1
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    24th Oct 2016 04:06 am Go to last post
  19. auto cad written assessment

    Hi I am new to CAD and although I am doing ok with the practical assessments I am struggling to find the info I need for the written work. I need to be able to describe the key features of the CAD...

    Started by Pedr‎, 11th Oct 2016 06:57 am
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    11th Oct 2016 02:39 pm Go to last post
  20. DWG TrueView 2017

    First I am an old member "Onkelbob" who's personal info has changed. I have re registered to make things simpler. I have retired and just recently bought on amazon a new copy of a old autocad 2007....

    Started by OnkelRobert‎, 7th Oct 2016 06:04 am
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  21. Moved: What is Object Snap mode of Nearest?

    What is nearest as object snap mode and where it will be useful to use it?

    Started by khoshravan‎, 3rd Oct 2016 01:35 pm
    nearest, snap
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  22. Question Need to draw a thicker line?

    Hi I am really new to auto cad, can some one tell me how to make my line thicker? I need the line to be bold not sure if i explained myself but im trying, thanks in adavnce.:unsure: Im using...

    Started by New draw1‎, 24th Mar 2007 12:48 am
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  23. Copy and paste into another CAD file

    Howdy... I have two .dwg files open (one on each monitor). How do I copy multiple objects from one file to another, and maintain the proper scale. For example, if one table is 6' x 3', how would...

    Started by Casio47‎, 29th Sep 2016 06:37 pm
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    30th Sep 2016 02:14 am Go to last post
  24. model/paper space tabs disappeared

    how can I get the modelspace and paperspace tabs at bottom left of the drawing screen back? they have vanished for some reason! many thanks to someone with the answer

    Started by br0604bom‎, 3rd Jun 2010 11:04 am
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  25. How do I access the drop down arrow?

    See attachment. How do I access the drop down arrow next to the word "or?"

    Started by chezron‎, 6th Sep 2016 10:29 pm
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