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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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    11th Feb 2009 10:20 pm Go to last post
  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. Drawing Soffit of Concrete Staircase with Winders to Platform

    Hi Everybody. Need some help on drawing the soffit of a staircase with winders to platform. Any hints would be much appreciated. Have been struggling with this for very long and I have to...

    Started by nicolas‎, Yesterday 09:11 pm
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  2. 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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    24th Sep 2016 01:36 pm Go to last post
  3. 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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    23rd Sep 2016 07:08 pm Go to last post
  4. Moved: Use Table Values to Update a Dimension

    Started by kkennedy‎, 21st Sep 2016 09:45 pm
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  5. Moved: Exporting drawing to CINEMA 4D as spline

    Started by billshalex‎, 22nd Sep 2016 12:58 am
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  6. Moved: Best way to view and dimension out selections of complex geometry?

    Started by oftenly‎, 20th Sep 2016 04:15 pm
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  7. Angry Command line keeps dissapearing

    AutoCAD 2015, command line is gone after I restart AutoCAD. I can type COMMANDLINE to get it back, but it will be gone when I open another drawing. Even saving a custom workspace didn't help :x ...

    Started by pefi‎, 12th Sep 2016 03:49 pm
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  8. Question Trigger autosave even if not idle?

    Hello. As I understand auto save feature only triggers when user is idle for specified amount of time. Is there a way trigger auto save at specified interval, regardless if user is idle or active?...

    Started by vanowm‎, 2nd Aug 2016 10:56 pm
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    9th Sep 2016 11:09 pm Go to last post
  9. How to make the grid extend throughout the model space???

    Hello folks, I toggled grid but it did not create a grid big enough to fill my model space...how do I make it so that the grid is everywhere in the model space?

    Started by StArchitect‎, 7th Sep 2016 06:19 pm
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    7th Sep 2016 10:48 pm Go to last post
  10. Dwg files

    Hi, How can i convert 3d dwg files to obj or 3ds ? I am not very good at using the program so is it easy to do it?

    Started by ilke85‎, 7th Sep 2016 02:52 pm
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    7th Sep 2016 03:50 pm Go to last post
  11. Points in display area

    Hi forum. Please see image above iam not creating any point but when iam clicking any where there are points appearing and if i pan the space they disappear. how to get rid of this problem? ...

    Started by cadsterdyne‎, 3rd Sep 2016 11:09 am
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    6th Sep 2016 10:41 am Go to last post
  12. Change new layout default paper size

    My question is simply: how do I dictate what is produced when I press this button? Right now I'm working off my own Standard.dwt file, where the first layout is set to an Arch D size, but...

    Started by oftenly‎, 29th Aug 2016 07:25 pm
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    30th Aug 2016 03:21 am Go to last post
  13. Getting Started with AUTOCAD

    Hello everyone, I am new to this forum, I have never used AUTOCAD and I am looking to advance my career in the Cable plant field by advancing to Cable Plant Design/engineer, which I am...

    Started by CableTech‎, 22nd Aug 2016 09:52 am
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    23rd Aug 2016 06:06 am Go to last post
  14. Missing info when drawing REC

    Hi guys, Using Autocad LT 2016 Mac. Normally when drawing rectangle you get live box next to it showing how big it is as you are drawing it. On my version of autocad when I draw the...

    Started by nowikovs12‎, 16th Aug 2016 04:38 pm
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    17th Aug 2016 09:06 am Go to last post
  15. Drawing What object is this?

    Dear Gurus I have this object in my cad file, but i don't know what is this. how to make it and break it? help me pleaseeeee!

    Started by bienda‎, 2nd Aug 2016 08:01 am
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  16. Locked first line...

    Just had the following problem manifest itself recently that I've not had previously. Whenever I draw a line by specifying length & orientation the line is Locked - it does not show to be locked (or...

    Started by CZSteve‎, 28th Jul 2016 10:50 pm
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  17. Add units to the drawing

    Hi, I finished my drawing but I made a mistake by selecting wrong unit. I know centimeter is (1 m=100 cm) but actually I draw as 1 m equal 10 cm so when I tried to put dimension the dimension...

    Started by engmoh4u‎, 30th Jul 2016 07:59 pm
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  18. Moved: how to select a massive polyline...

    Started by cat3appr‎, 24th Jul 2016 10:59 am
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  19. Moved: How to create a Style for lines, circles etc.?

    Started by rlcad‎, 22nd Jul 2016 09:11 pm
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  20. inserting point elevation text

    Please help someone ... I've been trawling for days trying to figure this out.... here goes... I have a CAD map that I have been working on (AutoCAD 07) of which I have changed all the z values...

    Started by surfinglaverty‎, 17th Feb 2010 08:40 pm
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  21. ? about the selection tool

    Hello, I have a problem- recently I haven't been able to select more than one object and I don't know why. A few weeks ago, if I drew two separate lines in my workspace, I could use my pointer to...

    Started by brite1212‎, 14th Jul 2016 09:03 pm
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  22. A newbie here!

    I truly believe that there are more things i need to learn in AutoCad. Doy you have any tips you can share with me? Don't be shy and let's be cad buddies! 8)

    Started by Ninjanine‎, 12th Jul 2016 06:52 am
    cad 2013, cad tips, cad tricks, newbie
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    12th Jul 2016 11:22 am Go to last post
  23. Beginner Project Ideas

    Hi all and hope you are well :) I'm very much a beginner to AutoCAD but have worked through the basics and would like some ideas about beginner projects? I have some experience in utilities...

    Started by deadwolves‎, 5th Jul 2016 05:46 pm
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    5th Jul 2016 07:18 pm Go to last post
  24. What does everyone use to create .GIF examples to demonstrate?

    I am just interested in what you guys use to create small .GIFs that are uploaded with a post where you are trying to show a demonstration of something. Thanks.

    Started by tmelancon‎, 14th Jun 2016 05:18 pm
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    27th Jun 2016 05:27 pm Go to last post
  25. Please help finding program to learn basics with...

    Hi, I've never done anything with any type of CAD program but would like to learn the basics of how to draw some simple architectural things, and things like tool sheds, and work chests. I'd like...

    Started by nopeda‎, 25th Jun 2016 05:02 pm
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    26th Jun 2016 11:23 am Go to last post

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