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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

Confining AutoCAD's Colors

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You can change many of the settings that affect the AutoCAD interface and drawing environment in the Options dialog box. For example, you can establish how often AutoCAD automatically saves the drawing to a temporary file, and you can specify the search path for files that you use most often. Experiment with the settings in the Options dialog box until you find the best environment for your needs.

Settings in the Options dialog box include the following:

  • Automatic Save (Open and Save tab). Saves your drawing at specified time intervals. To use this option, in the Options dialog box, Open and Save tab, select Automatic Save and enter the interval in minutes.
  • Color (Display tab). Specifies the background colors used in the layout and Model tabs and the color used for prompts and crosshairs.
  • Font (Display tab). Changes the fonts used in the AutoCAD window and in the text window. This setting does not affect the text in your drawings.
  • Search Path (Files tab). Sets the search path AutoCAD uses to find support files such as text fonts, drawings, linetypes, and hatch patterns.
  • To customize the colors of the application window elements

    1. From the Tools menu, choose Options.
    1. In the Options dialog box, choose the Display tab > Colors.
    2. In the Color Options dialog box, select the element you want to change by clicking the Model tab or layout tabs images.

    As you click areas of the images, the selection is displayed in the Window Element list. You also can change an attribute by selecting it from the Window Element list.

    1. Select the color you want to use from the Color list.

    To specify a custom color, choose Select Color from the Color list.

    1. If you want to revert to the colors specified by the Windows Control Panel, choose Default All.
    2. Choose Apply and Close to record the current option settings in the system registry and close the Color Options dialog box.
    1. Choose OK to close the Options dialog box.
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