Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Use the window command, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- [Instructor] As you can see, we've stayed in the 10_LayoutsPrinting_HOUSE_Complete drawing. You will obviously be using the 10_LayoutsPrinting_HOUSE.dwg file to follow along with the videos, as you have done in this chapter already. Now you'll notice, I'm currently in the D-sized layout tab. It's just here. Now there's a command in AutoCAD when you're printing and plotting and using layouts, and it's called the window command, and you would normally use it to specify a window area in the model space that you want to plot at a scale to fit on a sheet.
So I'm gonna go to the model tab now, like so, and I'm just going to zoom out slightly on my drawing, and look at an area that I might want to place on a sheet to take with me on sight. That would normally be an area like this where you've got dimensions, and things, and leaders, and so on, so I'm gonna zoom in on the top bit here where I can see that annotation like that. What I'm going to do now is I'm gonna right-click on the model tab, now I could go to the output tab here and click on plot there in the plot panel if I wanted to, but I find the right-click on the model tab is easier, and I just go to plot.
That will give me this little prompt. Now you do get this sometimes, and with later versions of AutoCAD you will get this, where it's saying do you want to plot to a single sheet? Now you can switch it off. You can say do not show me this again. Now I'm just gonna continue to plot to a single sheet, but in later versions of AutoCAd, AutoCAD 2016, AutoCAD 2017, you get that little dialog prompt come up like that. Now I'm plotting from the model tab. I've got no page setup set up for the model tab, but I'm just gonna set a plotter.
So I'm gonna do a DWG to PDF like that, so it's gonna go out to a PDF for me, and I'm using the ANSI A which is the regular 8.5 by 11 inches sheet. It's there, like that. I'm gonna change the drawing orientation here. Make sure it's landscape, and I'm now gonna go what to plot, and I'm gonna select here the window command. This is this window command I mentioned, so I select window like so, and I now specify the window area that I want to plot.
And I'm gonna go from here, click. Just drag the window area over to about there and click again, so that's the area that is currently fitting on my sheet. Now the reason it's fitting is I'm using this fit to paper option. Can you see I get a red line? It goes off the sheet then. If I just say I want it to fit to paper, like so, that's done, now I want to center the plot on the sheet as well. Can you see it's centered it in the preview as well? Now I'm not actually going to plot this PDF, but what I can do now is I can click on preview, and there you go.
It shows me what fits onto that 8.5 by 11 sheet. I can then right-click and exit and it takes me back to the dialog box which I just need to drag down for you to see there. Now plot style table, let's say I change that to something like monochrome just to save on some ink. I'll say no to assigning it to all layouts. If I preview it now, it's black and white. That's perfect for me to pop onto a clipboard or into a notepad, and I can take that with me now, and I can take some red lining pens with me and just mark up what's actually going to go on that particular sheet of paper that I plot out, or I might be using something like Autodesk design review on my tablet, or on my phone, my smartphone, and it could be any device.
You can take it mobile if you want to because it's a PDF which stands for portable document format. So I'll just right-click there now and exit that, and it takes me back to the dialog box again. So if I wanted to plot that, all I would need to do is click on OK, and it would plot that window there. What happens if I want to change that window? I just click on the window button here, and it shows me the window I've already got, so if I now click here, let's say, and drag it to say there, like that, and click there.
That's a different window entirely. If I preview it now, it shows the different area that I've windowed in the model space on the sheet. So that's a great little tool for just taking a snipit of model space onto a known sheet size where it's not scaled to fit, so that I've just got that particular exert from the drawing, so that I can use it later. Perhaps when I go on sight to mark up some dimensions. So again, I'll right-click, exit. There's the dialog box back again like so, and I'll just cancel that now for purposes of training rather than plotting.
So that's how you can utilize that window command to make your life easier to get exerts of your model or your design, so that you can work with them perhaps on sight, or on the factory floor, and so on and so forth.
- Creating and publishing AutoCAD files
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Transforming objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Adding text, dimensions, multileaders, and scales
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: Is this certification available for AutoCAD for Mac users?
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Q: This course was updated on 02/01/2016. What changed?
A: We added four new videos to the "Certification: What Is It?" chapter. These tutorials cover Certiport, the online certification service that now offers a variety of Autodesk certifications.