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The Quick View Layouts functionality in AutoCAD 2009 provides a faster and more visual alternative to using the traditional Model and Layout tabs. In fact, the previous layout flyout on the status bar has been replaced by a new Quick View Layouts button.
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When you enable Quick View Layouts, AutoCAD displays a horizontal row of layout images. You can identify and select layouts, not only by name, but by appearance. Increase or decrease the size of the layout preview images by pressing the Ctrl key while rolling the mouse wheel up or down. If the layout images extend beyond the edge of the screen, you can use the arrow keys or the mouse to scroll.
Icons within the layout preview image provide easy access to plotting and publishing. Additional tools are available in the control panel, which is automatically displayed below the Quick View images. You can pin Quick View Layouts so that it remains visible while you work in the drawing editor.
Create new layouts using an option in the control panel as well as in the right-click menu. The right-click menu provides access to other familiar layout tools as well as a completely new option, which enables you to export the layout to modelspace in a new drawing.
AutoCAD Insider - Autodesk blog by Heidi Hewett