In this video, author Shaun Bryant shows you how to work with your file tabs in AutoCAD.
- [Instructor] We're starting a new chapter now in our AutoCAD interface course, and we're going to be looking actually at some of the features of the AutoCAD interface that can help you work a little bit more productively and a little bit more effectively. One of those features is the File tabs at the top of the AutoCAD screen. So you'll notice these sit just under the ribbon here and you can see I've got the Start tab, which if I click on it, takes me back to the Start screen of AutoCAD, as if I've just started up AutoCAD. Any drawings I might have open though, I can click on a tab like so, and it'll take me to that particular drawing. So you'll notice that we're using the 00-Ground Floor Plan.dwg. For this particular chapter, you can download that file from the library and use it to follow along with the videos. Now, the 00-Ground Floor Plan as you can see is sitting there quite happily at the top of the screen under the ribbon. Watch that tab as I zoom in and zoom out though. If I zoom out a little bit and then zoom back in a little bit, do you see what happens? A little asterisk appears just on that file tab, letting me know that I've made a change to that drawing. Now that little asterisk is telling me that basically I've got some changes made and I haven't saved them. If I go up to the Quick Access Toolbar now and hit the Save icon, give it a few seconds to do that quick save and you'll notice the asterisk disappears. So as soon as I've saved it, AutoCAD lets me know by removing the asterisk. Now, if I hover over the little cross there, it'll go red in AutoCAD 2020 only, I hasten to add, and it lets me know that I can close that file by clicking on the little cross if I want to. Also as well, if you hover over the tab, you'll see there as well that you can go to the Model and the Layout tab. So if I hover there, there's the Layout tab, there's the Model tab. You'll also notice that I can plot and also publish batch plots from each of those tabs as well. If I hover there, there's the Plot, there's the Publish, the Batch Plot as well. So you can see, it's very useful utilizing those file tabs. They have a lot of functionality, and people don't realize that. So just utilize your file tabs to your advantage when you're working in your AutoCAD drawings.
- Working with the navigation bar
- Using AutoCAD keyboard shortcuts
- Navigating drawings
- Working with the ViewCube
- Drawing accurately
- Working with coordinates
- Working with object properties and layer states