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Michael BeallMichael's Corner is a monthly publication written by Michael E. Beall, Autodesk Authorized Author and peripatetic AutoCAD trainer. Michael travels all over the USA, bringing his fantastic experience and great understanding of AutoCAD to his clients. Michael's Corner brings together many of the tips, tricks and methods developed during these training sessions for the benefit of all users.

Michael's Corner provides something for every AutoCAD user. Every month, a number of articles cover a wide range of topics, suitable for users at all levels, including "The Basics" for those just starting out. Essentially, the aim of Michael's Corner is to help all AutoCAD users work smarter and faster.

This month…

October - One-derful!!!

It's a God-thing.

I had no idea that 14 years ago I would be given the opportunity to make an impact on the professional lives of so many. Only God knew what was ahead, and hopefully, the contributions I have made through Michael's Corner have equipped many of you to be more productive and a bit more savvy using AutoCAD. And apart from all the AutoCAD bashing that is going on, I'm sure it has a long life ahead.

So, in an effort to keep the AutoCAD fires burning, here's what I have for my final installment…

…A reminder on how to customize your hot keys
…Three Power Tools — one for Zoom, one for editing, and one for Layers
…Two Odd Spots — one for Layers and one for Hatching
…Buried text treasure
…And how to Search 14 years of the Archives

As for what's ahead for me, I will continue to present a variety of AutoCAD sessions — Fundamentals, Intermediate, Customizing, Updates, and 2D & 3D. I will also keep training CAP Designer, 20-20 Worksheet, Visual Impression (those three from 20-20 Technologies, Inc.), and some Revit Fundamentals. Next year I'm looking forward to being very involved in training CET (from Configura, Inc.) when Herman Miller joins the growing number of manufacturers embracing this software that is being touted as the ‘Future of Space Planning’. Personally, I'm looking forward to spending a bit more time with Donna, my lovely bride of 30 years. When this posts, we'll probably be within days of going on our 30th Anniversary vacation to the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson; Ee-Hah! We had such a good time when we went for our 20th, we figured we'd do it again!

Ah, and I'm hoping to have The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition out before snow flies.

And with that, Mike drop! …so to speak.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

This month's articles

Change F1 to ESC
Smoother Zoom
Stretch with Extension
Lock Layers with a Crossing Window
Layer Columns & Hatch Background Color
Text Frame on Mtext

From the Vault

Originally published August 2006

Updated View Command in A2007

Over the last several years I have written a number of articles on the use of named views: April 2005, September 2004 & June 2003. The procedure to create a named view is the same as in the earlier releases, however in A2007 you will find some subtle adjustments and some very useful additions.

New View Manager Features Since A2005/A2006

  1. Tree display of Model, Layout, and Preset Views.
  2. Dual-pane display including a palette-like area with collapsible categories for General, View, and Clipping Plane settings.
  3. Preview area of selected view [very nice].
  4. In the New View dialog box, there are additional features for Live Section, Visual Style, and Background.

Other Things You Should Know

  1. When setting a view to be current, there is no indication that it will go to that view when you click OK. If you double-click the desired named view in the tree list, then click OK, you will see that view.
  1. After setting a named view to Current, then clicking OK without clicking Apply, you will see the Preview, but the value for Current View: will only read "Current". If, however, you click Apply on the way out, the Current View value will reflect the name of the current view.

Note: If you do click Apply before clicking OK to close the View Manager, the named view requested is restored to the drawing window prior to clicking Apply. This enables you to see if that's the named view you want. This is a nice feature especially if you have several named views in a Layout or if you're searching for that perfect display in a Preset View.

  1. On the Dashboard (Tools >Palettes >Dashboard), the named views are listed in a drop-down list in the 3D Navigation Control Panel area. From that drop-down you will also find the Preset Views listed, along with the ability to make a New View as well as open the View Manager.

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