In this video, Shaun Bryant shows how the file order is maintained by AutoCAD 2018 in File Navigation dialog boxes.
- [Narrator] We're now in the next chapter of the course, and what we're going to do now is look at the user interface in AutoCAD 2018. Now, there are some new features in the 2018 user interface, and we're going to look at those, but we've got a new drawing to work with from our exercise files. And you can see the name of it at the top of the screen, it's Userinterface.dwg. So make sure you use that file to follow along with these videos in this chapter. Now we've got the Userinterface.dwg file open, and the first thing we're going to look at is the file navigation dialog box.
Now what you'll find is when you're working in Windows and AutoCAD, quite often you'll save a file in a big long list of files, using the file navigation dialog box. You'll then go back to it a couple of days later, and you'll realize that Windows has sorted it alphanumerically, and you've got loads of drawings that have similar file names, and it takes you a while to find that particular file. What AutoCAD 2018 does is it remembers the order of the files in the file navigation dialog box.
So what I'm going to do very quickly, with just two drawings, is I'm going to do a Save As, to create a second drawing. So there's my userinterface drawing there, Save Drawing As, I'm going to call it Userinterface001, like that, so I'm going to add some numbers to the filename. It's a 2018 drawing, so obviously we're using AutoCAD 2018. I click on Save and that then saves it, and what I'll quickly do now is just click on the Save icon at the top to lose that great big long path that we talked about. So you can see I've now got Userinterface001 open.
So if I now want to open up the other drawing that we used originally, just the Userinterface.dwg, I'll go to Open, like that, and it's got the order there, where 001 is the second drawing, can you see that there? So, I'll go Open Userinterface like that, and it opens up that drawing as well, and you can see from the tabs at the top, there's 001, and there's obviously the Userinterface.dwg file. Now, if I go back to that particular dialog box now, I've got to close the drawing to do this, so I'll close the 001 there, and that's now closed, and if I go back to Open again, the 001 is still at the bottom of the list.
If I click on Name here, and sort it so it goes to the top, alphanumerically, and then what I'll do is open it up again, like that. So that's opened again, and there it is there, the 001. If I go back to Open now here, it's remembered the sort order, 001 is still at the top. So that's one of the benefits of AutoCAD 2018, is that file navigation dialog box remembers the drawing order in the order that you're using it.
- Working with the File Navigation dialog box
- Using the Quick Access Toolbar
- Updating reference paths
- Changing path types
- Finding and replacing reference files
- Renaming unloaded references
- Using linetype gap selection
- Sharing design views from AutoCAD
- Setting a PDF layer
- Using the PDFIMPORT and PDFATTACH commands
- Changing text to MTEXT