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Working in a multiple-document environment

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Working in a multiple-document environment

AutoCAD's interface is considered a multi-document environment. This means, we can have more than one drawing open at a time. Having multiple open drawings means we can easily share content between files. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to use the interface to manage multiple drawings. As you can see, I already have a drawing open, this is an architectural floor plan. I'd like to open another drawing. To do that, I'll move up to the Quick Access Toolbar and I'll click the Open icon. Then I'll look inside the chapter_02 folder and I'll select this drawing called the dormRoom and click Open.

Working in a multiple-document environment

AutoCAD's interface is considered a multi-document environment. This means, we can have more than one drawing open at a time. Having multiple open drawings means we can easily share content between files. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to use the interface to manage multiple drawings. As you can see, I already have a drawing open, this is an architectural floor plan. I'd like to open another drawing. To do that, I'll move up to the Quick Access Toolbar and I'll click the Open icon. Then I'll look inside the chapter_02 folder and I'll select this drawing called the dormRoom and click Open.

At this point, I have two drawings open in my interface, and you may be wondering, where did the first drawing go? Let me show you how we can flip from one open drawing to another. I'm going to select the View tab on the Ribbon, then I'll come down to the Windows Panel and I'll click Switch Windows. This brings up a list of my open drawings. The little check represents which drawing is current on screen. If I'd like the other drawing to be current, I could select its name from the list. Now, I love shortcuts. Another way we can toggle between open drawings is by pressing Ctrl+Tab.

If I press Ctrl+Tab, I can cycle through all of the open drawings in my interface. Now, may be I'd like to view both of these drawings at the same time. To do that, I'll click the Tile Vertically button, here on the Windows Panel. This gives me a nice side-by-side comparison of my files, and it's kind of like having two versions of AutoCAD open. As you can see, my focus is currently in this window. That means, I can pan, zoom and work in this file. If I place my Cursor over here and click, I can now pan, zoom and work in this drawing.

Let me center this guy on screen a little bit better. And you may be wondering when would something like this come in handy? Well, let's say I'm working in the Bedroom area of this drawing and may be I need a symbol that represents a bed. Rather than redrawing a bed from scratch, I'll steal the geometry from this drawing. Since my focus is already in this file, I'm going to click once to select this bed and then I'll click-and-hold, this copies the geometry to my Cursor. And then I'll drag this bed over into the other file and I'll release.

Now that I'm finished, I can click the X to close this drawing. I'm not going to save changes, and I can click the Maximize button to maximize this drawing on screen. It's important to remember that whenever you're working in AutoCAD, you never have to draw the same thing twice. You can always recycle geometry from another file. By allowing us to have more than one drawing open at a time, AutoCAD makes it easy to share content between drawings.

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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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