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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 January 2011

Quick View Drawings and Layouts

Quick View DrawingsThe Quick View features - Quick View Layouts and Quick View Drawings - may not be for everyday use, but they're really great when you need 'em.

Quick View Drawings is the most powerful, in my opinion, because it will display not only the open drawings, but also the layouts of those drawings.

Open two or more drawings - ideally, drawings with multiple layout tabs - then take a look at some of these insights

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Insights to Using Quick View Drawings

  • Click Quick View Drawings to display thumbnail images for the drawings that are currently open.

    Open
  • A menu appears with Pin Quick View, New, Open, and Close Quick View. Use the Pin Quick View if you are going to go to another Windows application, then return to AutoCAD.

  • Save

    When you hover on a drawing image, you have Save and Close icons in the corners… and the layouts for that drawing are displayed above it.

  • When you hover on a layout image, you have Plot and Publish icons in the corners.

    Plot

    Gold Star Tip: Use Ctrl + wheel scroll to increase or decrease the image size of the drawing or layout.

  • ArrowIf you have a significant number of layouts, you will see an arrow in the layout image to dynamically scroll right (or left).

  • The Quick View Layouts feature displays layout images for the current drawing only. That's why I typically prefer to use the Quick View Drawings - I can display any drawing/any layout.

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