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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

The Command Prompt

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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.

The Command window is where you tell the program what to do and where the program tells you what’s going on. It’s an important area, and you’ll need to learn how it works in detail. Three lines of text should be visible. If your screen displays fewer than three lines, you’ll need to make another line or two visible.

Just below the drawing area is the Command window.
This window is separate from the drawing area and behaves like a Windows window--that is, you can drag it to a different place on the screen and resize it, although I don’t recommend that you do this at first. If you currently have fewer than three lines of text in the window, you’ll need to increase the window’s vertical size. To do so, move the cursor to the horizontal boundary between the drawing area and the Command window until it changes to an up-and-down arrow broken by two parallel horizontal lines.

Hold down the left mouse button, drag the cursor up by approximately the amount that one or two lines of text would take up, and then release the mouse. You should see more lines of text, but you may have to try this a couple of times to display exactly three lines. The top two lines of text will be separated by a line from the bottom line of text.

When you close the program, the new settings will be saved; the next time you start up AutoCAD, the Command window will display three lines of text.

The Command window is where you give information to AutoCAD and where AutoCAD prompts you for the next step in executing a command. It’s a good practice to get into the habit of keeping an eye on the Command window as you work on your drawing. Most errors occur when you aren’t looking at it frequently. If the Dyn button on the status bar is activated, some of the information in the Command window is displayed in the drawing area next to the cursor. We’ll look at this feature when we start drawing.

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