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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.
In every drawing it's important that you're dimensions accurately reflect your geometry. That being said, some people in an effort to save time will simply edit dimension values instead of fixing their geometry. The problem is every fudged dimension represents a future setback to your project. So in this lesson we're going to learn an easy way to identifying any false dimension values. On my screen I've a mechanical part and this part has several dimensions. Let's check this drawing and verify that each of these dimensions represents the true value.
To do that, I'm going to jump to the Express Tools tab and in the Dimension panel, I'll select Reset Text. This tool is used to remove any text overrides that have been applied to the dimensions. At the Select objects prompt, I am going to type All and I'll press Enter and we can see that AutoCAD has selected the dimensions that need to be reset. If I press Enter again, AutoCAD will set these dimensions to the real measurement. Now to review the dimensions that were changed, I'm going to move over to the Properties palette and I'll click the Select Objects icon.
I will then type P for the previous selection and I'll press Enter. I'll press Enter again to finish selecting objects and then I'll come back to the palette and I'll change the color of these dimensions to yellow. Now we have a nice visual cue showing us the geometry we need to look at. In the long run, it's always better to fix your geometry instead of editing dimension text, but since we can't guarantee that everyone will follow this rule, we can always use the Reset Text tool to protect ourselves from fudged dimensions.
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