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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.
When creating an office CAD manual, it's important to include a list of standard layer names and their settings. Having a hard copy of your layer standards gives you a roadmap that employees can follow such that everyone is creating drawings the same way. This layer roadmap is also a great tool to send the clients in the event you need their drawings to match yours. In this lesson I'm going to show you how to create a printable copy of your standard layer settings. Now the drawing that I have opened on screen contains no geometry. Well, I take that back. It does have a title block.
This drawing represents my office template file. this is the file that I would start all other drawings from. If I open the Layer control, you can see that this drawing contains several of my standard layer names and their settings. To make a printed copy of this information, I am going to click on one of the layer names to put the focus on the list and then I'll press Ctrl+A to select all of the layers. I will then press Ctrl+C to copy this information to my clipboard. Next, I'll jump over to Microsoft Excel and I'll press Ctrl+V to paste the settings.
Now that this information is in Excel, I can adjust the formatting, I can edit the data or add to it, and when I'm finished, I can print to file such that I can put it in my CAD manual or e-mail it to a client. Back in the old days, creating a hard copy of your layer settings meant a lot of manual retyping. Now, using the Windows clipboard, we can export all of our layer information in just a couple of clicks.
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