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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

AutoCAD and its Areas

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Drawing Window:
Covering most of the screen and contains the drawing cursor that is used for pointing, and moves as the mouse is moved about. The axis icon in the lower left corner shows the X and Y axis directions.

Pull-Down Menus:
Across the top of the screen, operate in the same way as all Windows menus.

Docked Toolbars:
In the initial setup, these are arranged across the top of the screen below the pull-down menus and down the left side of the drawing area. These consist of sets of button tools, each performing some function. As you pas the mouse pointer over a button it becomes highlighted, and if you pause for a moment, a tool tip appears to identify the button.

Floating Toolbars:
As well as docking a toolbar along one of the edges of the drawing area, you can have any toolbar “floating” anywhere on the screen. In the initial setup, there are no floating toolbars on the screen. Command Window: Immediately below the drawing area is a command input area with the standard AutoCAD command prompt (“Command:”) on the left. If you type anything on the keyboard, then it will appear on that line.

Status Line:
Across the very bottom of the screen. This displays status information (such as the current coordinate location of the cursor in the drawing area). The labeled boxes at about the middle of the status line are “toggle settings” that can be turned on or off by clicking with the mouse.

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