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AutoCAD 2000 Basics
Setting Up AutoCAD

01-Intro to AutoCAD
02-Setting Up the Display Properties
03-Confining AutoCAD's Colors
04-Auto Saves Etc....
05-Getting to Know AutoCAD
06-AutoCAD and its Areas

The Basics of AutoCAD

07-The Menus
08-The Toolbars
09-The Drawing Area
10-The Status Area
11-The Command Prompt
12-The Command Structure
13-The Smart Menu

The Basics of Setting up a Drawing

14-The New Command and the New Drawing Wizards
15-Setting Units
16-Setting Drawing Limits

The Basics of Drafting

Coordinate system and Absolute Coordinate System
Relative Coordinate System
Polar Coordinate System
Direction and Distances
Ortho Tracking and Polar Tracking with Direction and Distances
How to Select and Un-Select
Layers and How to Use Them
Getting Around in Your Drawing Using the Zoom and Pan Commands
Grips Selection

Basics Drawing

The Basic Line
Contraction Line
Poly Line
Insert Block
Make Block
Point and Its Sub Commands
End of Drawing Tools

The Basic Modify Commands I.E.

Match Properties
Edit Hatch
Edit Poly Line
Edit Spline
Edit Text
Copy/Multi Copy


Intro to Annotation
Using Single Line Text
Spelling Checker
Setting Up Text Style
Liner Dimension
Aligned Dimension
Ordinate Dimension
Radius Dimension
Diameter Dimensions
Angular Dimensions
Base line Dimensions
Continue Dimensions
Leader Dimensions
Tolerance Dimensions
Oblique Dimensions
Align Text
Dimension Styles
Setting Current Dimensions Style
QDim Dimensions
Tolerance Dimensions

The End Product

What is a Layout
How to Use a Layout
How to Set up a Layout / Viewports and Layouts
Making Single Viewport
Making Polygonal Viewport
Making Viewports Out of Closed Shapes
Clipping Viewports
Setting Up Viewport So They Don't Plot
Using Layers in Viewports
Setting Dimension Text to Self Scale to the Layout
Using Pen Settings and Making Pen Settings
Plotting and Printing
Last Word on Pen Tables and Plotting

Setting Up the Display Properties

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Object Properties Window

One of the best new features to AutoCAD 2000 is the ability to edit an object by double clicking on it. Lines, circle, arcs, etc use the Properties Window to edit. Dtext uses DDEDIT, Hatch uses HATCHEDIT, Mtext uses the multiline text editor. Give this a try. Your paradigm will change!!!

In AutoCAD 2000/2002 the Properties Window becomes the focal point for editing. The Properties Window lists the current settings for all object properties when a single object or multiple objects are selected. It also can be used when using the 3DORBIT command. To modify properties using the Properties Window select the object or objects whose properties you want to change. You can leave the Properties Window open while you work on other parts of your drawing.

  • Double click on an object
  • When editing objects in AutoCAD 2000/2002, select the objects FIRST or by using the select objects button, then go to the Properties Windows to do your edits
  • Use Quick Select to select objects for editing
  • The Properties Windows becomes the graphical front end to editing all objects.
  • Displays the current list of an object or objects
  • Filtered selection sets using Quick Select
  • Select Objects
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