In this video, Shaun Bryant shows you how to use your workspaces in AutoCAD.
- [Instructor] We're starting a new chapter now in our course and we're going to be looking at AutoCAD workspaces. Now we've got a drawing open. Now we don't actually make any changes to the drawing in this particular chapter, but we do need an active drawing open to work with the AutoCAD workspaces. So the drawing we've got for you is 00-Ground Floor Plan.dwg. You can see the name of it at the top of the screen there. Just download it from the library. And use it to follow along with this particular video in this particular chapter. Now, the reason that we need a drawing open is, you cannot change your workspaces in AutoCAD without a drawing open. Whether it's an active drawing, like the ground floor plan, or whether it's just a simple blank drawing that you might have opened up when you started up AutoCAD. Now your workspaces are available on your status bar in AutoCAD by default. That's this cog down here with the arrow next to it. So if I click on the arrow, there's my workspaces that are available. Drafting and Annotation, is the default 2D workspace. You've also got 3D Basics and 3D modeling. As a suggestion, if you are going to move towards 3D in AutoCAD, use 3D modeling. It's a bit more of a comprehensive user interface. So if I click on 3D modeling, what you'll see now is the workspace change. You'll now notice on the ribbon I've got lots of different tabs; solid, surface, mesh, et cetera. If I want to go back to the Drafting and Annotation workspace, I click on the fly out arrow here, and select Drafting and Annotation again. And you'll see that it goes back to the original workspace that I was in, the Drafting and Annotation workspace. Now, also be aware with your ribbons in each of these workspaces, you can change its appearance. Now sometimes you might click on this in error. It's this little white button here with an arrow on it. If I click on that, you'll see the ribbon changes. And you can change this and set this in a particular workspace. You'll see what I mean in a moment. So if I click here like so and keep clicking through, I'm changing the appearance of the ribbon in the workspace as well. If you keep clicking, You'll end up back at the default setting like so. Now, workspaces allow you to define your environment in which you work in AutoCAD. So it may be you want to have a slightly different workspace to work in. Now one of the really nice features of AutoCAD in the ribbon is sticky-panels. So if I click and drag on my draw panel here. Look, I can drag it out and stick it in the drawing area. Let's do the same with the modify panel. Click and drag like so. So I've got draw and modify now free floating in the working area like so. And, they're known as sticky-panels, in the trade so to speak. They're a bit like a post-it note. You're sticking them in your drawing area here in AutoCAD. So What we've done there now is we've changed the workspace. Now what we'd like to be able to do is save those changes. So what we do, is we pop down here like so. Click on the little arrow next to the cog again, and save current as. So I'll save that now. I'll give it a name. Let's call it SCB, my initials, and then a dash and then just AutoCAD like so. And I'll save that. So that is now my own personalized workspace. So I'll save that like so. Now I can go to that anytime by clicking on the arrow here. And you'll see now that I've got SCB-AutoCAD as my current workspace. Now if I go back to Drafting and Annotation, watch what happens. The sticky-panels disappear, and you'll notice that Draw and Modify the panels are back in the ribbon. But if I now select my saved workspace, you'll see that the sticky-panels drop back into the drawing area. Now it's a very simple change, but can you see you're customizing your workspace so that you're more comfortable with it. And when you're comfortable, you're more productive, you're more efficient. Now you might not want to have to keep going down to the status bar all the time to change your workspace. You can on the quick-access toolbar here, click on what I jokingly call the eject button, on the quick-access toolbar. It's actually customized. And you'll notice if we come down here, we've got workspace available. If I select that now it displays the workspaces on the quick-access toolbar. So if I click there, I can go back to Drafting ans Annotation. And it's just there up in front sort of in my line of sight. And I can go to any workspace I want to quickly and easily. Personally I prefer to have my workspaces in the quick-access toolbar. Now I'm just going to jump back to Drafting and Annotation, like so. And leave it all set to the default. And don't forget as well you can click on this button here. So what I can do here is I can minimize. And I can change that setting as well, and save it to a workspace if I want to. I'm just going to take that back to the default setting so that we've got our default ribbon back. So that's workspaces in a nutshell in AutoCAD.
- Using workspaces
- Working in the Model and Layout tabs
- Saving and restoring views
- Locking viewports and freezing viewport layers
- Adding a title block
- Using annotative dimensions and revision clouds