Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Opening, saving, and closing files, part of AutoCAD 2018 Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] We're now in a new section of our AutoCAD 2017 essentials course and what we're going to look at is managing our AutoCAD dwg files and also, having a look at the options, the setup of AutoCAD 2017. So in this first video, we're going to look at opening, closing, and saving our AutoCAD files, our dwgs, as they are. You'll notice that I've got a new file open. It looks the same as the previous section, which it is the same file, but I've renamed it as 02_ManagingFiles.dwg.
Now, the reason I've given you a separate file to download from Lynda.com, is it means that you can obviously store these files sequentially and make sure that you can work on them individually to follow along in the videos, rather than just use the same file over, and over, again. So we've got the drawing open. You can see our gridlines, you can see it's the layout of our hotel or our college or our building, or whatever that particular building may be. And what we're going to look at is opening, closing, and saving files. Now, I've already got one file open.
Now, what I can do, if I want to open another file, I can open up multiple files in AutoCAD very, very easily. Now, I can do this in a number of ways. I can go up to the application menu here, and if I click on the little fly-out arrow there, you can see there that I can go to open, like so. And I can open a drawing, I can open a drawing from the Cloud, from my A360 account. I can open up a sheet set, or I can open up a DGN, which is a different file type, but it can open up into a dwg file. You'll notice there, I've got the options, also, for a new file from a drawing or a sheet set there and I've also got the save and the save as, so I can save drawings to a drawing, to the Cloud, as a template and so on.
Now, we will cover some of this later on in the course as well. Now, if I want to open up a file, I can also utilize the quick access toolbar because you'll notice, I've got there, new, I've also got there, open, I've also got save and I've also got save as. So if I go and click on open here, now, like that, It prompts me to go to a particular folder. Now, I'll just drag the dialogue box down. And this is one of the new dialogue boxes that you can actually make bigger in AutoCAD 2017.
So I can actually drag and make that dialogue box bigger. Obviously, its got a minimum size. You don't want it to disappear into nothingness, but the idea being, is I can drag that and if I'm on a screen that's larger than, say, my laptop screen, you can see there I get a nice preview that gets bigger as I stretch the screen, like so. In this case, it's nearly, pretty much full size on the screen anyway. So what I am in, is the drawings folder and you can see, there is my 02_ManagingFiles.dwg which is the drawing we've got open already. But you can see there, that I can go and pick a file that I want to use.
So it might be 02_ManagingFiles.dwg, the file that we're already using. I can also type in the file name, and as I type in the file name there, it'll pick files with a similar name from the list. You'll also notice I can select a drawing. If I click on the little fly-out arrow here, that's gone off the bottom of the screen slightly. So what I need to do there is just bring the dialogue up a bit. This is what happens when I've got a little bit of restricted screen resolution here. So if I now click on that fly-out there, now, you can see that I can open up a dwg, a standards file, which is a dws, a dxf, drawing exchange format file, which is a neutral format file that may come from another CAD product, or I can open up an AutoCAD drawing template, a dwt.
Now, we will cover some of this as we move further through the course. The main file you will obviously be using is the native file the dwg, most of the time. So what you would do there, is you would select the file that you want to open, like so. And then you would click on open. Now, you'll notice, there's an arrow there. That allows me to open the drawing either read-only, partial open the drawing or partial open read only. What does that mean? Well, what I'm going to do is, cancel the dialogue first of all, and then what I'm going to do is, I'm actually going to close my ManagingFiles drawing, like so.
So I can click on this little crosshair on the tab and that will close it, and now, all I've got is the start tab open. So I can open a file here, like this. I can click on open files there, and it takes me back to that same dialogue box. Now, I'm just going to pop the top off of the screen a little bit, just like that. It just gives me a little bit more scope with the resolution down at the bottom of the screen. Now, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to open up my 02_ManagingFiles.dwg, but I'm going to do a partial open. What this allows me to do is, it allows me to go to extents or the last geometry, but I can switch layers on and off.
So one of the typical layers that I might find in here is the grids. So there's my grids there, can you see? So what I want to do is, just bring this dialogue up here a bit and the grid, I'm going to load that geometry like so, and I'm going to load the grid-iden or identity, which is the bubbles. So if I now open that with a partial open, watch what happens. I only get the grid lines because they're the only two layers that I've switched on. So if you've got a really busy drawing, what you can do there is, you can actually just open up the layers that you want to see.
What's really nice is, the tab tells me it's a partial open, like so. You can see there, when I hover over the tab, I can go to the layouts, I can go to the model and so on, which is quite useful. Now, what I'm going to do is, close the file again, like so. I'm not going to save the changes in this case. Then what I can do is, if I go to open files again now and I select my 02_ManagingFiles and just click on open this time, it brings it all in with all of the layers. Now, closing a file, you've already seen me do that one way, which is here, by clicking on the cross here.
I can also close a file by clicking on this little cross here, and I can also just type the word, "close". I can also go here to the application menu, and obviously, click on close here, and I can close the current drawing or all drawings I may have open. As you can see, current drawing or all drawings. Now, be aware of that, because there's lots of different ways that you can open and close a file. Saving a file, even easier. You go up here. Now, this file at the moment is 02_ManagingFiles.
If i click on this save icon, it will save it with the same file name and just save any changes that I've made. But don't forget, you can do a save as as well, which is this one here. So if I click on save as, just bring the dialogue box back down so we can see it, there we go. I've got 02_ManagingFiles, but this might be 02_ManagingFiles2, let's say. So what I can do here, is obviously, come in here like this, type 2, press enter and I've now got a new file. Now, if I do save on that one, you'll notice it's trying to show me the path up there, at the top of the screen.
If I click on the save, just shows me the file name, and it's ManagingFiles2. So that's how you open, close, and save your drawings when you're working in AutoCAD 2017.
- Exploring the user interface
- Using the ribbon, status bar, and ViewCube
- Opening, saving, and closing files
- Setting and converting drawing units
- Navigating drawings
- Saving and restoring views
- Drawing and modifying objects
- Drawing accurately
- Reusing content
- Creating output
- Using PDFs in AutoCAD