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Organizing files and folders


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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Organizing files and folders

Even though the files in our AutoCAD WS account are stored online, the file management tools are very similar to the ones on our local machine. In this lesson we're going to organize these existing drawings into some logical folders. I'll start by creating a new folder. To do that, I'll click the New Folder icon, and I'll call this folder samples, and I'll click OK. I'd like to place these example DWG files into this folder. One way to move content is by using the clipboard functionality.

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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
2h 23m Beginner Nov 19, 2012

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This course covers the basics of AutoCAD WS, focusing on workflows and collaboration that will help you and your team work more efficiently with this cloud-based CAD application. Author Jeff Bartels explains how to use the mobile and browser versions of the app, how to upload files and folders, and how to access and review drawing content. The course also shows how to perform standard markups, edit geometry and annotations, and plot to both PDF and DWF formats. A dedicated collaboration chapter demonstrates how to share drawings and use the Timeline feature to keep track of a drawing's version history.

Topics include:
  • Creating an AutoCAD WS account
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Viewing and editing drawings
  • Taking measurements
  • Redlining desired changes
  • Accessing and sharing drawings remotely
  • Editing annotations
  • Creating and inserting blocks
  • Plotting drawings to PDF or DWF
  • Incorporating aerial underlays
  • Practicing real-time collaboration
Subjects:
Architecture CAD
Software:
AutoCAD WS
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Organizing files and folders

Even though the files in our AutoCAD WS account are stored online, the file management tools are very similar to the ones on our local machine. In this lesson we're going to organize these existing drawings into some logical folders. I'll start by creating a new folder. To do that, I'll click the New Folder icon, and I'll call this folder samples, and I'll click OK. I'd like to place these example DWG files into this folder. One way to move content is by using the clipboard functionality.

For example, I'll select this AEC Building Plan, and then I'll come up and click the Cut icon to cut that item to my clipboard. I will then double-click the samples folder, and when I'm inside, I'll move up and click the Paste icon. Note that I could have also copied that file. I'm going to click the green arrow, this will move me up to the top level directory. Probably the fastest way to move content is using drag and drop. I'm going to click and hold on this Geospatial file, and I'll drag it down and release it over the samples folder.

Now, this is just one drawing. If I wanted to move more than one file, I could click and hold and create a crossing window. When my items are selected, I'll click and hold again, drag them over, and drop them on the folder. Let's create another folder. I'm going to call this one lynda exercise files. I will then double-click to open the folder, and I'd like to create a folder inside this one called chapter_01, and I'll click OK. I will then return to the top level.

I'd like to place this profile drawing inside that chapter_01 folder. To do that, I'll use the clipboard functionality, but I'm going to access it from the right-click menu this time. I'll select the file and right-click, from the menu I'll choose Cut selected. I will then open the exercise files folder and chapter_01. To place the file, I'll right-click and choose Paste selected. When I'm finished, I'll return to the top level.

In the event I wanted to delete an item from the drawings area, I could select it and click the Delete icon, or I could right-click on the item and choose Delete selected from the menu. In this case, I'd like to keep my data, so I'll press Escape to close this menu, and then I'll click on screen to deselect the folder. In the event I wanted to rename an item--for instance, I'd like to rename the samples folder-- I can right-click on it and choose Rename selected, I'll then click in this field, and I'll type original samples, and I'll press Enter when finished.

Currently I am viewing my data using small thumbnails. If I wanted to change the view, I could use these icons in the upper-right to view large thumbnails or list. So at this point, our drawings are now stored in these logical directories. By using familiar tools and shortcuts, AutoCAD WS makes it very intuitive to organize all of your online content.

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