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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. changing properties in AutoCAD 2005

    Hello ! My work computer conked out. I am now working on a new one using AutoCAD 2005. Previously I think I used AutoCAD 2002. In AutoCAD 2005 I am having huge problems with formatting texts and...

    Started by MayaBHATT‎, 16th Jun 2016 08:34 am
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    16th Jun 2016 11:13 am Go to last post
  2. How to resize a rectangle

    I have a rectangle, 10'x20'. How do I make it to another size e.g. like 17'x23'?

    Started by rlcad‎, 14th Jun 2016 05:31 pm
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    15th Jun 2016 11:30 am Go to last post
  3. Survey Link problem

    I'm running Civil 3D 2016/Win 7 Pro. Every now and then when trying to transfer a file to or from the data collector I get a error box "! Unable to open COM port 1". Normally if I reboot the machine...

    Started by njpls‎, 5th Jun 2016 08:26 pm
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    6th Jun 2016 08:22 am Go to last post
  4. cad 2017

    HI all, I am having problems with the 2017 version, I used to use 2013, and now every new element i place, line, rectangle etc. it gives me the X/Y mark in a little box next to the element I drew,...

    Started by hila‎, 3rd Jun 2016 04:50 pm
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    3rd Jun 2016 07:07 pm Go to last post
  5. PICKBOX doesn't disappear when I do a command like move.

    Previously, when I would do a command such as move, the square in the middle of the cross hairs disappears, and just the crosshairs remain, making it more accurate. Now, however if I type MOVE and...

    Started by Springbok1‎, 30th May 2016 07:24 pm
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    31st May 2016 03:04 am Go to last post
  6. Bizarre Cube Problem

    Dear All, I am new to the forum so thanks in advance. My problem is this I have been asked to create an artistic cube drawing which is 1 metre square, then I have to insert 100 separate holes...

    Started by Campaigner‎, 25th May 2016 08:14 pm
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  7. Unsure of which CAD software to use.

    Hello all, I'm completely new to CAD in general so I'll list what my goals are and hopefully you can guide me to the correct software to use. My goal is to eventually 3D print a steering column...

    Started by parapraxis24‎, 17th May 2016 11:34 pm
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    18th May 2016 08:04 pm Go to last post
  8. snap and grid problem

    Beginner CAD user here. I've used AutoCAD 2000 a little bit and now have AutoCAD 2009. When I draw a straight line in '09 with snap and grid on the line does not fall on the grid properly. If...

    Started by kxt‎, 24th Sep 2009 02:51 am
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    5th May 2016 06:10 pm Go to last post
  9. Coordinate question

    Hey everyone im new here and in the process of learning autocad. I have a newbie question that concerns this paragraph---The area is located in a state that bases all surveys on the intersection of...

    Started by brite1212‎, 2nd May 2016 04:22 pm
    • Replies: 6
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    3rd May 2016 12:42 am Go to last post
  10. Question How to close "New Post" window forever?

    Am using Autocad 2016. When I change to mode Drafting & Annotation, a Create New Post window always opens. I know that the command _DESIGNFEEDCLOSE command closes it. How can I prevent it...

    Started by mobile1‎, 1st May 2016 03:06 am
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    1st May 2016 08:46 pm Go to last post
  11. Arc creation lines not snapping to horizontal

    When I draw lines I can make them horizontal by pressing Shift (or turning on Ortho). But when I try to make a horizontal Arc, neither method works. When I press Shift I get the "Constrain to Ortho"...

    Started by rlcad‎, 21st Apr 2016 06:10 am
    • Replies: 1
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    21st Apr 2016 10:53 am Go to last post
  12. What Auto Cad Do I Get???

    hey guys and gals! Im new to this whole gig and defiantly want to start! I am slowly starting my own Business as a metal fabricator and im only 16. i have already built 2 2.4m electric driveway...

    Started by Isaac99‎, 4th Mar 2016 08:52 am
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  13. 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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  14. Unhappy N00b in desperate need of assistance

    Hi all, John here.A little backstory is in order I suppose as to why i'm here. I'm a recent graduate with an associates in applied sciences. Was recently hired to run the network of a small...

    Started by NoLeader‎, 18th Mar 2016 05:56 pm
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  15. Using digitizer things do not show up to scale and won't fit onto screen

    I am using a digitizer to copy patterns into autocad so we can print them on our cnc machine. I am cutting fabrics and fabric patterns. When I put my piece on the digitizer I have a bunch of room...

    Started by Robdiqulous‎, 1st Apr 2016 06:30 pm
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    1st Apr 2016 07:16 pm Go to last post
  16. Hatching

    I seem to lose the outer line definition in simple shapes when hatching - please help

    Started by Reilly‎, 29th Mar 2016 04:09 pm
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  17. Weird Autocad occurance.

    This is a weird question relative to Autocad, for which I apologize upfront. Periodically, when emptying the Recycle Bin, I notice that the amount of files needing to be emptied in my Windows XP...

    Started by gotchy‎, 26th Mar 2016 01:31 am
    • Replies: 8
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    28th Mar 2016 03:21 am Go to last post
  18. Layout and Titleblock problem

    Hi all, I'm using AutoCAD 2015 and have problems getting the right size layout and inserting my own title block. I never actually print my floor plans just print them as a PDF file so I can email...

    Started by woopud‎, 27th Mar 2016 04:47 pm
    • Replies: 1
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    27th Mar 2016 07:45 pm Go to last post
  19. Properties Bar Docked on Left Side

    Hello All. The company I work for installed a newer version of AutoCAD on my computer...AutoCAD2016. I've forgotten how to dock the properties bar on the left side of the screen, where is that...

    Started by Casio47‎, 16th Mar 2016 03:25 pm
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    26th Mar 2016 04:46 am Go to last post
  20. I Want to create a line and perpendicullar and aligned it an into nod of a point ?

    How to create a line and Perpendicular or Parallel or Aligned to this one point that I create before. Without do move those both of that point ? I attach my result file of dwg so far this time til...

    Started by Deby Ferdian‎, 18th Mar 2016 02:22 pm
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  21. Draw polyline and write text above/under/near with lenght

    Hello. I'm looking for a way to draw a polyline, where i enter the points with mouse clicking and when i click the final point and enter button, it writes in text the total lenght of polyline. ...

    Started by hjsolf‎, 17th Mar 2016 06:33 pm
    lenght, polyline, text
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  22. Do we can use "MVIEW" command in ModelSpace work ?

    Do we can use "MVIEW" command in ModelSpace work? If can't be done. Is there any command to instead of it???

    Started by Deby Ferdian‎, 18th Mar 2016 07:59 pm
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  23. Windows and MAC

    How different id AutoCAD from Windows and MAC if any? For instance, If I knew how to use AutoCAD for Windows, but then I had to use it on MAC. Is there any difference in the user interface? ...

    Started by CADLee‎, 16th Mar 2016 05:42 pm
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  24. AutoCAD Mac page layout

    When I open up a new project I want the ribbon to be across the top of the page but it'a only letting me move it to the right and left. Is this something that can be fixed. See images for examples I...

    Started by Einteriordesigner‎, 9th Mar 2016 06:47 pm
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    10th Mar 2016 05:37 pm Go to last post
  25. Breaking multiple lines using a cross- line

    Hi Using 2008. How do you break multiple lines along a line? I.e. you have ten horizontal lines 3m long and one vertical line running down the centre of the 3m lines. I need...

    Started by djp6‎, 7th Oct 2010 10:12 am
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    9th Mar 2016 05:28 pm Go to last post

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