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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. Student Version -vs- Commerical

    I've done a couple of searches and found that the Student version has a water mark... is the water mark over the drawing or off to the side? Is that the only difference between the two? If you...

    Started by hagatha‎, 19th Sep 2007 01:59 am
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  2. Determining the angle between two lines

    I wish to determine the angle between two lines (that meet). I know how to do this manually, although does AutoCAD have a buitl in command similar the DI command maybe, or can someone recommend a...

    Started by Organic‎, 24th Mar 2009 03:36 pm
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  3. Problem...Circle is not smooth and round

    Hi!So this is me so called problem!It's on the picture below! This must be a circle!When i draw it(a circle),it is perfect but when i save the drawing the circle becomes something else!When i...

    Started by Evil_eyes‎, 11th Jun 2008 12:49 pm
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    20th Jun 2008 06:16 am Go to last post
  4. 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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  5. How to duplicate a layer

    Hi. ACAD 2008 I did a search and didn't find anything - maybe this question is to simple. I would like to duplicate a layer including all of its properties. Than I can rename it and make...

    Started by MantaBase‎, 20th Feb 2008 07:56 pm
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    28th Mar 2008 09:31 am Go to last post
  6. How do I convert an line to a polyline ?

    How could I convert simple lines to polylines. I want to use the "global width" feature on some strainght lines. Is there an autolisp command ?

    Started by nurquhar‎, 17th Sep 2005 10:13 am
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  7. Stuck in Viewport zoom

    How do I toggle off the zoom when I'm in a viewport in paperspace? Typically, I have double clicked along the view port and that gets me out of the zoom mode. However, sometimes I get...

    Started by James Burke‎, 11th Mar 2009 01:05 pm
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  8. Question glass hatch pattern

    Can anyone assist with a glass hatch pattern for Autocad 2007. I have grass and brass but no glass in my arsenal.

    Started by bill‎, 10th May 2007 02:05 pm
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    Can somebody help me on how to rotate to a certain angle an object & at the same time copying it???

    Started by steel_dragon‎, 18th Jun 2006 11:53 am
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  10. how do you change the drawing plane?

    alright, I've been using autocad since 2002, and I've always done this the same way. Go to a standard projection(IE:top, bottom, etc) and then that was your new drawing plane. Now with 2009, it...

    Started by MrNaPaLm32‎, 22nd May 2008 07:05 am
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  11. How do I set scale?

    Does anyone know how to set an architectural scale of 1/4" = 1' with a paper size of 8.5 x 11 in the new Autocad LT 2009 version. I tried using the MVSetup command to set the scale and paper size,...

    Started by dizzyliz‎, 25th Oct 2008 04:31 pm
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  12. Move objects between layers

    Hello everyone, I am trying to figure out how to move all the objects in a drawing to one layer so I can delete the other layers. Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you.

    Started by itsme_dougp‎, 5th Apr 2008 11:20 pm
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  13. Why don't I get smooth straight line?

    Hi, every time I try to draw a straight line, it comes stepped line. Meaning it looks to be made up of broken segments. Why cant I get a smooth straight un-stepped line? Even if I do get it, but I...

    Started by josmas‎, 7th Aug 2006 10:15 pm
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  14. Title Block

    How do I add a title block or even create one to an existing drawing? I have no experience with title blocking at all. I am thinking there is an easier way then drawing the lines each time and how...

    Started by jc1981‎, 18th Oct 2007 05:15 pm
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  15. change xref color

    Is there a way to change the color of XREF (or several XREFs) and then change it back to its original color? I have several in a drawing that I would like to change to one color kind of use as a...

    Started by astrosfan‎, 13th Nov 2008 02:57 pm
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  16. Importing jpeg Image into auto cad to trace

    Hi guys, I was wondering how you can upload a jpeg image onto autocad so i can trace this image. http://thecontaminated.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/one-wheeled-motorcycle-3.jpg Also, any advice...

    Started by soulreapor‎, 5th Mar 2009 07:16 am
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  17. Question How to draw a site plan in Autocad 2010

    Can somebody please tell me how to go about drawing up a site plan

    Started by Robert M‎, 8th Feb 2011 05:27 am
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  18. Can you automatically divide a line up into equal parts?

    AutoCAD 2007 Say you wanted to draw a plank of wood (I'll make up some numbers here) 71.25" long by 4" wide. Then you want to drill 37 holes in this wood (along the 71.25" length) starting 1"...

    Started by Tempest‎, 27th Oct 2007 10:11 am
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  19. Converting a drawing from Metres to MM

    Hi, I have had a drawing sent to me that is drawn to be 1 unit = 1 metre Can i change the drawing to be in millimetres? Im sure I have read somewhere about scaling it but being a newbie im...

    Started by Danz‎, 28th May 2008 12:48 pm
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  20. isometric drawing

    i'm having difficulty recalling on drawing a plan in ISOMETRIC view. I have already a floor plan and elevations. I hope someone can teach me. I appreciate if you could send me some samples. thanks...

    Started by jowie‎, 28th Sep 2007 07:44 pm
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  21. Drawing United States Map DWG File

    Is anyone aware of a safe and trusted location where I can download a block or drawings of the US (with state borders)? It can be in either DWG or DXF format. I need one for a 4th of July...

    Started by Burner‎, 4th Jun 2010 02:29 pm
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  22. Can't change lineweight?!

    Hi! Obviously today is not my day! Whatever...here is it THE PROBLEM! Somehow i can't draw lines with different lineweight. I can change the color and the linetype but the lineweight doesn't. In the...

    Started by Evil_eyes‎, 1st Apr 2008 04:40 pm
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  23. Cool How Do I group items together

    Hello, How do I group some items together so they don't split up when I move it somewhere else?

    Started by Al Rivera‎, 13th Nov 2008 11:53 pm
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  24. Zoom to scale

    Hi. I know when in the layout sheet I can go into model space and zoom in on the drawing to an exact scale but unsure how I do this. Can anyone help. Cheers.

    Started by IJ31‎, 30th Sep 2008 09:48 am
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    HI, im now using autocad2002 :lol: and i would like to know how to expolode text so that it is basically converted in to lines and arcs (so i can incorporate it in to a milling prg ) .in...

    Started by dangermouse‎, 1st Feb 2003 07:14 pm
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