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Accessing viewports within viewports

From: AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets

Video: Accessing viewports within viewports

Displaying your geometry in a layout viewport is the most efficient way to prepare a drawing for print. Using multiple viewports we can represent geometry at different scales within the same title block. Where you may run into a problem is when two viewports overlap, because AutoCAD always favors the larger viewport over the smaller one. So the smaller ones are difficult to select. In this lesson we will learn a shortcut that makes it easy to access any viewport on a layout. On my screen I have a drawing of an office floor plan. Let's take a look at the layout that's been set up for this file.

Accessing viewports within viewports

Displaying your geometry in a layout viewport is the most efficient way to prepare a drawing for print. Using multiple viewports we can represent geometry at different scales within the same title block. Where you may run into a problem is when two viewports overlap, because AutoCAD always favors the larger viewport over the smaller one. So the smaller ones are difficult to select. In this lesson we will learn a shortcut that makes it easy to access any viewport on a layout. On my screen I have a drawing of an office floor plan. Let's take a look at the layout that's been set up for this file.

As you can see, I only have a title block right now. I would like to create a viewport, such that I can see my geometry and set it to a measurable scale. Now, I've already created a viewport layer and I've set that current, so let's jump to the View tab. I will click the New Viewport icon. I will select Single, and OK, and then I will select this endpoint and this one to set the viewport size. Next I'll double-click inside the viewport boundary and then I'll use this menu to set the scale of this viewport to 3/8 of an inch equals a foot.

This looks like it will work perfectly. Let's pan this up and over to the left slightly. I'm going to turn off the grid as well, because I really don't need that displaying on my layout. When I am finished I will double-click outside the viewport boundary to jump out. I would like to create one more viewport. Let's create a detail of one of the exam rooms. Once again, I will launch the New Viewport command. I will click Single and OK. And then I will press F3 to turn off my running objects snaps momentarily and then I will click here and here to set the size of this viewport.

I will then double-click to jump in. I will zoom in and center the view on one of the exam rooms, and then I will set the scale of this viewport to 1 inch equals 1 foot. Let's pan this up slightly and when I'm finished I'll double-click outside the boundary to jump out. Now, it looks like this viewport is a little tight and I do have some room to spare. So I'm going to double-click in the larger viewport and I'll pan this view over.

Let's double-click out. I will then click to select my viewport edge and I use the grips to slide this over. When I'm finished I'll press Escape. Now, watch this. I am going to try and jump back into this viewport. Let's double-click. Notice that AutoCAD grabbed the wrong one. I am going to double-click out. Let's try it again. I'll double-click and AutoCAD grabbed the wrong viewport again. Hmm. In fact, AutoCAD will always favor the larger viewport over the smaller one.

To access this viewport I'm going to double-click in the large one and then I'll press Ctrl+R. In fact, each time I press Ctrl+R, AutoCAD will cycle through each viewport on the layout, making it easy to select the one that's difficult to enter using normal methods. So in the event you have viewports that are difficult to access, don't worry. You can easily take control of any viewport on your layout using Ctrl+R.

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  1. 1m 28s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 47m 11s
    1. Adding relevant data to Quick Properties and tooltips
      5m 38s
    2. Creating custom ribbon tabs and panels
      8m 55s
    3. Creating macro-enabled tools
      10m 29s
    4. Increasing speed with command aliases
      4m 44s
    5. Finding commands and system variables using Auto Complete
      2m 35s
    6. Optimizing the size of palettes
      3m 17s
    7. Accessing drawings using Favorites
      2m 25s
    8. Controlling notification bubbles
      2m 24s
    9. Restoring hidden messages
      3m 53s
    10. Following a blog from within AutoCAD
      2m 51s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Disabling mode settings on the fly
      3m 28s
    2. Finding hatch boundaries in busy drawings
      3m 32s
    3. Generating boundaries from difficult shapes
      2m 20s
    4. Calculating the overall length of multiple entities
      6m 16s
    5. Calculating the area of multiple shapes
      4m 42s
    6. Flattening geometry to a single elevation
      4m 0s
    7. Trimming all entities to one side of an object
      2m 42s
    8. Eliminating duplicated geometry
      5m 10s
    9. Creating true offsets
      3m 44s
    10. Finding errors when joining multiple entities
      6m 48s
    11. Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
      2m 24s
    12. Solving expressions using the command prompt calculator
      5m 1s
    13. Using the Calculator palette
      10m 25s
  4. 21m 17s
    1. Bringing all text objects to the front
      1m 20s
    2. Underlining single-line text
      1m 21s
    3. Managing numbered and lettered lists
      3m 36s
    4. Creating superscript and subscript text
      3m 18s
    5. Removing formatting from MTEXT
      3m 26s
    6. Using fields to identify who revised a drawing
      3m 10s
    7. Squeezing text into tight spaces
      3m 5s
    8. Hiding extra annotative scales
      2m 1s
  5. 16m 55s
    1. Creating "one-click" dimensions
      1m 52s
    2. Dimensioning angles greater than 180 degrees
      1m 40s
    3. Creating dynamic dimension breaks
      2m 20s
    4. Making linear dimensions act like aligned dimensions
      2m 44s
    5. Finding dimensions with false values
      1m 38s
    6. Creating parent/child dimension styles
      4m 45s
    7. Making dimensions easier to read
      1m 56s
  6. 14m 40s
    1. Making global edits to attribute data
      4m 1s
    2. Clipping references using curved geometry
      2m 21s
    3. Exchanging one block symbol for another
      3m 3s
    4. Using drag-and-drop to insert content
      3m 17s
    5. Creating a block library in two clicks
      1m 58s
  7. 10m 42s
    1. Making global changes to layer names
      3m 19s
    2. Converting all object properties to BYLAYER
      1m 43s
    3. Navigating layer lists using the keyboard
      2m 5s
    4. Producing a hard copy of the layer settings
      1m 34s
    5. Removing stubborn layers
      2m 1s
  8. 25m 1s
    1. Accessing viewports within viewports
      3m 21s
    2. Creating viewports with islands
      6m 5s
    3. Creating legends using the Change Space tool
      3m 55s
    4. Rotating viewport content to match layout
      4m 55s
    5. Importing layouts from template files
      2m 3s
    6. Visualizing multiple design alternates
      4m 42s
  9. 30m 18s
    1. Consolidating backup files into a single folder
      2m 48s
    2. Launching applications from within AutoCAD
      3m 53s
    3. Creating custom linetypes
      5m 9s
    4. Incorporating symbols into custom linetypes
      2m 48s
    5. Salvaging data from a corrupt drawing
      3m 57s
    6. Applying hyperlinks to drawing objects
      3m 34s
    7. Converting drawings from name-based to color-based plot styles
      2m 0s
    8. Identifying the owner of a drawing
      1m 18s
    9. Incorporating drawings into PowerPoint presentations
      4m 51s
  10. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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