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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: 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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  3. 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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  1. DWG to PDF

    This might be a simple, silly question so here goes............I have a lot of 2008 dwg files I need to print at an outside printers.............to print they need pdf or jpeg so how do I convert...

    Started by abitare‎, 13th Aug 2009 09:17 pm
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    14th Aug 2009 03:36 pm Go to last post
  2. dwg to jpeg etc

    i have many drawings in dwg but wish to upload onto my website.............how can I convert a dwg file and retain its detail so it can be the same on my web page...........hope this makes...

    Started by abitare‎, 4th Apr 2010 02:59 pm
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  3. Embarrassed Question from an old dummy

    I have been trying to hatch a side view of a concrete floor... It won't do it (aCAD Lt 97). I have a long skinny rectangle and I have (multiple times) clicked on the boundaries (?) - there are no...

    Started by Able339‎, 15th Jan 2013 12:27 am
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  4. Cannot import jpeg

    I have been using autocad 2000 for a couple of years now. I have it pretty much figured out in terms of the things I need to to. I just switched to 2008 and I cannot get a .jpg file into my...

    Started by abmacomber‎, 22nd Aug 2008 07:41 pm
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  5. How To Draw Two Lines At An Angle?

    I've just got Autocad 2008 and I'm bewildered by the mountain of support material none of which seems to tell me how to do the most basic thing in the world - draw two lines of a predetermined length...

    Started by abrogard‎, 17th Sep 2009 07:46 am
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    21st Sep 2009 03:04 am Go to last post
  6. How To Add Dimensions To a Drawing?

    I'm a total newbie and totally flummoxed by the help screens of AutoCad. I've had some help from members on this forum and I've drawn a four sided figure which has accurate dimensions, lengths...

    Started by abrogard‎, 20th Sep 2009 06:58 am
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  7. Align MTEXT to the same angle as a line?

    I need some help, i am trying to make a label for a line at a N 87d E angle, I want the text to be the same angle as the line. How do I do that?

    Started by abtaylor260‎, 6th Apr 2011 09:08 pm
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    8th Apr 2011 08:40 pm Go to last post
  8. Drawing isometric in 2D

    I'm currently taking an CAD program and as a beginning student I'm having trouble drawing a few objects in isometric perspective and would like some help. These objects must unfortunately be drawn in...

    Started by ABuckingham‎, 6th Feb 2008 11:09 pm
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    30th Dec 2011 10:42 pm Go to last post
  9. Xref - copy a single element?

    It's a pretty simple issue, I have a drawing with an xref in it but I need to edit the text height of some of the notation without changing the original xref. If I bind the xref, all the text I need...

    Started by ABuckingham‎, 2nd Feb 2009 09:35 pm
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    3rd Feb 2009 03:20 pm Go to last post
  10. Using The Correct Units?

    I'm working on a drawing with an annotative scale of 1"=40'. All was well until I started a new session. Inputing a distance intended in "Feet" results in a line length in "Inches". Example: input...

    Started by AC4mhaley‎, 20th Mar 2010 03:28 am
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    20th Mar 2010 07:50 pm Go to last post
  11. LSP Automatically Loaded Problem

    Sir, Can anybody here knows the solution on how I remove LSP in my Autocad Files. History: It started yesterday, when I copied one file from other company it happen automatically LSP loaded....

    Started by acadesign09‎, 25th Feb 2011 07:46 am
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  12. Question Symbols

    Hi there, I'm totally new using AutoCAD and I've been trying to find some information about symbols but I can't. Is there any website with a chart, or something like that, that would show me...

    Started by acbunker‎, 23rd May 2008 03:10 am
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    29th Mar 2012 10:35 pm Go to last post
  13. Unhappy Help View Ports, Scales and Will To Live !!!

    Hi. I have a drawing in 2009 ver that a friend gave me an A3 template for the sheet/title block layout. I cut and pasted my drawing from model space into a newly created drawing (which included...

    Started by ace rimmer‎, 30th Aug 2009 03:34 pm
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    1st Sep 2009 11:42 am Go to last post
  14. How to clip a region from complex drawing

    I got a map in Autocad (100% done by Autocad) and i have to clip out a part of it. Now i'm using this kind of solution: I put rectangle (with size of needed part) on my map and TRIM all lines...

    Started by acer666‎, 15th Apr 2008 01:41 pm
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    27th Jul 2012 05:27 pm Go to last post
  15. Convert CM to M?

    Hi All, Sorry if this is asked a lot and is a really dumb beginners question, but I cant seem to find the answer I need. I have created a full building plan in model space in CM so something...

    Started by achanner‎, 21st Oct 2009 01:29 pm
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    23rd Oct 2009 11:38 am Go to last post
  16. Removing the Line on a Viewport

    Hi All, Would imagine you probably heard this before, and im goin to feel stupid, but can I remove the line around a viewport to stop it printing? Ive changed the style, thickness etc but dont...

    Started by achanner‎, 22nd Apr 2010 04:02 pm
    • Replies: 9
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    22nd Apr 2010 05:27 pm Go to last post
  17. Autocad freezes!

    one particular file always freezes whenever i enter any sort of command ranging from copy paste to simple select just the duration of freeze varies my other files are working fine but only one...

    Started by achintyarajimwale‎, 19th Apr 2014 05:18 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    20th Apr 2014 07:15 am Go to last post
  18. Hatching and blank areas around text

    When creating a hatched area, the rectangular areas around all the pre-existing text annotations are ignored and left blank, rather than being hatched. I've looked into text background masks and...

    Started by acjam‎, 15th May 2015 05:50 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    15th May 2015 06:59 pm Go to last post
  19. Imperial Paperspace

    Hi all, I've been sent a drawing sheet by an architect to use with a drawing of mine. When I load up the dwg, the viewport set up in paperspace has an imperial scale (1/127"=1'0" etc). However,...

    Started by acjam‎, 12th Jun 2015 10:58 am
    • Replies: 3
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    15th Jun 2015 03:07 pm Go to last post
  20. Remove box next to cursor

    How can I get rid of the box attached to the cursor when I'm typing a command? I just want to type in the command line at the bottom. Thx.

    Started by ACKen‎, 29th Sep 2011 06:04 pm
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    3rd Oct 2011 10:55 am Go to last post
  21. Question Elements in drawing displayed partially - have dots in corners

    I have ACAD 2004 drawing. Drawing is 2D. Exported from ArchiCAD. Having problem with displaying all elements in drawing. Actually, some elements are not displayed (or just partially displayed) and...

    Started by acos‎, 6th Dec 2011 10:44 am
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  22. mouse

    I lost my setup in the right click for my menu. How can I bring it back?

    Started by acrow‎, 10th Jan 2013 05:56 pm
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    10th Jan 2013 07:56 pm Go to last post
  23. Planimeter

    I drew my cross sections sort of free hand. I offset some lines for the grid and then traced some other lines for my contours. My scale is 3' and 30' in paper space. Is there any way I can calculate...

    Started by acrow‎, 11th Jan 2013 02:46 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    11th Jan 2013 07:15 pm Go to last post
  24. Hex nut / bolt head in isometric

    Hi all, trying to draw a hex nut in isometric...I've got the ellipse with the inside/outside dimensions but as far as placing the lines and connecting them to make the hexagon perimeter I keep...

    Started by Adam‎, 27th Aug 2013 08:49 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    27th Aug 2013 11:26 pm Go to last post
  25. Displaying Floorplan Measurements

    Hi, I have made a floorplan, but I have not added dimensions, and was wondering if there was a command to display the measurements even if the floorplan is made. Thanks!

    Started by Adam S‎, 12th Jun 2013 02:08 am
    • Replies: 7
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    26th Jun 2013 02:04 am Go to last post

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