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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. AutoCAD help for a Transport Planner!

    Hi I work in transport planning and want to teach myself how to use AutoCAD. Please can I get advice on where to start if I wish to learn AutoCAD for the purposes of highway design including...

    Started by LiteMayo‎, 1st Nov 2017 09:12 am
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    3rd Nov 2017 02:50 am Go to last post
  2. Question CAD - plan and side view

    I'm just trying to learn a little bit about CAD myself, therefore this is a fairly basic question. If drawing up a plan view (bottom of the attached image) with a corresponding side view directly,...

    Started by L-P‎, 23rd Oct 2017 01:48 pm
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    24th Oct 2017 09:40 am Go to last post
  3. Mouse Button Question

    I have been putting up with a problem for a while now with the programmable buttons on my mouse. The buttons are customized for ortho and osnap on and off. The don't work mid command. The screen...

    Started by Dswinty2‎, 15th Sep 2017 04:59 am
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    15th Sep 2017 05:43 pm Go to last post
  4. Problem printing PDF version of CAD 2011 problem

    Hi All, Usually when I print the PDF version of a cad plan it attaches itself to an email. I highlight the area I want to print, select PDF creator, preview and then click OK. Usually at the...

    Started by Franny‎, 12th Oct 2017 08:49 am
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    12th Oct 2017 07:44 pm Go to last post
  5. Change dimension sizes

    Q1. Having done a drawing and found that my dimension text is too big, how do I go about changing all the dimensions in this drawing without having to change each one individually? Q2. How do I ...

    Started by PJ01‎, 21st Oct 2017 12:44 pm
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    23rd Oct 2017 08:08 am Go to last post
  6. Autocad 2016 setting to metric and displaying meter in dimensions

    Hello I am beginner. I wanted to ask how can I display the dimension units? It only says 30 but I want it to say 30m. And by the way I think by default it is at inches and feet so how can I change...

    Started by ketanco‎, 16th Nov 2017 02:08 pm
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    17th Nov 2017 01:13 pm Go to last post
  7. Problem of missing file "fusion documentation.html" for AutoCAD 2013

    How can i get this file fusion documentation.html autocad 2013 ht...] You can send it at

    Started by Muhammad Wadoud‎, 26th Aug 2017 09:36 am
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  8. Cannot see Model drawing in Layout

    Hello, as a raw newbie, I have made a 100 x 200mm rectangle on my Model tab, and on the Layout tab, have prepared an A4 sheet, with border and Vport and Title block. However, the drawing does not...

    Started by PJ01‎, 4th Oct 2017 11:37 pm
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  9. template files

    Are there any benefits to saving templates as dwt as oppose to dwg files ?

    Started by kippax‎, 9th Nov 2017 10:08 am
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  10. Question [How to] Import .xls text with X and Y coordinate into AutoCAD

    Hi there, im using AutoCAD 2017 and I have a problem. I used DATAEXTRACTION command to create an excel file X and Y coordinate of mtext. When finished edit .xls file, I want to import it into...

    Started by ngolynguyen‎, 24th Nov 2017 03:58 am
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    24th Nov 2017 09:27 am Go to last post
  11. How can I import the cut/fill values from excel into AutoCad 2016 dwg

    Hi forum, I have got as far as obtaining cut/fill values in a column using excel, adjacent to their relevant point coordinates. Now I want to know how I can import the cut/fill value text from excel...

    Started by Bruceybee‎, 5th Dec 2017 03:36 pm
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  12. Smile Command for repeating an image around a circle?

    Several weeks ago I was using a command in Autocad which meant when I had drawn a large circle, I could place (for example) a small circle within it and near the circumference and then input into CAD...

    Started by L-P‎, 23rd Nov 2017 02:08 pm
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  13. Moved: How to create a Style for lines, circles etc.?

    Started by rlcad‎, 22nd Jul 2016 09:11 pm
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  14. Moved: Creating An Arc To Connect To Two Other Arcs Tangentially

    Hi all I am using Autocad Civils 3D. I have a series of points that represents an existing alignment. I have created (via arc of best fit) two arcs (shown in pink & green) that go through...

    Started by tomtomtom‎, 16th Aug 2013 01:13 pm
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  15. Plotter driver language in Chinese, not English

    Maybe this is not the right forum for this, but I'm hoping to get some help. I am running AutoCAD LT 2017 with an HP1050C plotter and my plotter language (in my plot configuration) has changed from...

    Started by ttownsend‎, 5th Dec 2017 02:41 pm
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  16. Moved: What is Object Snap mode of Nearest?

    What is nearest as object snap mode and where it will be useful to use it?

    Started by khoshravan‎, 3rd Oct 2016 01:35 pm
    nearest, snap
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  17. Angry Need quick help.. HELP HELP HELP

    This may be a simple fix, but I'm stuck. When I went to open an Autocad 2006 drawing this morning, an Autocad box came up on the bottom of my screen and the drawing did not open. When I hover my...

    Started by olecarman‎, 16th Dec 2017 02:22 pm
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  18. Moved: how to select a massive polyline...

    Started by cat3appr‎, 24th Jul 2016 10:59 am
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  19. Moved: Need help with insane lag and dark renders

    Started by neuri‎, 14th Dec 2017 02:28 am
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  20. Moved: Opening Tool Closed..??

    Started by rash‎, 19th Jul 2008 02:03 am
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  21. Moved: Can't trim a line

    Dartz does not seem to be having a very good time of it all around.:ouch:

    Started by ReMark‎, 29th Jan 2013 01:38 pm
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  22. Moved: Text not appearing on drawings when printed

    Started by Frannym‎, 17th Apr 2014 10:53 am
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  23. Moved: Setting Vport scale for drawings in meter

    Started by helpme‎, 8th Nov 2016 10:18 am
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  24. Moved: Will this video card work?

    Started by vedzonius‎, 7th Apr 2010 12:53 pm
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  25. Moved: Changing Text Font

    Started by L-P‎, 15th Dec 2017 01:47 am
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