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Spell-checking

From: AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

Video: Spell-checking

You may have the best design concept in the world, but if your CAD drawing is riddled with spelling errors, your clients may have a hard time taking it seriously. Fortunately, AutoCAD provides a full-featured spell checker to help protect us from misspelled words. Let's take a look at the spell checker. We are going to open a drawing. We are going to look inside the Chapter 11 folder inside our Exercise Files directory, and I'm going to come all the way to the bottom of the list and we are going to open up drawing number 8, the Spell Check drawing. I will highlight that guy and click Open to bring him up on the screen.

Spell-checking

You may have the best design concept in the world, but if your CAD drawing is riddled with spelling errors, your clients may have a hard time taking it seriously. Fortunately, AutoCAD provides a full-featured spell checker to help protect us from misspelled words. Let's take a look at the spell checker. We are going to open a drawing. We are going to look inside the Chapter 11 folder inside our Exercise Files directory, and I'm going to come all the way to the bottom of the list and we are going to open up drawing number 8, the Spell Check drawing. I will highlight that guy and click Open to bring him up on the screen.

Now, let's make the assumption I'm working on a paving plan. I need to repave this parking lot. Now, I certainly don't have all of the information necessary for a paving plan, but I do have a parking lot and I have a fair amount of text. Let's use AutoCAD to check this drawing for spelling errors. If I want to spell check a drawing, I'm going to come up to my Tools pulldown and I'm going to select Spelling. This will bring up my Check Spelling dialog. If I look at the top, this is where I can select where I want AutoCAD to look for spelling errors.

Currently, it's set for the entire drawing. I don't always have to check the entire drawing. If I click the dropdown, I could limit my search to Model space or to the current layout if I wish or if I come down at the very bottom, I could spell check selected objects. Take a look at this little button, it's grayed out right now. If I select the Selected objects option, notice this little button pops up. This is my Select Text Objects button. From this button, I could click and I could select the specific text items that I would like to spell check.

In this case, I would like to spell check the entire drawing. So let's click the dropdown and we'll set this to Entire drawing. Now that I have told AutoCAD where to check, I am going to come over and click my Start button. When I do, AutoCAD will pan and zoom around the drawing and search for spelling errors. Now technically speaking, it's not necessarily a spelling error. It's just a word that AutoCAD does not recognize as being part of your current dictionary. The nice thing about AutoCAD panning and zooming to that area is that I can see that word in relation to the other words around it.

Let me move my Check Spelling dialog up here. Now, AutoCAD has found a word that was not in the dictionary preform. That is obviously a spelling error. If I come down, I can see AutoCAD has a suggestion perform, which is correct. If this is not in fact the correct word, AutoCAD gives me several other choices that I can select from. I'm going to leave the perform suggestion. Now, if I move to the right, here is where I can select how I want to deal with this misspelled word. I can click the Ignore button to skip this instance.

I can click the Ignore All to skip all instances of this misspelled word. I can also change this specific instance. Or I can change all and change every instance of this misspelled word. I'm going to click Change All. When I do, AutoCAD fixes the word and then it finds another one. Let me slide my Check Spelling just a little bit more to the left. Necessary, this guy is obviously misspelled. Once again, I'm going to come down and click Change All. AutoCAD has found another word. This word happens to be Superpave.

Now, Superpave is a brand name so this is not a misspelling. In this case, I'm not going to go with the suggestion. I can either ignore this instance of the brand name or I can ignore all instances. Instead, I'm going to add this word to my dictionary. This way, this word will never come up as a spelling error again. Let me click Add to Dictionary and AutoCAD will move on. Alright, AutoCAD has found another spelling error or another questionable spelling. I've got a callout that should read stop sign. I've obviously spelled it wrong.

Now, you don't want to always blindly click Change All because sometimes the computer grabs the wrong word. In this case, I can see that its suggestion is actually wrong. It should be the next guy down. I need to select Sign, that's what I want to swap this guy out with. And I'm going to click Change All. Now, I'm seeing that AutoCAD is spell checking the street name. Now, this street name happens to be spelled correctly. There is nothing wrong with this. It's not significant enough that I am going to add it to my dictionary. So in this case, I'm just going to click Ignore just to skip right pass this word.

Alright, I'll get just finished spell checking with document. Let me click OK and then we can click the X to close the Check Spelling dialog. Using a spell checker with an AutoCAD eliminates the need for us to have a dictionary close by while we draft and gives us the peace of mind of knowing that we are creating the highest quality construction document possible.

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AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

87 video lessons · 9539 viewers

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  1. 3m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Introduction to AutoCAD
      1m 28s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 23m 3s
    1. Modelspace
      2m 19s
    2. Toolbars
      3m 22s
    3. Pulldowns
      3m 36s
    4. AutoCAD's command line
      1m 44s
    5. Dockable palettes
      3m 21s
    6. The Status bar
      2m 58s
    7. Saving your workspace
      2m 10s
    8. Essential settings
      3m 33s
  3. 19m 1s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 0s
    2. Mouse functions
      2m 1s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regen
      5m 10s
    4. The multiple-document environment
      3m 23s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 32s
    6. Using templates
      2m 55s
  4. 16m 32s
    1. The Line command
      3m 16s
    2. ORTHO and POLAR modes
      5m 44s
    3. The Circle command
      3m 26s
    4. The Heads-Up display
      4m 6s
  5. 15m 48s
    1. Defining units of measure
      6m 12s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      5m 0s
    3. Drafting with metric units
      4m 36s
  6. 20m 49s
    1. Cartesian coordinates
      5m 48s
    2. Object snaps
      10m 27s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 34s
  7. 23m 26s
    1. Rectangle
      4m 20s
    2. Ellipse
      5m 58s
    3. Hatch
      8m 33s
    4. Polygon
      4m 35s
  8. 23m 19s
    1. Move and Copy
      6m 43s
    2. Rotate
      5m 4s
    3. Offset
      6m 1s
    4. Erase
      2m 5s
    5. Undo and Redo
      3m 26s
  9. 12m 34s
    1. Windows and crossing windows
      4m 48s
    2. Removing from selections
      3m 42s
    3. Using key-ins
      4m 4s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Trim and Extend
      6m 53s
    2. Fillet
      5m 1s
    3. Chamfer
      6m 35s
    4. Array
      8m 1s
    5. Mirror
      6m 52s
    6. Stretch
      5m 49s
    7. Scale
      5m 17s
    8. Grips
      7m 37s
    9. Explode
      4m 16s
    10. Polyline edit
      7m 46s
  11. 26m 0s
    1. Layers
      3m 30s
    2. The Layer Properties Manager
      9m 6s
    3. Layer control
      4m 29s
    4. The ByLayer property
      5m 26s
    5. The Layer Previous command
      3m 29s
  12. 43m 5s
    1. Single-line text
      3m 46s
    2. Text justification
      7m 2s
    3. Text styles
      7m 30s
    4. Multi-line text
      6m 28s
    5. Editing
      3m 24s
    6. Bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 5s
    7. Symbols
      6m 17s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 33s
  13. 28m 58s
    1. Creating dimensions
      8m 35s
    2. Dimension styles
      6m 40s
    3. Callouts
      6m 40s
    4. Tweaking dimensions
      7m 3s
  14. 14m 48s
    1. The Distance command
      4m 15s
    2. The Property Changer
      6m 30s
    3. The Quick Calculator
      4m 3s
  15. 25m 8s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      10m 15s
    2. Using blocks
      5m 46s
    3. Modifying blocks
      4m 9s
    4. Building your library
      4m 58s
  16. 48m 29s
    1. Quick plots
      6m 40s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 35s
    3. Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper
      3m 21s
    4. Layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      3m 11s
    5. Layouts pt. 3: Cutting a viewport
      6m 17s
    6. Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts
      4m 14s
    7. Scale factors
      3m 58s
    8. Sizing modelspace text
      7m 15s
    9. Sizing modelspace dimensions
      4m 47s
    10. Sizing linetypes
      3m 11s
  17. 9m 57s
    1. Drawing compatibility
      3m 4s
    2. E-transmitting
      3m 10s
    3. Saving to the Design Web format
      3m 43s
  18. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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