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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. How can i pull down tool bars

    How can I restore the pull down menu across the top of the screen. When I opened the program the last time it was missing

    Started by firosiro‎, 9th Aug 2017 05:02 am
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    9th Aug 2017 10:52 am Go to last post
  2. How to draw pipes... just pipes..

    hi all, i am new to this forum.. and found the posts are really helpful.. basically i am a mech design fellow designing mech parts like coupling, brackets etc.. recently i am tasked to draw...

    Started by abc_123‎, 23rd Jan 2011 05:21 am
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    8th Aug 2017 11:15 am Go to last post
  3. Changing background color

    What is the procedure to change the background color to white in AutoCAD 2018? Also where do I find the zoom tools? Thanking you is, gotchy

    Started by gotchy‎, 4th Aug 2017 03:48 pm
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    7th Aug 2017 01:50 am Go to last post
  4. Stretch A Sketch

    Hi there this is my first post. I am a welder / fabricator. my sister has asked me to make her a set of gates & am struggling to get the parts to the correct size, cant get the stretch feature to...

    Started by paddynel0‎, 1st Aug 2017 12:20 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    1st Aug 2017 02:46 pm Go to last post
  5. Can someone please help me to draw the following image by using Tan tan radius

    Hi There, Can someone please help me to draw that in AutoCAD? I am new in AutoCAD. Tried to use Tan Tan radius. But couldn’t finish the drawing. Many Thanks in advance.

    Started by ahm‎, 28th Jul 2017 12:52 pm
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  6. Detail drawings.

    can someone tell where i can get some detailed drawing of civil auto cad of buildings with detailed specifications?

    Started by cadiatorrr‎, 15th Jun 2017 01:51 pm
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    30th Jul 2017 10:09 pm Go to last post
  7. Site Survey - Not sure where to start

    First post, total CAD noobie. Just bought a house, want to get the site survey put into CAD so I can track other things like sprinkler lines, underground electrical, etc. I can't make sense of...

    Started by DeadpoolsUnicorn‎, 30th Jun 2017 05:01 am
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    30th Jul 2017 09:46 pm Go to last post
  8. Move a line parallel to the nearest point of an arc.

    I have a line that I need to copy parallel to the closest point on an arc. How do I accomplish this? Thanks for your help.

    Started by tmelkunas‎, 13th Jul 2017 03:08 pm
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    13th Jul 2017 07:34 pm Go to last post
  9. Fill = Off on Donut

    Which parameter controls the number/width of the lines displayed when you turn fill off on donuts?

    Started by ronaldo‎, 10th Jul 2017 01:36 pm
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    11th Jul 2017 05:31 pm Go to last post
  10. How to display angles and line lengths in autocad

    Hi, I cannot find the command that makes the program display the length and angles of the lines in relation to eachother. I am doing a 2 dimensional masterplan with 70 houseplots and I need...

    Started by nils‎, 23rd Nov 2006 05:24 am
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    11th Jul 2017 03:38 pm Go to last post
  11. Autocad 2000, no plus or minus shown using toolbar ordinate command

    Have placed my Absolute Datum 00 for both X & Y axis at the lower right hand corner of my rectangular part. Have dimensioned my part using the toolbar ordinate tab. I know from previous experience...

    Started by berol‎, 8th Jul 2017 12:39 am
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    8th Jul 2017 01:39 pm Go to last post
  12. Create/ draw a rectangle from 4 lines with fixed length

    Hello everyone! Can someone write a lisp that asks me for the length of four lines and then creates/draws a closed rectangle from that input? Other id Thanks in advance! :) Kind regards,...

    Started by Luis Ternou‎, 26th Jun 2017 02:18 pm
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    3rd Jul 2017 02:17 pm Go to last post
  13. Elevation Intersecting A Wall

    Hi all! Had a quick search but couldn't find my particular problem. So I have to do a rear elevation of a property (again because of changes) but the owners have now decided to build a fence,...

    Started by billydavies21‎, 20th Jun 2017 07:40 pm
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    21st Jun 2017 08:18 am Go to last post
  14. Need lisp to arrange raw ts survey data..

    Hello everyone i need a lisp to arrange raw data taken from total station during land survey and arrange it regularly....find the attachment below Thanks and have a good day.

    Started by prashantsingh‎, 16th Jun 2017 03:42 pm
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  15. 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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  16. 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
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    1st Jun 2017 01:57 pm Go to last post
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
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    23rd May 2017 03:28 pm Go to last post
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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

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