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In AutoCAD 2011: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets, Jeff Bartels shows AutoCAD users how to become more efficient power users, reducing the amount of time it takes to accomplish a task, increasing profit margins, and strengthening marketplace competitiveness. The course covers everything from shortcuts used in geometry creation, to program customization, to real world solutions to common problems. Interface customization, block and reference management skills, and express tool usage are also covered. Exercise files are included with the course.
Using tool palettes is a great way to organize your block libraries. However, it can sometimes be a little time consuming dragging each and every block from a drawing onto a palette. In this lesson, we're going to look at a way to create a block library in two clicks. As you can see I've just launched my AutoCAD and I'm sitting in the default Drawing1 file. I'm going to open up the Design Center. Now mine happens to be anchored to the left side of the screen if your Design Center is not visible you can always press Ctrl+2 to turn it on.
Over here on the left side, I am going to navigate to the exercise files folder on my system. I'll click the Plus to open the folder. I'll click Plus to open up chapter_05 and let's take a look at this drawing called arch-furniture. I'm going to click the Plus to navigate into this drawing. Now this drawing contains several blocks that represent interior furnishings. You can see the icons for them right over here. I would like to create a block library using the blocks in this drawing.
To do that, I'll make sure that the drawing file name is selected. I will then right-click and choose Create Tool Palette. And that's it. AutoCAD creates the tool palette for me. As you can see the blocks are all named and I have a nice thumbnail image of each symbol. I can now insert these blocks into any drawing by simply dragging them out of the palette. Let's drag out an executive desk and I'll release to place this. Now this is a little big. I'm going to double-click my scroll wheel to do zoom extends and I'll back up a little further.
Let's drag in a guest chair. I'll drag over a computer and I'll add a file cabin. I'm sure you'll agree that creating a tool palette doesn't have to be a tedious project. If you have some drawings that contain blocks that you'd like to share, navigate to those drawings in the design center and build yourself some two-click block libraries.
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