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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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    7th Jan 2016 06:11 am Go to last post
  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. Autocad Project

    Hi, I need help redesigning this in AutoCAD Fuzion 360 I'm trying to focus, but there's so much bustle, & as if an upheaval, due to rapport, no one wants to let me focus on my goal. It's a web...

    Started by Rubo‎, 23rd Mar 2017 12:53 am
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    design builds, project, prototype, redesign, remodel
    • Replies: 17
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    24th Mar 2017 10:59 pm Go to last post
  2. Moved: Can't work with existing dwg

    Started by tainbo‎, 24th Mar 2017 03:10 pm
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  3. Moved: Draw a Retaining Wall AUTOCAD2016

    Started by lianli34312‎, 24th Mar 2017 07:39 pm
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  4. Help needed in AutoCAD 2018

    Greetings, everyone ! May I introduce myself a bit : I'm Gauvain Boiché, I'm currently studying Video Games in Belgium. I am now in an internship in a small company. We usually use 3DS Max 2017...

    Started by KrakenRT_G_Boiche‎, 24th Mar 2017 02:35 pm
    3ds max, autocad, material, points, selection
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    24th Mar 2017 02:35 pm Go to last post
  5. Moved: Helppp!!!

    Started by killaprime‎, 23rd Mar 2017 12:19 am
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  6. Moved: Arc question

    Started by rlcad‎, 10th Mar 2017 09:00 am
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  7. Moved: Dynamic block, Visibility states

    Started by mgrenier25‎, 21st Mar 2017 01:25 pm
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  8. Moved: Text Alignment is inactive in Table

    Started by rlcad‎, 21st Mar 2017 06:39 am
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  9. Moved: Making 3D Dimer Shape in Autocad?

    Started by gaara2link‎, 20th Mar 2017 05:26 pm
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  10. Drawing co-ords

    Hi Guys, Another one for you. So I am using AutoCAD for dummies (2011) and trying to revise. On page 61 (A lap around the CAD track) I am trying to follow the instructions to draw a rectangle....

    Started by Franny‎, 17th Mar 2017 05:05 pm
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    17th Mar 2017 05:45 pm Go to last post
  11. Hatching question

    I'm putting down a polyline to set up the perimeter for a proposed hatch. I encounter a curve. Do I stop, create the curve, and then join the two separate objects? Sometimes there situations where I...

    Started by Newbie McPc‎, 10th Mar 2017 08:35 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    15th Mar 2017 12:16 pm Go to last post
  12. Purge

    I have a dwg that only has two used layers. So I urged to minimize the size, yet I still have layers with nothing on them. I cannot get rid of them. Any suggestions? Why are the layers remaining?...

    Started by kapureef‎, 7th Mar 2017 11:42 pm
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    10th Mar 2017 09:17 pm Go to last post
  13. How to increase space between objects?

    I have a row of rectangles, spaced evenly and I need to increase the spacing. How do I set the space between each of them to be a specified amount?

    Started by rlcad‎, 7th Mar 2017 07:34 am
    • Replies: 6
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    8th Mar 2017 11:47 am Go to last post
  14. Lock autocad out of 3d modes

    This is seemly a basic function that I can not find, and is really frustrating. I use autocad only as a 2d program. I never want to allow the program to orbit because it just lags and wastes...

    Started by j10photo‎, 5th Nov 2013 07:29 pm
    3d mode, lock top view
    • Replies: 9
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    7th Mar 2017 05:52 pm Go to last post
  15. Veteran trying to decide which AutoCAD training program to take

    Hey everyone! As you can see I am a new member. I have ZERO CAD experience and will soon be enrolling in some sort of AutoCAD online program so I can get certified. It will have to be a 100% online...

    Started by Rhino68W‎, 1st Mar 2017 04:31 pm
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  16. Text box auto resize

    Hello, Is there any way to automatically re-size text boxes to fit text? The reason I ask is that I've got background mask on all my text and have just reduced the text size by half - I'm not...

    Started by EmilyB‎, 5th Jan 2011 01:22 am
    • Replies: 9
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    2nd Mar 2017 06:09 pm Go to last post
  17. Question about Layer Properties Dialogue Box

    Hello all, I'm brand-new at this, so I apologize if this is a stupid question. Normally, my AutoCAD screen looks like this: However - and I'm not sure how - as I was using the "Layer...

    Started by timgabe1992‎, 27th Feb 2017 11:23 pm
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    28th Feb 2017 11:27 pm Go to last post
  18. Dialogue box has gone

    Don't know what has happened, but my dialogue box has gone.... can anyone help please??

    Started by peterg‎, 21st Feb 2017 05:47 pm
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    25th Feb 2017 12:03 pm Go to last post
  19. Right click+shift doesn't show osnap menu

    It did before. i started a line, right clicked+shift showed a menu: endpoint, midpoint etc'. now it doesn't

    Started by KarolR‎, 9th Feb 2017 07:57 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    10th Feb 2017 02:40 am Go to last post
  20. "Snap to Intersection" option (OPTI/AutoCAD 2013)

    I am a network administrator, I don't use the software. W7Pro x64, 8GB RAM, Optisys/AutoCAD 2013 working in telecomm infrastructure design. I have a user who can no longer "snap to intersection"...

    Started by EngineerSupport‎, 3rd Feb 2017 05:16 pm
    autocad 2013, opti, optisys, snap, snapping
    • Replies: 3
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    4th Feb 2017 12:15 am Go to last post
  21. Selecting objects off screen with dragbox?

    Ok, so my problem is that I can only select objects that are shown on screen on the second click. For instance, I'm using the green select box (dragging right to left) to select a large amount of...

    Started by Daf‎, 22nd Mar 2012 09:45 am
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    • Replies: 11
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    30th Jan 2017 07:10 pm Go to last post
  22. Advice / help to find suitable software to create basic 3d illustrations for clients

    Hi all. My first post, so bare with me if I'm asking the wrong forum. I run my own 'one man band' business designing and installing ropes courses and climbing towers using wood and steel. I'm not a...

    Started by Matthew Ralphs‎, 27th Jan 2017 03:21 pm
    advice, basic, illustrations
    • Replies: 5
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    27th Jan 2017 06:11 pm Go to last post
  23. 40' high cube shipping container component

    Anybody come across one of these? I'm interested in shipping container architecture and would like to use a decent container component to start out. Thanks.

    Started by mrippard‎, 5th May 2009 04:41 am
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    25th Jan 2017 03:09 am Go to last post
  24. AutoCAD 2017 status bar icons

    I have been lead to believe that the status bar icons cannot be displayed as text, is this true? I might add that if the can, I haven't been able to find out how.

    Started by Blurto‎, 24th Jan 2017 03:17 am
    2017, bar, icons, status
    • Replies: 4
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    24th Jan 2017 04:15 pm Go to last post
  25. Unhappy drawing recovery manager

    I accidentally removed drawings from drawing recovery manager thinking that I was just removing it from the list and not from my computer. Is there a way to get it back?

    Started by edsweld‎, 20th Jan 2017 01:31 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    20th Jan 2017 04:02 pm Go to last post

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