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Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool


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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool

In this lesson, we're going to learn the fastest way to change the properties of our objects. I'm speaking of the Quick Properties Tool. This tool is like having a miniature Property Changer right at your Cursor. Now Quick Properties is actually a Mode setting. I'm going to come down to the Status Bar. I'll click this toggle to turn the tool on. When I do, we really don't notice anything different, that is, until I select something. I'm going to select this circle. Notice that the Quick Properties Tool looks very similar to the Property Changer.
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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training
6h 48m Beginner Jul 30, 2010

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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding model space
  • Working in a multiple-document environment
  • Organizing drawings using layers
  • Creating basic geometry
  • Configuring units for architectural, civil, or metric work
  • Incorporating blocks (symbols) into a working file
  • Maintaining accuracy with coordinates and snaps
  • Creating annotations that automatically size themselves
  • Moving and copying elements
  • Transferring data between drawings
  • Preparing standardized layouts with title blocks
  • Sharing drawings
Subjects:
CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool

In this lesson, we're going to learn the fastest way to change the properties of our objects. I'm speaking of the Quick Properties Tool. This tool is like having a miniature Property Changer right at your Cursor. Now Quick Properties is actually a Mode setting. I'm going to come down to the Status Bar. I'll click this toggle to turn the tool on. When I do, we really don't notice anything different, that is, until I select something. I'm going to select this circle. Notice that the Quick Properties Tool looks very similar to the Property Changer.

Essentially it's the same thing. It's just a smaller collection of settings. Now the tool is coming up in a collapsed state. If I move my Cursor over the tool, it will expand and show me all of the settings. As an example, I'd like to change the Radius of this circle. So I'll click on the Radius setting. I'll change this to 0.1 and press Enter. When I'm finished, I'll press my Escape key to deselect the circle and notice that the Quick Properties Tool closes on its own. So by having this tool turned on, each time you select something, you get quick access to many of the popular settings.

Now I'd like to make another change. These center lines are on the wrong layer. So I'm going to click each of these. Then I'll come over and click this Layer fly-out and I'll put these guys on the center layer. As you can see, by having the properties close to the Cursor, we can make changes very quickly. I'm going to select this circle one more time and bring back the tool and this time, we'll talk about the tool itself. In the upper left corner, we can see this bumpy pattern. This is a handle.

If I click and-hold on this, I can move the palette if it gets in my way. There is an Options icon in the right side of the Palette. If I click this, I can adjust the settings that are associated with this tool. I'll select Settings from the menu and Palette behavior controls whether the Palette collapses and how many settings that we see when it's in a collapsed state. Palette Location controls where the Palette pops up on screen. If I set this to Static, I can drag the Palette wherever I like and from then on, it will always pop up in that same location.

By default this is set to Cursor-dependent. This is my favorite setting by the way. We can see that it pops up to the Top-Right of the Cursor. If I click this fly-out, I can change that. And the Palette comes up 50 pixels away from the Cursor. I'm going to click OK to dismiss this dialog and then I'll set this circle back the way it was. I'll select it and then I'll change its Radius back to 0.25. Let me show you one more thing.

You're going to notice that some of the objects that you select aren't going to have all of the properties that you like. For instance, take a look at this dimension. This is on the wrong layer. If I select this, notice in the Quick Properties Tool, I have no Layer setting. That's what this big button is for. This allows us to personalize the Quick Properties Tool to match the way we like to work. If I click this, it brings up the Customizable User Interface. I can see right here that I have a Dimension selected.

Over here on the right, I can see a listing of the settings that I can choose from to display in the Palette. So every time I have a Rotated Dimension selected, I'd like to be able to change its layer. When I'm finished I'll click Apply and OK. Now when I select this dimension, I can move up and change its layer right here. Now it's important to note that all dimensions are not alike. This is a Radial Dimension. If I select this, notice there is no Layer option.

That's because this is a different object type. I'm going to go back to the Customize button and I'll turn on the Layer setting for Radial Dimensions as well. While I'm here, I can select any of these other object types and I can dial-up my Quick Properties Tool to match any of the settings that I use most. Finally, I'll use my setting to put this Radial Dimension on the correct layer. Using the Quick Properties Tool, we can change our settings much faster because the tool is just inches from our Cursor.

As an added bonus, we can customize the tool and load it up with the settings that we use most.

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Q: Despite following the tutorials, I am having trouble in AutoCAD Architecture 2011. I cannot copy basic line drawings of simple architecture from one file to another. I tile two AutoCAD documents open simultaneously and click on a geometry, let go, click again and hold and try to drag to the second document, but to no avail. What could be causing the problem?
A: There are a few possible solutions. At the command line, type "PICKFIRST" and press Enter. Make sure this variable is set to 1. If the value is set to 0 instead of 1, this would result in the problem described. Having PICKFIRST set to 1 (normally the default setting for "vanilla" AutoCAD) allows you to select an object first, and then launch an editing command (like Move or Rotate or Erase). Thus, you can work in both directions. Launch the Editing command first and then select objects, or visa versa. 
If PICKFIRST is not the issue, the problem might be something native to AutoCAD for Architecture, as there are some differences between that version and plain AutoCAD. Don't forget, you can also move geometry from one drawing to another by using Copy/Paste. Simply select your geometry and right-click, select copy, then click in your other drawing, right-click, and select Paste. Note that the Copy/Paste options are also available on the Home tab of the Ribbon. Copy/Paste should work regardless of your PICKFIRST setting.
 
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