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The most important feature we have in AutoCAD is the ability to save our work. Saving allows us to walk away from an unfinished drawing and then resume work on it later. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to save an AutoCAD drawing. As you can see, I have a drawing open on my screen. Let me mention that this is an unsaved drawing. We can see that if we look up at the title car, this guy still says Drawing1.dwg. Since this drawing is unsaved, you're not going to find a copy of it in the exercise files folder. So if you want to follow along with me, you can use any unsaved drawing. All right.
Let's say I've been working on this file for a little bit and the end of the work day is approaching, so I need to save the file so I can continue working on it tomorrow. To save the drawing, I'll move up to the Quick Access Toolbar and I'll click the Save icon. This brings up the Save As dialog box, where I can give my file a name and choose where I'd like to save it on the hard drive. I'd like to save this drawing on the Desktop. Now, I happen to have a favorite place for the Desktop. I'll click that right here. And then in the File Name area, I'll drag across this text and we'll call the drawing sprocket, and I'll click Save. Okay.
Let's simulate the end of the day. I'm going to move over here to the upper right corner and click the X to close this drawing. And now we'll assume I'm just getting to work the next morning. To open the drawing, I'm going to click to open the Application menu and then I'll select the drawing from the top of my Recent Documents list. Take a look at the title bar now. It's easy to see that we're working in a saved drawing. Let me center this a little bit, and let's say I've made a few more changes. To save the drawing again, I'm going to move back up and click the Save icon.
Notice the Save As dialog box didn't pop-up this time. If I click Save when working on a named drawing, AutoCAD will simply overwrite the original file. If I'd like to save this drawing with a different name, or in a different place, I'll go up to the Quick Access Toolbar and click the Save As icon. This brings back the Save As dialog box, and from here I can choose a new drawing name or a different folder on my hard drive. In this case, I don't want to resave my drawing, so I'm going to come over and click the X to close the dialog box.
Very seldom will you start and finish in AutoCAD drawing during a single session. If the times comes where you're going to need to walk away from your computer, you can use Save or Save As to store your drawing, such that you can return to it later.
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