Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Utilizing named views to manage the Model tab, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- So here we are in another AutoCAD drawing, ready for another AutoCAD tip and trick. Now, the drawing we've got is 12_NamedViewsMODELTAB.dwg, and we're gonna look at creating named views in the model tab to manage our model tab in what might be a complex AutoCAD drawing. Now this drawing isn't that complex, it's a nice, simple example, and it allows us to set up a number of named views and then navigate the model tab quickly and effectively.
So download the file, if you want to, to follow along with the video. Now, we're in the model tab, and you can see we're looking at a plan of a building with various rooms there. Now those rooms might each need a named view so that you can navigate around the drawing quickly and easily. So in this top left corner, I'm gonna zoom in, just using the wheel on the mouse by rolling up on the wheel, and you can see there that we have a bathroom right here. So this is going to be bathroom one.
And it's also got a shower in there, so we might even call it shower room one, depends on what you want to call it. How do I create that named view, though? Well, we're gonna use a thing called the view manager, and it's well hidden in the drawing area if you don't know where it is. It's over here with this text here. Can you see? If I hover there, it's actually got top and that's my view controls, if I hover there, that's also got my visual style controls. You need to click on the word top, and it opens up all of the standard views that you have available in your AutoCAD drawing.
So top, bottom, left, right, et cetera. Isometrics if you're working in 3D. We need here the view manager, so we click there. That brings up the view manager dialogue box. Now there's all our preset views, we can create new model views. So there's model views there, we click on new, it knows we're in the model space. So it automatically now allows us to create a new view. Now this dialogue is reasonably tall, so I'm just gonna drag it down a little bit so that you can see it. So my view name there is going to be shower room one.
Like so. Now the view category, there aren't any at the moment so we'll call that a plan view, like so, and the view type will be still, it won't be a recorded work or cinematic, it's just a still, one-off shot of that area. Now we need to define the window of the area around the shower room. So we click on that button there, takes us into the drawing area. So we need to literally click and drag as if we're putting a window around it. So I'm gonna click there and drag my window around the shower room like that.
Give yourself a little bit of leeway around the room itself, and there it is there. Press enter to accept that, as you can see on the command line there, and that view is now set. Shower room one, it's a planned view, I'll bring the dialogue up, and I'll click on okay. So you can see we now have shower room one. I'm now gonna click on new again, and I'm gonna create another new view now, and this time this one's gonna be called lounge. So we've got the lounge with the fireplace.
So I'll click there, and what I'll do, I'll click on the fly out now, and it's a planned view, I'll click on define window, like so, and the lounge is over here, so I can pan, I can still move around, and I'm gonna click here, and drag the window around the lounge area, click there, and there's my view there. Press enter to accept again, takes me back to the dialogue box, and then I click on okay, like so. So I've got lounge and shower room there in the list. I'll apply those views to the drawing now, and click on okay, and I'm gonna double click on the wheel in the model tab to zoom extents, like that.
Now I go back up here to where it says top, and I've got some custom model views. So if I go lounge, takes me straight into the lounge. I go here, click again, and go custom model views, shower room one, I go to the shower room, like so. How neat and quick and tidy is that? If you've got a complicated AutoCAD drawing, create those named views. You can see they're all showing up here at the top in the view control, and I've just gotta click, custom model view, I wanna go to the lounge, like that.
Straight there, no having to worry about where it is and zooming out and zooming in again, trying to find it. It's done, the view is there, the named view is there, and it will zoom to the extent of that boundary that you set when you created each view. So if you want to get around your drawing a bit quicker, use those named views in the view manager. Much, much quicker, much, much easier, saves a huge amount of time when you're working in a complex drawing in AutoCAD.
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