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    Angry Is all of my work gone? (Oleson Village Project)

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    Hello, CAD-Pros
    I have been working on my (PF Oleson Village) project for the past few evenings and making some good progress. I have been re-reading chapters in the textbook and reviewing previous posts in the forums to aid me in this endeavor. Late last night I zoomed-extents and all my work was gone. I have been saving after every function. What happened? Do I have to restart from the beginning? Ideas?

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    Close and re-open it if you saved it.
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    Please check for a file with drawing.BAK extension that should be found in the same name as your exercise file (drawing.DWG). Rename it as drawing1.DWG and open it; it should contain the version before last save.
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    Zoom extents then zoom out a little more. Select>All


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    So long as you haven't closed the drawing then repeatedly clicking on the undo button should get you back, it sounds like you have an object way off in space, so when you zoom extents everything gets really really small. If you have closed the drawing then don't open it again without making a copy of the ****.bak file from the folder you were saving into, copy it somewhere else and then change the file extension to ****.dwg. That should at least give you a working drawing from a previous save point. And if you did close the drawing, after making copies, open the drawing and try pressing Ctrl+A you will probably see some blue marks at the edge of your screen keep zooming in on one of those it will be your drawing objects that you lost, if it is some odd lost line or geometry then delete it and zoom extents again.

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    Use Zoom, Window, 0,0 , 1000,1000 . Do you see some or most of your work? Zoom out some more until you see everything you are expecting. There is an object thrown out way away from your work which throws off zoom extents. Now use erase, all, R, use a crossing window to select everything you want to keep, hit enter. Now try zoom extents again.
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    Nothing worked ... tried all of your ideas. I guess a have to start over.
    Thanks anyway


    BTW ..why would that occur (work disappearing after zoom - extents)? I thought I was doing everything correctly. Guess not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nocrow View Post
    Nothing worked ... tried all of your ideas. I guess a have to start over.
    Thanks anyway


    BTW ..why would that occur (work disappearing after zoom - extents)? I thought I was doing everything correctly. Guess not
    Kan you post the drawing, here or something like dropbox if it is too big, stuff shouldn't just vanish, it may just be hiding somewhere.

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    DON'T START OVER, until we have had a chance to solve your problem.
    Did you use WINDOWS EXPLORER to open your folder and look for another file of the same name, but ending in .bak?
    If you find that you should be okay.
    Both MSASU and steven-g have suggested what you should do when you find the .bak file.
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    If you use the command STATUS, you can see how many entities are in the drawing.

    Is this project the one where a tree has to be inserted? In some other thread, it revealed that the quoted coordinates were about a mile away. When you zoom extents, the screen expands to show this distant object, but because of the magnification required all your linework appears a dot.

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