Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding answers with InfoCenter , part of AutoCAD 2009: 2D Drafting Techniques.
When learning a program of the size and magnitude of AutoCAD we'll undoubtedly have questions. AutoCAD's Info Center allows us to find the answers to our questions without having to navigate through hundreds of pages of help documents. Now this drawing that we see on screen is merely here to serve as a background. We won't be doing anything with this geometry. Let's say I have a question regarding some aspect of AutoCAD. If I come up to the upper right hand corner of my interface, I can see my Info Center. This guy works very much like a Google Search on the Internet. We can enter a keyword in this area and then AutoCAD will search all of its sources of information to try and get us an answer.
Let's say I had a question regarding ellipses. I'm going to click in this area. We'll type Ellispe and at this point I can hit Enter or I can click this magnifying glass. And when I do, AutoCAD will bring up a series of hyperlinks that I can visit to try and get an answer. I'm going to come down and select Draw Ellipses. And when I do AutoCAD takes me right to the help document that is specific to drawing ellipses. From here I can navigate through the additional tabs if like or I can follow additional hyperlinks. Let me close this. One of the nicest features of the Info Center is that we can save our searches. For instance, Ellipse is still up here as a keyword. Let me come up and click the magnifying glass again. Now we have visited Draw Ellipses last time.
Notice if I hover over this hyperlink, I have got a little star at the end of the line. If I click this, I can save this search as a favorite place. Let me close the menu. That's what this star is for. This guy right represents my favorite searches. If I click this I can see in the list, I now have access to my Draw Ellipses search. If you would like to remove a favorite, you can simply come over and click the star again and that guy goes away. Now we can also use the Info Center to focus our search to a specific source. Let's say I had a question regarding my ribbon. I'm going to come up and click in the keyword area and we'll drag across this text and I'm going to type ribbon. This time instead of clicking the magnifying glass I'm going to click the flyout and from here I can select a specific source to search for this keyword.
Let's select the New Features workshop. This gives me hyperlinks that are specific to that source. I'm going to select Customize the ribbon and AutoCAD takes me right to the New Features workshop where I can get more information about the ribbon. When finished I'm going to come up and click X to close the window. The next time you have a question, try using AutoCAD's Info Center. You may find it to be the fastest way to get the information you are looking for.
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