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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. 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, Yesterday 11:23 pm
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  2. Moved: Flatening out a cone

    Started by Crusader‎, Yesterday 07:47 pm
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  3. 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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  4. Moved: troubleshooting quick select

    Started by SuzanatParksNYC‎, 23rd Feb 2017 09:42 pm
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  5. Moved: determining the dimensions of the points

    Started by arsalan_gz‎, 23rd Feb 2017 09:23 pm
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  6. Moved: import sets of point in different appearence

    Started by Lammaite‎, 24th Feb 2017 02:34 am
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  7. Moved: Edit source of a Array .. switches display mode to 3D conceptual?

    Started by halam‎, 23rd Feb 2017 02:31 pm
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  8. Moved: Setting up border properly in paper space!

    Started by briwayjones‎, 21st Feb 2017 07:55 pm
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  9. Moved: Scaling Problems!?! Model/Paper Space

    Started by katherine1992‎, 21st Feb 2017 01:45 pm
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  10. 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
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    17th Feb 2017 04:16 pm Go to last post
  11. 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
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    10th Feb 2017 02:40 am Go to last post
  12. "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
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    4th Feb 2017 12:15 am Go to last post
  13. 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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  14. 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
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  15. 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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  16. 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
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    24th Jan 2017 04:15 pm Go to last post
  17. 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
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  18. movies working files location??

    hello Every one, while i am watching learning videos; the presenter says at the beginning of the video "Working files for this movie can be found in the working files folder". i was unable to find...

    Started by shamsalddin‎, 11th Jan 2017 06:04 pm
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    12th Jan 2017 01:57 pm Go to last post
  19. FLATSHOT inserted block lineweights default to 0.00 mm, why?

    Say I build some geometry and run the FLATSHOT command. I tell the linetypes and colors to be "by layer," and insert the block into layer 0 which has a lineweight of "default" (0.25 mm, LWDEFAULT...

    Started by oftenly‎, 19th Dec 2016 07:01 pm
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  20. Best Textbooks for 2016/2017

    I'm looking for the best textbook (preferably a series) that will eventually move me into rendering in AutoCAD, Revit, and PhotoShop. I am an engineering student, and I'm surprised at how little...

    Started by DavidBrown1212‎, 10th Jan 2017 04:04 pm
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    11th Jan 2017 02:50 am Go to last post
  21. So many lines appear on the AUTOCAD when it open and it disturbs drawing activit

    So many lines appear on the AUTOCAD when it open and it disturbs drawing activity .I am currently using AUTOCAD 2014:(.Plz tell me how to solve the problem. the screenshot is attached here

    Started by CHINCHU S NAIR‎, 7th Jan 2017 04:13 am
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    8th Jan 2017 01:26 am Go to last post
  22. Autocad LT 2009 Issues

    Hi, I have been using Autocad LT 09 but only now and then so i'm no expert, we have switched over computers at work and since the software was reinstalled i have been having an issue with drawing...

    Started by marc226‎, 6th Jan 2017 05:06 pm
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  23. 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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    28th Dec 2016 10:19 pm Go to last post
  24. Convert spline to polyline?

    Hi, i was wondering if its is possible to convert a spline into a polyline because obviously you can't pedit i don't want to draw over it as it doesn't create a true solid but mainly because it...

    Started by Interior‎, 17th Apr 2009 07:35 pm
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  25. basic help

    I have some basic questions. Send me a message if you're interested in helping an old dad out. lol

    Started by Dad‎, 14th Dec 2016 10:07 pm
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