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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 Smart Menu

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Shortcut menus give you quick access to commands relevant to your current activity. You can display different shortcut menus when you right-click different areas of the screen, including

  • Within the drawing area with one or more objects selected
  • Within the drawing area without any objects selected
  • Within the drawing area during a command
  • Within the text and command windows
  • Within areas and on icons in DesignCenter
  • Within areas and on text in the Multiline Text Editor
  • On a toolbar or palette
  • On the Model or layout tabs
  • On the status bar or the status bar buttons
  • Shortcut menus typically include options to

  • Repeat the last command entered
  • Cancel the current command
  • Cut and copy to the Clipboard and paste from the Clipboard
  • Select a different command option
  • Display a dialog box, such as Options or Customize
  • Undo the last command entered
  • If text has been entered on the command line, right-clicking automatically executes the text as a command without displaying the shortcut menu.

    You can customize right-click behavior to be time-sensitive, so that a quick right-click acts the same as pressing ENTER, and a longer right-click displays a shortcut menu.

    Shortcut menus can be customized by changing the acad.mnu file.

    To turn off shortcut menus in the drawing area

    1. From the Tools menu, choose Options.
    1. In the Options dialog box, choose the User Preferences tab.
    2. Under Windows Standard Behavior, clear Shortcut Menus in Drawing Area.
    3. To control Default, Edit, and Command shortcut menus individually, select Shortcut Menus in Drawing Area, and then choose Right-Click Customization.
    4. In the Right-Click Customization dialog box under Default Mode or Edit Mode, select one of the following options to control what happens when you right-click in the drawing area and no command is in progress:
  • Repeat Last Command. Repeats the last command. Selecting this option turns off the Default and Edit shortcut menus. Right-clicking is the same as pressing ENTER .
  • Shortcut Menu. Displays the Default or Edit shortcut menu.
    1. Under Command Mode, select one of the following options to determine what happens when you right-click in the drawing area while a command is in progress:
  • Enter. Turns off the Command shortcut menu. Right-clicking is the same as pressing ENTER .
  • Shortcut Menu: Always Enabled. Displays the Command shortcut menu.
  • Shortcut Menu: Enabled When Command Options Are Present. Displays the Command shortcut menu only when options are currently available in the command line prompt. In a command prompt, options are enclosed in square brackets. If no options are available, right-clicking is the same as pressing ENTER .
  • In addition to turning the Default, Edit, and Command shortcut menus on and off, you can customize the options that are displayed on them. For example, you can add options to the Edit shortcut menu that are displayed only when circles are selected.

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