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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 New Command and the New Drawing Wizards

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When you start a drawing, you specify the type of units to use and other settings. You can also choose how to save your work, including saving backup files.

Start a Drawing from Scratch
A quick way to begin a new drawing is to start from scratch, which starts a drawing that uses settings from a default drawing template file.

Use a Setup Wizard
A setup wizard establishes basic drawing settings step by step.

Use a Template File to Start a Drawing
A drawing template file contains standard settings. Select one of the template files supplied, or create your own template files.

Save a Drawing
You save drawing files for later use just as you do with other Windows applications. You can also set up automatic saving and backup files and save only selected objects.

To start a drawing from scratch with the Create Drawing dialog box

  1. If necessary, set the STARTUP system variable to 1 and the FILEDIA system variable to 1. On the command line, enter startup and 1; then enter filedia and 1.
  1. On the File menu, click New.
  2. In the Create New Drawing dialog box, click Start from Scratch.
  1. Under Default Settings, click either Imperial or Metric.

The new drawing starts as drawing1.dwg. The default drawing name changes to reflect the number of new drawings that have been started. For example, if you start another drawing, the default drawing name is drawing2.dwg.

To begin a new drawing using a wizard

  1. If necessary, set the STARTUP system variable to 1 and the FILEDIA system variable to 1.
  1. On the File menu, choose New.
  2. In the Create New Drawing dialog box, click Use a Wizard.
  3. Click Quick Setup or Advanced Setup.
  4. Complete the wizard pages using the Next and Back buttons to move forward and backward.
  1. On the last page, click Finish.
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