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Saving a workspace

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Saving a workspace

In this lesson, I'd like to talk about the concept of a workspace. A Workspace is a saved configuration of tools on our screen. While we're not going to be doing a lot of screen customization in this title, it's an important concept for you to know. In the event, the tools and menus you see on your screen, don't match mine, you will know exactly where to go to make the appropriate changes. First of all, a workspace is nothing more than a means to save the way our tools that are displayed on the screen. AutoCAD comes with several preinstalled workspaces. If I move up to the Quick Access Toolbar, I can click this fly-out to open up the Workspace menu and we can see workspaces for 2D Drafting.

Saving a workspace

In this lesson, I'd like to talk about the concept of a workspace. A Workspace is a saved configuration of tools on our screen. While we're not going to be doing a lot of screen customization in this title, it's an important concept for you to know. In the event, the tools and menus you see on your screen, don't match mine, you will know exactly where to go to make the appropriate changes. First of all, a workspace is nothing more than a means to save the way our tools that are displayed on the screen. AutoCAD comes with several preinstalled workspaces. If I move up to the Quick Access Toolbar, I can click this fly-out to open up the Workspace menu and we can see workspaces for 2D Drafting.

I have a couple here for 3D Drafting. And I have one called AutoCAD Classic. If I select this one, AutoCAD will restore my interface to the way it looked back in the days of AutoCAD 2008. Let's open up the Workspace menu again. This time, I'll select the 3D Modeling workspace. When I do, we can see that the Ribbon panels and tabs are consistent with 3D Drafting. I'm going to open up the menu one more time and let's return to the 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace. Let's add a component to our interface. I'm going to bring up the Properties Palette.

To do that, I'll click on the View tab. Then I'll come down to the Palettes Panel, and I'll click the Properties icon. Now that my palette is on-screen, I'll click and hold on the Title Bar, and I'll drag this guy to the left-side and release. That docks it to my interface. Finally, I'm going to move up and click the Minimize button such that this guy takes up the least amount of space. Now that I've added this component, let's save the workspace. To do that, I'll click the Workspace fly-out. We'll open up the Workspace menu and I'll select Save Current As. Then we'll give our Workspace a name. I'm going to call this Jeff's 2D Drafting Workspace, and I'll click Save.

If we look right up here, we can see that is now the name of the current workspace. Now that I've selected my workspace, if I open up this menu and select any other workspace from the list and then come back to mine, AutoCAD will remember the configuration of tools on my screen. We can see our Properties Palette right here. Notice that AutoCAD even remembered which tab was current on the Ribbon. Now let's take this concept even further. In order to bring up the Properties Palette, I had to go to the View tab. Right now, if I wanted to draw some geometry, I'd have to go back to the Home tab to get access to the Draw tools.

If I click and hold on the Draw Panel, I can drag this out into Model space. Now this panel is always going to be available, regardless of the tab that's current on my Ribbon. If you're someone who has dual monitors, consider dragging some of these panels onto your second screen. A saved workspace will also save the location of any floating panels. To return a panel to the Ribbon, I can move my Cursor over it and then I'll click this icon on the upper right corner. Finally, since my Home tab is current, I'm going to save this change to my workspace.

Let's open up the menu one more time. I'll select Save Current As. I'll choose my workspace from the menu and I'll click Save. And we'll overwrite the original. Now that I have saved my workspace, I can select any other workspace from this menu and when I return to mine, AutoCAD will remember the tools I like to have on-screen.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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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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