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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.
Several of AutoCAD's pop-up messages contain a little checkbox that says Don't show me this again. Well, have you ever selected that box and then wished you hadn't? In this lesson I'm going to show you how to restore a message box that you have previously told AutoCAD to hide. On my screen I have a simple mechanical drawing. As you can see, I have a top and a front view of my part. I am going to zoom in and we'll center these labels on screen. I'd like to start by editing this label. So I'll double-click on it.
As you can see the label was created using Multiline Text. I am going to click inside the Editor and I'll add the word VIEW. Now I would like to add this word VIEW to the other label as well. So I'm going to click hold and drag across this text and then I will right-click and select Copy to copy the text to my Clipboard. When I do, AutoCAD brings up this message. Now if you paste this text into another application it might be difficult to see. That's because this text is white. If I was to paste it into Word or Excel, white on white is going to be hard to read. You know what? Don't show me this message again. Let me close this.
Now that I've copied that text to my Clipboard, I'm going to press the Esc key to cancel out of the Editor. When I do, AutoCAD brings up another message. It says, "Hey, you are canceling this command, but you know what, you did make some changes to that text. Do you want to save those changes?" Well, I am going to check, Always perform my current choice, and then I'll click Yes. Oops! I just clicked No. Now, that's a problem. First of all, I just lost the text that I added to this label. Secondly, because I checked that box and said No, anytime I edit Multiline Text in the future and happen to hit my Escape key, AutoCAD is just going to drop me out of the command.
it isn't even going to ask me to save my changes. So the question is, how can I restore that message box now that I have told AutoCAD to never show it to me again? Here is how. I'm going to right-click and select Options from the menu. You can also type Options at the command line to bring up this dialog box. Then we'll go the System tab and I am going to click the Hidden Messages Settings button. This brings up a tree view showing me all of the messages that I've told AutoCAD to hide. Now your tree may look different than mine, if you've already asked AutoCAD to hide some of the other messages.
First of all I make sure the AutoCAD group is expanded. If yours is not, you can click to expand it. Then I will click to expand the Multiline Text command and right here I can find the two messages that I just asked AutoCAD to hide. Here is how the restoration process works. If you select a message from this list, AutoCAD will show you a nice preview right down here of what the message look like. This is the one I'd like to restore. So I'm going to place a check in this box. Placing a check in the box restores the individual message.
If I place a check at the command level, AutoCAD will restore all messages associated with that command. If I place a check at the application level, AutoCAD will restore all messages associated with the application. Now I would like to restore this message only. I'll come down and click OK and then I'll click OK. All right, let's test this and see if it worked. I'm going to double-click to edit my Multiline Text. I am going to add the word VIEW, and then as an example, I'm going to press Escape to cancel out of this command.
Once again, AutoCAD is asking me if I'd like to save my changes. You know what? I'm not going to check this box, because it is kind of handy to have AutoCAD ask me this. I am just going to come over and click Yes to save my changes this time around. So the next time you see a box that says Don't show me this again, don't worry too much about clicking it. The selection that you make isn't permanent. You can always restore a hidden message by visiting the Options dialog box.
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