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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. Views in 3D

    I'm using AutoCad 2006 and it is an educational version at my college. I am working on a file that has the lumber framework of my house for an impending remodeling project. This includes...

    Started by plamczyk‎, 19th Jul 2006 03:49 am
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    23rd Jul 2006 11:58 pm Go to last post
  2. Sheet Sets

    I had real hard time in converting R14 drawings to a new sheet set, also would like to open the last dwg or a specified file to load at launching autocad. Any help is appreciated. I am using 2005.

    Started by chaurasiya‎, 23rd Jul 2006 06:38 pm
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  3. Multiline format

    Hello everybody out there, I'm a novice on AutoCad ... running AutoCad 2005. I've been trying to format a multiline to create a 5" thick wall, so I set my Element properties @ 2.5 & -2.5, I save...

    Started by Zenon‎, 13th Jul 2006 06:15 am
    • Replies: 2
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    23rd Jul 2006 07:40 am Go to last post
  4. Newbie questions

    Some newbie questions...What is the distinction between 'activating' a viewport and making a viewport 'current'? Can you have more than 1 viewport active at the same time? I think I have read that...

    Started by littlenemo‎, 23rd Jul 2006 01:18 am
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    23rd Jul 2006 02:00 am Go to last post
  5. new CAD career?

    hello i am 30 years old and am thinking to go back to school to learn new career. i come from construction background and am researching new careers such as draftsmen/ CAD designer? can this degree...

    Started by amarlls‎, 17th Jul 2006 10:29 pm
    • Replies: 9
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    22nd Jul 2006 09:16 pm Go to last post
  6. loading menus

    Oh boy, I think I really messed up this time! I'm using AutoCad 2006 and was messing around in the Customization User Interface trying to get rid of a few menus and add a couple more but I think I...

    Started by nelsonrocha47‎, 20th Jul 2006 05:49 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    21st Jul 2006 12:10 am Go to last post
  7. bak and plot logs

    I noticed that AutoCAD creates a *.bak of a drawing when I modify it. I'm assuming this is a backup file, but how do I access it and how can I use it to recover a previous save? Can I disable...

    Started by careyc‎, 28th Oct 2004 02:13 pm
    • Replies: 9
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    20th Jul 2006 06:08 pm Go to last post
  8. line weight

    How can I change line weight of one layer only? When I am changing the line weight of a layer, all other layers are changing as well.

    Started by sentinel‎, 16th Jul 2006 03:59 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    20th Jul 2006 09:01 am Go to last post
  9. Opening two jobs at once?

    Hi there, I have dual monitors and would like to open two instances of Acad so I could show one job on one display and another job on the other display. Is this possible? Thanks, Jim

    Started by jmm4jmc‎, 20th Jul 2006 01:08 am
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    20th Jul 2006 05:03 am Go to last post
  10. How to draw head only of an arrow

    Using 2000LT and would like to draw the head of an arrow. Also would like to know how to set my cursor at a angle to match the angle of a line on a page of an existing drawing on my system? Thanks...

    Started by berol‎, 19th Jul 2006 08:22 am
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    20th Jul 2006 12:36 am Go to last post
  11. Text along a curve & circle into 360 parts

    Would like to have a single or double line text follow just above or below a curved line and be able to divide a circle into 360 equal pie shaped lines radiating out from the center? Could not find...

    Started by berol‎, 19th Jul 2006 09:48 pm
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    19th Jul 2006 11:23 pm Go to last post
  12. Scaling confusion

    All of the posts I have read say use 1:1 in model space to create the objects. But when making plans for a building 500x200 foot what are you supposed to do it dosent fit in the model space in...

    Started by ebulfin‎, 19th Jul 2006 08:06 am
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    19th Jul 2006 11:11 pm Go to last post
  13. REndering Wood

    Can someone advise me how best to render wood. Can model in 3D no problem. Using Concepts unlimited to view curved items without the tessellation lines. Or can you turn these off in Autocad?

    Started by FREEFORM‎, 18th Jul 2006 10:19 pm
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    19th Jul 2006 10:46 pm Go to last post
  14. Converting

    Is there a program or anything that can convert from PDF to Autocad file for purposes of adding things. I recieved a ductwork drawing in PDF and I have to be able to place piece numbers on the pieces...

    Started by siderus‎, 19th Jul 2006 01:06 pm
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  15. hi all...newbie here...question about CROSS HAIRS...

    i seen some demos & even at work i see people using autocad and the cross hair is really large. i can't figure out how to make it larger. my cross hair is maybe an inch by an inch. i would...

    Started by lmn1220‎, 16th Jul 2006 05:46 pm
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  16. dimensions

    Hi, How can I change dimensions from feet to cms? Thanks in advance

    Started by sentinel‎, 16th Jul 2006 11:31 am
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  17. reducing down for printer

    hi :( my drawing in paper space is iso 25, tried to print to a4 printer changing properties in printer box that comes up but when previewed this show a small amount of the drawing, is there a...

    Started by kkkkbbbb‎, 16th Jul 2006 11:08 am
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  18. text problem

    hi :o trying to add text to elevations in model space but having problems <draw<single text. double click the area to put the text after setting the text tool bar up, type the text when finished...

    Started by kkkkbbbb‎, 15th Jul 2006 02:21 pm
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  19. Tools Menu

    Does anyone know how to get the 'Tools' menu to appear on my top toolbar? A lot of procedures involve using sub-menus within the 'Tools' menu and I can't access them.

    Started by nelsonrocha47‎, 14th Jul 2006 10:38 pm
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    15th Jul 2006 02:16 pm Go to last post
  20. Drawing a floor plan

    I am only four days into AutoCAD and am having some difficulty determining how to begin drawing a building 53'-6" wide and 56'-2" long. The grid will only allow 60x40 dimensions so I'm not...

    Started by Natjeff‎, 14th Jul 2006 06:41 pm
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  21. Dumb Question but....

    Hi, having been out of the industry for quite some time I have forgotten many useful bits of information and am in need of assistance... I am currently in the process of drawing up a bathroom...

    Started by stephen_norman‎, 13th Jul 2006 09:57 am
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    14th Jul 2006 12:50 pm Go to last post
  22. Paperspace mode

    I use a piece of software to do HVAC load calculations. The software will let me import DWG files in AutoCAD 2000 format and trace over them. I got a plan file from an architect that he did in...

    Started by mattman59‎, 13th Jul 2006 07:16 pm
    • Replies: 1
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    13th Jul 2006 08:18 pm Go to last post
  23. Scroll Bars in display.

    Hey everyone, I am currently using AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2.0 at the office. I wanted to know if someone knew why the scroll bars on the display keep showing up everytime I start AutoCAD...

    Started by Brunello19‎, 7th Jul 2006 02:37 pm
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    13th Jul 2006 07:51 pm Go to last post
  24. Geometry Problem

    Hi, I usually have a problem with Cad and I cant solve it. How can I make a tangent arc between a line and a circle (or an arc)? The tangent in the line MUST start at its endpoint (otherwise I...

    Started by Rockero‎, 5th Jul 2006 02:28 pm
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    13th Jul 2006 03:33 pm Go to last post

    Guys & Gals, can I get some macro commands especially the multiple command

    Started by steel_dragon‎, 13th Jul 2006 08:28 am
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    13th Jul 2006 10:12 am Go to last post

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