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Data Management with AutoCAD 2013
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Editing table cells and using formulas


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Data Management with AutoCAD 2013

with Scott Onstott

Video: Editing table cells and using formulas

In this lesson, you will use simple mathematical formulas to multiply subtotals and add up the grand total of the price of the furniture depicted in the schedule. Open the Office 13 project file and then click on this blank cell here in the Totals column. Notice that there's a lock symbol next to the cursor. (audio playing) This cell is also locked. In fact, all four of these Total cells are locked. So before we can edit the contents of these cells, we need to unlock them.

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Data Management with AutoCAD 2013
1h 19m Intermediate Aug 02, 2012

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In this workshop, AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott teaches you how to build intelligence into drawing objects so that the symbols used in your drawings carry meaning beyond simple geometric representations. Learn how to embed manufacturer, model, and pricing data into commonly used blocks; create invisible attributes that embed data in geometry without it appearing in the drawing area; and use field codes to display information from the AutoCAD database inside text objects. Plus, discover how to format, edit, and extract attribute data for use in external spreadsheets and/or for display within tables in AutoCAD drawings.

Topics include:
  • Why data management is important in AutoCAD
  • Designing attributes and storing attribute data
  • Using fields to display object properties
  • Extracting data from AutoCAD send to Microsoft Excel
  • Creating tables
  • Formatting table cells and styles
  • Editing table cells and using formulas
Subjects:
video2brain CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Scott Onstott

Editing table cells and using formulas

In this lesson, you will use simple mathematical formulas to multiply subtotals and add up the grand total of the price of the furniture depicted in the schedule. Open the Office 13 project file and then click on this blank cell here in the Totals column. Notice that there's a lock symbol next to the cursor. (audio playing) This cell is also locked. In fact, all four of these Total cells are locked. So before we can edit the contents of these cells, we need to unlock them.

Select cell F3, hold down Shift, and then select cell F6. This makes a selection of the four contiguous cells. Right-click and then choose locking, unlocked. (audio playing) Then click on cell F3. In order to enter a formula, you just have to type equals. I'll type equals and then I want to multiply the item count which is here in cell A3 times the price. So I'll type A3 asterisk, which means multiply by. And then type cell E3.

Press Enter and there's the total. Let's do this again. Equals. This time, we're thinking of cell A4 times E4. So I'll just type that in. A4 asterisk E4, Enter. Again, equals A5 times E5. Enter. Finally, down here, I want to calculate the sum of these subtotals. I'll type equals and then I'll write the word sum. (audio playing) And then (audio playing) left parentheses.

And I want to total everything in this column so it starts at cell F3. I'll type in F3 (audio playing) and then colon. This will indicate a range of cells. So I'll type cell F5. (audio playing) And then close parenthesis and press Enter. This gives us grand total of the furniture used in this particular drawing. (audio playing) So, in this lesson you learned hot add and multiply table cells on AutoCAD in order to calculate the total price of the furniture depicted in the drawing. You now have the skills to attach non-graphical information to objects and manage its flow through attributes and blocks, through fields, and finally for display and tabulation in tables.

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