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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. trouble with AutocadLT file upload

    I used to use Nanocad and just recently started using Autocad again. I sent a .dwg file to an engineer which is a drawing I had started in Nanocad and then imported and finished in Autocad 18 and he...

    Started by joeatsea‎, 3rd Jun 2017 07:02 pm
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    6th Jun 2017 11:54 am Go to last post
  2. Mleader break

    Hi, hopefully a quick one. I am using Annotative Mleaders which cross Dim Lines and other Objects. I've tried to to use DIMBREAK to create a break where they cross but nothing happens. I've...

    Started by ASH_CAD‎, 1st Jun 2017 01:26 pm
    • Replies: 1
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    1st Jun 2017 01:57 pm Go to last post
  3. Slide libraries

    I have moved from acad2000 to acad2013 and i cannot get my slide libraries created in acad 2000 to work in acad 2013 do i have to create new slide libraries in acad 2013 thx nieko

    Started by NIEKO‎, 25th May 2017 11:11 am
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    25th May 2017 11:09 pm Go to last post
  4. Multi Leaders and Neat Arcs

    I am YouTube'd out:? so please help a Newbie I want to know the best way to draw lines between say ceiling spot lights on a plan drawing. It's always a bit hit and miss as to the curve of the...

    Started by ASH_CAD‎, 25th May 2017 08:21 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    25th May 2017 08:30 pm Go to last post
  5. Question Standard line weights and Color Hierarchy

    I am a newbie here in this community. I'm just a beginner in AutoCAD drafting and started only a few months ago. Can someone give me an idea how to use Color hierarchy properly. By the way, I am an...

    Started by Jeric‎, 25th May 2017 10:02 am
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    25th May 2017 10:53 am Go to last post
  6. Importing PDF files into Cad

    Recently I have been importing the pdfs we get from clients and attaching them as an image into autocad, and then having to go through the trouble of tracing out each line. I am curious if there...

    Started by CadYouDigIt‎, 24th May 2017 01:15 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    24th May 2017 07:19 pm Go to last post
  7. Inserting Excel spreadsheet

    Hi All, I have inserted an excel spread sheet into CAD but not all the columns are displayed. It is only when I click on it and it opens in excel that I can see all the data. I want to save...

    Started by Franny‎, 23rd May 2017 10:04 am
    • Replies: 3
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    23rd May 2017 03:28 pm Go to last post
  8. New to Autocad 2017, please help.

    Hello, Someone here please post the method to display the drawing tools, rectangle, circle, line, etc in AutoCAD 2017. Thanking you is, Gotchy

    Started by gotchy‎, 22nd May 2017 02:02 pm
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    22nd May 2017 10:13 pm Go to last post
  9. Changing the screen options in Autocad 2018

    Hello, I am making quite a leap from AutoCAD 2007 to 2018 and am unfamiliar with the display appearance. Right now I have a white background with a fine grid, I would like to know if it is possible...

    Started by reggy‎, 20th May 2017 08:22 pm
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    21st May 2017 01:09 am Go to last post
  10. Drawing a lot plan using lot bearings

    i need help... how do i draw a lot plan using the orientations of the bearings given, say, south 51-17 west, 212.06 meters... any1 teach me... i'm a beginner... thanx:)

    Started by YuanMasipag‎, 23rd Jul 2009 02:23 am
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    18th May 2017 07:19 pm Go to last post
  11. 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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    17th May 2017 02:58 pm Go to last post
  12. Autodesk Inventor vs. Solidworks for Gun Modeling

    Which would you recommend for modelling guns from 2D reference images?

    Started by GShocked‎, 13th May 2017 06:22 pm
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    15th May 2017 01:32 pm Go to last post
  13. Find and Replace

    Here is my issue, in the drawing I have Note ("x"), I need it to read (Note "x") "x" has many different numbers. I can use the find to get Note (*) but I don't know how to replace it with the same...

    Started by nickbduncan‎, 11th May 2017 03:18 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    12th May 2017 02:54 am Go to last post
  14. Can't Join Polyline because it's closed (but, it's really open) =/

    Okay, I got into a rather weird problem. Now, I have been using AutoCAD since 2003 and I have used this technique thousands of times. But, today I've run into something quite different. The...

    Started by MuTT‎, 11th May 2017 09:33 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    12th May 2017 12:18 am Go to last post
  15. Unhappy Stretch Then Zoom

    Hi, Experienced user. 8 yrs +. Issue is with AutoCAD 16 and the stretch command. If im in the stretch command dragged top right to bottom left and then zoom in or out the command doesn't work...

    Started by BJ_‎, 8th May 2017 02:31 am
    • Replies: 3
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    9th May 2017 12:00 pm Go to last post
  16. Angry Locking toolbars

    Hello: I am using AutoCAD 2006. I have arranged my toolbars in the position that I wanted them. I went and "locked" all toolbars after that thinking this would hold their position. I then saved...

    Started by olecarman‎, 9th May 2017 01:18 am
    • Replies: 1
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    9th May 2017 03:36 am Go to last post
  17. I imported a drawing that is not 1:1 scale , when I draw in it, the units are wrong!

    Hi, So I downloaded a 2D plan of a fastener from McMaster-Carr. I copied and imported it in a new drawing (to see the difference). I want to use it to make a simplified representation and an...

    Started by xoHaya‎, 2nd May 2017 09:16 pm
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    4th May 2017 08:53 pm Go to last post
  18. problem with displacemet or use first point as displacement in copy, move commands

    I have difficulty on specifying the distance for copy or move commands. It has different options and I have to get my desired result after many try and error. Where can I find a detailed explanation...

    Started by khoshravan‎, 21st Jul 2010 10:29 am
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    base point, copy, displacement, first point, move
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    4th May 2017 03:48 am Go to last post
  19. Project Design

    Hello, I'm a newbie to AutoCAD, and have a few general questions about how to properly design a project. I can do the actual drafting ok for now and have made a few drawings, but I'm getting ready to...

    Started by CincyCad‎, 27th Apr 2017 01:41 pm
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    1st May 2017 03:33 am Go to last post
  20. plumbing & drainage riser diagram

    any one can help me with tutorials or drawing for plumbing & drainage riser diagram for villa or building more than 4 floors

    Started by mohands‎, 26th Apr 2017 01:53 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    26th Apr 2017 02:06 pm Go to last post
  21. how can I scale an object only on one dimension?

    hello i have a picture with a diagram, and i want to scale it diferently on X and Y axe. maybe with extend? if this is the command please explain me how. thanks

    Started by psyfr3ak‎, 19th May 2008 07:32 am
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    21st Apr 2017 01:34 pm Go to last post
  22. Automatic dimensions and bills of material for piping components

    Hi Is there a way to choose a piping class based on ASME B16.5, then a component and its size, and let AutoCad automatically show their dimensions in the isometric drawing and create a bill of...

    Started by mechaniker‎, 3rd Apr 2017 09:01 pm
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    bom, dimensions, piping
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    6th Apr 2017 11:13 pm Go to last post
  23. Finding Electrical, Voice & Data Elevation Blocks - Impossible

    Hi All, I was wondering where in the world you could find receptacle, voice and data elevation blocks to use in drawings? I have scoured the internet for HOURS and can not find anything!!!! Are...

    Started by Fickle‎, 5th Apr 2017 11:38 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    6th Apr 2017 10:32 am Go to last post
  24. 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
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    2nd Apr 2017 10:47 am Go to last post
  25. Linked Value in MText

    Hello, Hopefully this is a fairly easy question, but for an old dog like me, new tricks are harder to learn. I am doing very basic AutoCAD drawings for multiple people, and in the title...

    Started by TOS-TrekFan‎, 30th Mar 2017 01:47 am
    • Replies: 7
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    31st Mar 2017 01:57 am Go to last post

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