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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. dimensions are exploded

    I have received a few drawings recently where the dimstyles set were wierd. When I deminsion, the text, leaders, and lines are all exploded. I can't find anything in Dimstyle to adjust this...

    Started by msrygley‎, 25th Aug 2004 04:09 pm
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  2. Copy object help.

    Hi I am new to AutoCad and I use AutoCad 2004. I have search and read help files, this forum and others and still I am confused. I am designing a machine that contains many parts. I have drawn...

    Started by dmgdesigns‎, 25th Aug 2004 04:29 pm
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  3. How to hatch

    For some reason, and i dont know what, i just cant get my head around hatching, ive gotten fairly good on everything but probably the most simplest of things - hatching an area correctly..(using...

    Started by Malady‎, 26th Aug 2004 03:11 pm
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  4. Express and Express Icon where File, Edit, View, etc menus

    I do not know how it happened but I no longer have my Main Menu bar across the top of the screen. Instead I have the word Express and, I guess, the Express icon. How do I get my Main Menu headings...

    Started by jocaan‎, 2nd Sep 2004 05:47 pm
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  5. line thickness

    Hi not sure if this makes any sence but here goes, when i zoom in when in paperspace the lines, text etc.... get thicker instead of keeping the same thickness is this a psscale problem because its ok...

    Started by rlowe90‎, 27th Jul 2004 10:59 am
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    5th Sep 2004 10:28 am Go to last post
  6. Images from photoshop TO cad???

    Can anybody help me? I am trying to get scanned images from photoshop into autocad,so that I can trace over them (eg photos for elevations). I can only copy and paste really small images, otherwise...

    Started by howdoi‎, 5th Sep 2004 09:27 am
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  7. Drawing vectors / arrows

    Hei! I'm an engineering student, starting my introductory mechanics course this fall. Tha CAD course is not due until next fall, but I thoght I'd try to get to know the AutoCAD software a bit in...

    Started by Ohavre‎, 5th Sep 2004 08:12 pm
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  8. getting grid to cover lot size

    I am trying to design a backyard complex. When I open a new drawing with the wizard, I am prompted for the area. I input 55 width, 135 heigth. When I view grid, I am hoping to see 55 dots (I...

    Started by joker‎, 14th Sep 2004 09:59 pm
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  9. back to 2d

    Hi, How do I get back to 2Dimensions after spinning my drawing around in three dimensions? Thanks

    Started by joker‎, 16th Sep 2004 12:27 am
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  10. using variable

    Can I use variables in autocad to specify points. For example, can I make the following script: x1=2 x2=2 line 0,0 x1,x2 Thanks

    Started by joker‎, 16th Sep 2004 03:39 am
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  11. Changing Units to only inches

    Hello everybody! I am using AutoCAd 2000 and I have a drawing set up and everytime I want to know a distance it reads feet and inches. Is there anyway I can read it in only inches? HOw do I do...

    Started by CADGal‎, 20th Sep 2004 06:14 pm
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  12. Polylines

    Can anyone tell me if there is a way to greatly reduce the number of vertices on a polyline in R14 (without deleting each one manually, I mean), but still keeping the line a polyline.

    Started by Fellucca‎, 22nd Sep 2004 07:45 pm
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  13. Basic help

    I'm running AutoCAD 2004. As a default, my mouse wheel is set to zoom in and out, but sometimes, it changes to scroll the drawing up and down instead. I don't know what I did, and how I can change...

    Started by careyc‎, 8th Sep 2004 08:53 pm
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  14. Viewport Question

    The last version of AutoCAD I worked with was R12 and that was 8 years ago. I am now working with AutoCAD LT 2005 and I'm a bit lost. I followed a tutorial that told me to make a simple drawing...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 4th Oct 2004 05:21 pm
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    4th Oct 2004 10:17 pm Go to last post

    I understand when setting up a sheet, that i need to set the limits, scale factor, and the normal settings that are covered in the wizard, but when I do that It still does't seem to work!If I am...

    Started by STEVE M RICE‎, 18th Sep 2004 03:38 am
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  16. grid

    Hello, When I zoom in and out, my grid disappears because it is "too dense to display" How do I get the grid back? I turn it on, but the grid does not appear. Thanks

    Started by joker‎, 6th Oct 2004 03:56 am
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  17. Plz help me, this is so annoying

    Hi, I have mastered all the tools in autocad apart from one thing. PLOTTING THE DRAWING. Its driving me mad. I draw everything in the model space at the scale of 1 to 1 but when I try to setup the...

    Started by michael_mexico‎, 11th Oct 2004 02:59 pm
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  18. Title Blocks

    I would like to create a title block and save it as a template. I seem to remember reading somewhere that you should put your title block on layer 0, or something like that. The problem is I canít...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 7th Oct 2004 07:11 pm
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  19. Converting files from 2005 to 2000

    I was wondering if there would be any problems if I converted drawings done in AutoCAD LT 2005 to AutoCAD 2000. I use AutoCAD LT 2005 and the machine shop I'm giving the drawings to uses ACAD 2000....

    Started by ziemerd‎, 12th Oct 2004 08:40 pm
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  20. Multi text problem

    Hello I'm using R14. The problem I'm having is Multi text. I type out a peragraph and say one word in that paragraph I would like to underline. So I click on the underline button and hi-lite the word...

    Started by REIVAX‎, 8th Apr 2003 02:05 am
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  21. No Plot Preview

    I started a new drawing, went to layout and inserted a title block, went into model and created a drawing, then went into layout to do a plot preview but nothing happened. I went into model and plot...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 13th Oct 2004 03:34 pm
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  22. Viewports and templates :evil:

    I AM TOTALLY FREAKING OUT HERE!!! (sorry...I just had to vent a bit) Hereís what I would like to do. I want my own title block in paper space not in model space. Iíve created a title block and...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 13th Oct 2004 09:44 pm
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  23. Absolute Newbie

    Hi Folks Im as new as u can get to this software, basically I just want to know how steep the learning curve is for learning this app? I do have alot of experience in Adobe Photoshop and...

    Started by VinUk‎, 18th Oct 2004 10:20 am
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  24. book recommendation...

    how are you doing? I would like to learn AutoCAD (version that I just got is 2005) by myself (and believe or not I have an engineering degree and my college never "obligated" me to take an AutoCAD...

    Started by PingaDPalo‎, 20th Oct 2004 04:46 pm
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    21st Oct 2004 09:52 pm Go to last post
  25. Dimensioning a rectangle

    Hello, and thank you for your time. I am obviously very new to this. I would like to draw a top view of a 4' x 8' platform. Is there an easy way to choose the rectangle tool and simply assign it...

    Started by midasxl‎, 21st Oct 2004 09:38 pm
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    25th Oct 2004 06:28 pm Go to last post

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