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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 Structure

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The AutoCAD Command System:
The first thing to understand about AutoCAD is how the command system operates. Everything in AutoCAD is achieved by issuing a command. Generally, commands are entered by:

  • Clicking a toolbar button or
  • Selecting the command from a pull-down menu.
  • In rare cases, a command has to be typed in at the Command prompt (where there is no equivalent toolbar or menu option).
  • In some cases, a particular command can be entered in any one of those three ways depending on your personal preference. To complicate the matter further, some commands can be typed in with an abbreviated alias, which is often the quickest way to get the command started. Once a command has been issued, AutoCAD displays a prompt (or instruction) on the command line indicating your options for proceeding with that command.

    To see how the command process operates, watch the command line as you click on any toolbar button. You will see the corresponding command printed at the command prompt and then, as AutoCAD responds to the command, it will display some kind of instruction or prompt (on the same line) and then wait for you to respond. Remember to press the key if you wish to cancel the command (unless you want to carry it through to see what happens). The Command Line Prompt always follows the same “pattern”.

    AutoCAD first tells you what it expects you to do (“enter a point”, “type in a value”, etc). If there are other alternative actions you can take as part of that command sequence, then those are listed next within square brackets, each separated by a slash character. You can select any of those alternative options by typing the capitalized letters only of the option. At the end of the prompt line, if appropriate, AutoCAD displays the default answer to the prompt within angle brackets. If you simply press the Enter key, AutoCAD will use that default value.

    To develop your understanding of this process further, choose any of the drawing tools, click the button while watching the command prompt, and then pick points in the drawing area in response to the prompts. You should be able to draw things with very little further explanation!

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