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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. Unhappy Understanding Scaling

    Dear Forum, I'm new to using ACAD so please excuse me if my question seems to be simple. I would appreciate if someone can explain to me the following excerpt that I got from one of the ebook...

    Started by zoundwave07‎, 27th Oct 2016 11:03 am
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  2. Useful and Favorite Keyboard / CMD Line Short Cuts

    I'm no pro (not yet) but I have started to keep a running list of keyboard shortcuts that make some things really easy. I'll start. I look forward to seeing what cool steps the actual pro's use. ...

    Started by wallmaxx‎, 3rd Nov 2016 06:19 pm
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    3rd Nov 2016 08:43 pm Go to last post
  3. Changing the direction of an arc

    Hi - When drawing an arc using the 3 point Start,Centre & End option can you please tell me how you control the angle in which hthe arc is drawn i.e. whether it is to be concave or convex. Kind...

    Started by Stanier‎, 31st Oct 2016 10:48 am
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    31st Oct 2016 02:43 pm Go to last post
  4. highlight multiple items

    i can not high light multiple items to copy or move. I used to be able to do so but I may have hit something unfamiliar which may have changed settings or properties. I am using autocad...

    Started by edferia‎, 24th Oct 2016 03:58 am
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    24th Oct 2016 04:06 am Go to last post
  5. auto cad written assessment

    Hi I am new to CAD and although I am doing ok with the practical assessments I am struggling to find the info I need for the written work. I need to be able to describe the key features of the CAD...

    Started by Pedr‎, 11th Oct 2016 06:57 am
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    11th Oct 2016 02:39 pm Go to last post
  6. DWG TrueView 2017

    First I am an old member "Onkelbob" who's personal info has changed. I have re registered to make things simpler. I have retired and just recently bought on amazon a new copy of a old autocad 2007....

    Started by OnkelRobert‎, 7th Oct 2016 06:04 am
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  7. 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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  8. Question Need to draw a thicker line?

    Hi I am really new to auto cad, can some one tell me how to make my line thicker? I need the line to be bold not sure if i explained myself but im trying, thanks in adavnce.:unsure: Im using...

    Started by New draw1‎, 24th Mar 2007 12:48 am
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    30th Sep 2016 02:55 am Go to last post
  9. Copy and paste into another CAD file

    Howdy... I have two .dwg files open (one on each monitor). How do I copy multiple objects from one file to another, and maintain the proper scale. For example, if one table is 6' x 3', how would...

    Started by Casio47‎, 29th Sep 2016 06:37 pm
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    30th Sep 2016 02:14 am Go to last post
  10. model/paper space tabs disappeared

    how can I get the modelspace and paperspace tabs at bottom left of the drawing screen back? they have vanished for some reason! many thanks to someone with the answer

    Started by br0604bom‎, 3rd Jun 2010 11:04 am
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  11. How do I access the drop down arrow?

    See attachment. How do I access the drop down arrow next to the word "or?"

    Started by chezron‎, 6th Sep 2016 10:29 pm
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  12. Angry Command line keeps dissapearing

    AutoCAD 2015, command line is gone after I restart AutoCAD. I can type COMMANDLINE to get it back, but it will be gone when I open another drawing. Even saving a custom workspace didn't help :x ...

    Started by pefi‎, 12th Sep 2016 03:49 pm
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  13. Question Trigger autosave even if not idle?

    Hello. As I understand auto save feature only triggers when user is idle for specified amount of time. Is there a way trigger auto save at specified interval, regardless if user is idle or active?...

    Started by vanowm‎, 2nd Aug 2016 10:56 pm
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  14. How to make the grid extend throughout the model space???

    Hello folks, I toggled grid but it did not create a grid big enough to fill my model space...how do I make it so that the grid is everywhere in the model space?

    Started by StArchitect‎, 7th Sep 2016 06:19 pm
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  15. Dwg files

    Hi, How can i convert 3d dwg files to obj or 3ds ? I am not very good at using the program so is it easy to do it?

    Started by ilke85‎, 7th Sep 2016 02:52 pm
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  16. Points in display area

    Hi forum. Please see image above iam not creating any point but when iam clicking any where there are points appearing and if i pan the space they disappear. how to get rid of this problem? ...

    Started by cadsterdyne‎, 3rd Sep 2016 11:09 am
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    6th Sep 2016 10:41 am Go to last post
  17. Change new layout default paper size

    My question is simply: how do I dictate what is produced when I press this button? Right now I'm working off my own Standard.dwt file, where the first layout is set to an Arch D size, but...

    Started by oftenly‎, 29th Aug 2016 07:25 pm
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    30th Aug 2016 03:21 am Go to last post
  18. Getting Started with AUTOCAD

    Hello everyone, I am new to this forum, I have never used AUTOCAD and I am looking to advance my career in the Cable plant field by advancing to Cable Plant Design/engineer, which I am...

    Started by CableTech‎, 22nd Aug 2016 09:52 am
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    23rd Aug 2016 06:06 am Go to last post
  19. Missing info when drawing REC

    Hi guys, Using Autocad LT 2016 Mac. Normally when drawing rectangle you get live box next to it showing how big it is as you are drawing it. On my version of autocad when I draw the...

    Started by nowikovs12‎, 16th Aug 2016 04:38 pm
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    17th Aug 2016 09:06 am Go to last post
  20. Drawing What object is this?

    Dear Gurus I have this object in my cad file, but i don't know what is this. how to make it and break it? help me pleaseeeee!

    Started by bienda‎, 2nd Aug 2016 08:01 am
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  21. Locked first line...

    Just had the following problem manifest itself recently that I've not had previously. Whenever I draw a line by specifying length & orientation the line is Locked - it does not show to be locked (or...

    Started by CZSteve‎, 28th Jul 2016 10:50 pm
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  22. Add units to the drawing

    Hi, I finished my drawing but I made a mistake by selecting wrong unit. I know centimeter is (1 m=100 cm) but actually I draw as 1 m equal 10 cm so when I tried to put dimension the dimension...

    Started by engmoh4u‎, 30th Jul 2016 07:59 pm
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  23. Moved: how to select a massive polyline...

    Started by cat3appr‎, 24th Jul 2016 10:59 am
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  24. Moved: How to create a Style for lines, circles etc.?

    Started by rlcad‎, 22nd Jul 2016 09:11 pm
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  25. inserting point elevation text

    Please help someone ... I've been trawling for days trying to figure this out.... here goes... I have a CAD map that I have been working on (AutoCAD 07) of which I have changed all the z values...

    Started by surfinglaverty‎, 17th Feb 2010 08:40 pm
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