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Michael’s Corner - October/November 2014

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October is here and with it comes the one hundred and thirty sixth Michael's Corner. Who'd have thought that eleven years after I first got in touch with Michael, we'd still be going strong. To put that into some kind of context, Michael's Corner has been going longer than Facebook and Twitter! That's pretty amazing but our heritage here at CADTutor runs even further back than that. The origins of the CADTutor website can be traced back to 1996 and that must make us one of the longest running sites on the Web. But enough of nostalgia!

In this month's Corner, Michael takes a close look at AutoCAD 2015 and covers some of the interesting new functionality that may have passed under your radar. Have you tried the new Text Aligh command? If not, give it a go and try out one of Michael's great productivity tools into the bargain. In other articles, Michael takes a look at the new Block Ribbon Gallery and the Quick View Layout feature on drawing tabs; and if you'd like your Quick View Drawing feature back, Michael can help there too.

This month's Beginners' section is actually for everyone using AutoCAD 2015 and describes the ever-expanding family of Cursor Badges. If you don't know what they are or if you do know what they are and you'd like to get rid of them, Michael has the answer.

Have a great Fall/Autumn, make the most of this seasons festivals, and we'll be back again in December with the next dose of tips, tricks and insights.

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Trim Up

TrimmingOften, you find yourself using the Trim command to tidy up loose ends of lines. If this is the case, don't bother selecting cutting edges, just use the "select all" option.

Start the Trim command, ModifyTrim from the pull-down menu or TRIM from the command line. At the prompt, simply hit Return (Enter) to accept the <select all> option.

Now, just pick the line ends you want to remove.

Today's tip is by Mr T

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