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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.
The area at the very bottom of the screen is called the Status Bar. Among other things, the Status Bar provides us information about the current state of our Mode Settings. Take a look at this role of icons. Each of these guys represents a specific mode. Now, some of these modes control the appearance of our drawing environment, others affect the way AutoCAD behaves when we are constructing geometry. Now, we'll talk about the functions of each of these modes as we progress through the title. For right now, I want you to understand that these icons represent toggles that can be used to turn the modes on and off.
If you hover over an icon, AutoCAD will tell you what Mode Setting that Toggle controls. If an icon appears blue, it means the mode is turned on. If it's grey, it's turned off. Let's take a look at this one. the third one from the left side. As you can see, this one controls our Grid Display, and it's blue, so it's obviously turned on. I am going to click to turn it off, and as you can see the grid disappears in Model space. Let's turn this back on, and what I'd like you to do at this point is turn the rest of these Mode Settings off. Go right down the line and click each of these guys and make sure that they are grey.
This will ensure that at least for right now, your Mode Settings match mine. Now don't worry, as we go through the lessons, you will learn what each of these settings does, and at that point, you can determine which modes you want to turn on and off. One more thing. as we work on the tutorials, keep an eye on my Status Bar. If your AutoCAD doesn't appear to be functioning like my AutoCAD, make sure our Mode Settings match. This will most likely solve the problem.
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