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Viewing drawing contents

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AutoCAD WS offers many of the same viewing tools found in traditional AutoCAD, making it very easy to work in files of any size. In this lesson we're going to use Pan and Zoom to navigate a drawing. On my screen is a drawing that represents a partially finished tree survey. I have sent a survey crew out to this site to collect the location and species of all of the trees. This drawing represents the amount of work they have done so far. To zoom in on this drawing, I'm going to roll the mouse wheel forward. If I roll back, I can zoom out.

Viewing drawing contents

AutoCAD WS offers many of the same viewing tools found in traditional AutoCAD, making it very easy to work in files of any size. In this lesson we're going to use Pan and Zoom to navigate a drawing. On my screen is a drawing that represents a partially finished tree survey. I have sent a survey crew out to this site to collect the location and species of all of the trees. This drawing represents the amount of work they have done so far. To zoom in on this drawing, I'm going to roll the mouse wheel forward. If I roll back, I can zoom out.

Holding the mouse wheel down allows me to pan. This is typical AutoCAD functionality. If I wanted to focus my attention on a specific area, I can use the Zoom Window tool to do that. I'll click two points to define a rectangle and maximize that area on screen. Now that I'm here, I can hold the mouse wheel down and pan the drawing and review the work that's been done so far. To zoom to the drawing extents, I'll click the magnifying glass icon.

Note that several of the pan and zoom options can also be found in the right-click menu. I'm going to press the Escape to close the menu. Now it appears the tree survey is nearly finished. All of the trees have been located and approximately half of them have been identified. It looks like the remaining trees are here on the northern part of this site. I'd like to zoom in one more time because I did notice one tree here in the completed area that appears to have been missed. I'll use the Zoom Window tool for that.

Right here tree #34 still needs to be identified. I have to admit, I also zoomed in on this area so I can show you an additional feature. In the lower-right corner of the screen, you'll find the Incremental Zoom tool. If I click the minus, I can zoom out one increment, click the plus to zoom in an increment. If I click and drag this slider to the left one notch, I can zoom out a half increment. Drag it back to the right notch to zoom in a half increment.

The farther you pull the slider to the left or right will affect how much you zoom in and out. Now that I'm finished reviewing this drawing, I'd like to do a Zoom Extents. This time I'll do it by right-clicking, and I'll choose Zoom Extents from the menu. With its familiar pan and zoom tool set, AutoCAD WS makes it easy to navigate any of your project drawings, regardless of their size.

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