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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. 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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  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. 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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  1. AutoCAD Convert Lines to Polylines

    Hi all, was just wondering how to convert a bunch of lines into one continuous polyline?

    Started by how do i do this?‎, 15th Jul 2011 02:52 am
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    continuous, convert, line, polyline, random
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  2. Select all objects in a single layer: how?

    Newbie here. I have a drawing with 6 layers. In two of those layers I want to delete all objects. Is there a simple/single command way to select all objects in a single specified layer and NOT...

    Started by Sudan‎, 20th Jan 2009 11:15 pm
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  3. understanding drawing scale and scale factor

    Hi: I am a newbie AutoCADer and am having some problems getting the hang of applying the drawing scale to my assignment. I understand the scale factor that is applicable to the printing only and...

    Started by flyingal‎, 8th Jul 2004 09:51 pm
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    Dear fellows, In AutoCad 2006, when I want to open a new or existing drawing or template, instead of regular dialog box I receive only a prompter dialog which is present in the command line also,...

    Started by VALAH‎, 12th Aug 2005 01:35 pm
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  5. measuring distance and angle

    How to measure the distance between two unconnected points (without have to do the math based on coordinates)? Also, how do I measure the angle between three unconnected points (supposing there were...

    Started by gib65‎, 11th May 2006 06:15 pm
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    7th Oct 2008 07:25 pm Go to last post
  6. Can't explode block

    I'm trying to explode this block in a drawing i'm editing but autocad will not let me do this. Sorry for the newbness of this question, but is there something i'm missing. Could it be locked? Is...

    Started by NiceGuy8618‎, 9th Jul 2008 11:26 pm
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  7. my ribbons missing

    when i load autocad it says "The ribbon does not have any tabs or panels currently loaded" ive tried everything i can find and cant make anything show up there. im on page 4 of 800 in my AutoCad...

    Started by xxjoshiexx‎, 17th May 2008 08:56 am
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  8. How to 2D Draw A Tooth of Gear?

    Hi, Could anybody please give me an easy example of how to create a 2D drawing (standard mechanical engineering drawing) of one tooth of gear such as below image? ...

    Started by spinecad‎, 22nd Dec 2012 02:17 pm
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  9. Inserting a JPEG image into cad

    I am working on a drawing and my boss wants me to put the company logo in the corner of the picture. Im really struggling to do this. I've done some reading up on the net and read that i must covert...

    Started by chris_ward‎, 2nd Jun 2010 10:52 am
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    12th Nov 2013 12:27 pm Go to last post
  10. Drawing perpendicular lines

    Hi to all! I'm new to AutoCad and I get better every time I use it. And yes there will always be questions and I came upon this site by chance and I'm glad I did. Simple question: how do you...

    Started by FCspecial‎, 2nd Jun 2008 06:41 pm
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    20th Jun 2008 06:12 am Go to last post
  11. How to display angles and line lengths in autocad

    Hi, I cannot find the command that makes the program display the length and angles of the lines in relation to eachother. I am doing a 2 dimensional masterplan with 70 houseplots and I need...

    Started by nils‎, 23rd Nov 2006 05:24 am
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  12. Is there a command to unblock a blocked object?

    Is there a command to unblock a blocked object? I want to modify a blocked object, change the length of a line in a block and I can't do it.

    Started by khoshravan‎, 28th Jul 2010 05:36 am
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    block unblock
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  13. viewport border removal?

    how do I remove the border around a VP?...I know it's an easy one and that I'm stubbling all around it but I'll be damed if I can find it... :cry:

    Started by AutoNewbie‎, 16th Jun 2008 05:07 pm
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  14. My command bar is gone!

    Morning all, This is an extremely noobish question, but somehow all of my custom interfaces got reset, and I'm the middle of trying to reset them all. In the mess, my command bar has vanished. How...

    Started by Coffeefeind‎, 13th Mar 2008 04:11 pm
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  15. Printed Drawing size to fold into A4

    Which size do you use to print off a drawing that can be folded into A4 size?

    Started by Hormell‎, 3rd Mar 2008 11:35 am
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  16. How to change the appearance of nodes?

    usually when I use the 'divide' command I can leave the nodes on the drawing as they are only dots which appear hidden within the line by the time I'm printing, but this system is set up to plonk...

    Started by Strix‎, 11th Apr 2007 12:48 pm
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    hi everybody on the command line how can I specify line length it doesn't ask me the line length, only polyline command asks me and it doesn't help me. for example if I want to draw a line 108...

    Started by goody‎, 30th Jun 2006 02:37 pm
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  18. unlocking a viewport

    I'm in paper space, in a drawing I didn't create and, when I dbl. click in a viewport to open it and attempt a zoom, the entire paper space environment zooms, as if I was still in paper space,...

    Started by td88‎, 5th Jun 2010 06:43 pm
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  19. Block vs. wblock

    Quick question here. What is the dirrerence between a regular block and a wblock? Or is wblock just a command?

    Started by Memnon‎, 2nd Feb 2009 09:06 pm
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  20. how to know what unit of measurement I'm using?

    hello, im dawn, a newbie i have a question how could i know if i'm using meters, and not inches, feet or millimeters? and how to set autocad to use meters not inches, feet, nor millimeters. ...

    Started by 13tildawn‎, 27th Mar 2008 04:59 am
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  21. 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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  22. Problem with Hidden lines not showing up dashed in Model Space

    Hello, I am somewhat of a beginner at this whole AutoCAD thing. I'm working on a final project for my Intro to CAD class and I'm having a problen with Hidden lines. They show up as regular continuous...

    Started by eksekseksg3‎, 6th Dec 2008 06:53 am
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  23. Convert Polylines into lines???

    hello evreybody, i have a question... and i hope that you have an answer!!! i've got a polyline... i've exploded it and now i've got both polylines and arcs... with the pedit command, i've converted...

    Started by ramis‎, 22nd May 2007 09:28 am
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  24. Degrees Minutes Seconds

    My knowledge in Autocad is minimal, as I am a site setting out engineer. My question is: How can I draw a line by using DMS (Whole Circle Bearings) NOT surveyors. eg: 100.000 metres @ a bearing...

    Started by KevUK‎, 16th Nov 2009 05:57 pm
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  25. Delete all hatches within a drawing?

    Hi, Quite often I recieve drawings with loads of hatches/solid fills in. For example a housing layout with all of the houses, trees, roads, grass etc hatched. I generally want to delete...

    Started by Mr.Alex‎, 7th Oct 2009 12:05 pm
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    26th Apr 2011 08:46 pm Go to last post

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