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AutoCAD 2010 For Dummies


From AutoCAD 2010 For Dummies by David Byrnes
AutoCAD 2010 is both powerful and complex. Setting it up to conform to the standards you want is the first step in using it. Whether you work in inches and feet or millimeters, you have to know the size limits associated with the scale youre working to. And whatever youre working on, AutoCAD's keyboard shortcuts make accomplishing certain tasks quick and easy.

How to Set Up the AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Functions


Using AutoCAD 2010 enables you to do amazing things if you just set it up right before you get started. The following table shows AutoCAD commands in both the ribbon application and classic menus and describes what each does: Ribbon / Application Menu Model Space 1. Application menuNewDrawing FileNew NEW (Ctrl+N) Specifies a template drawing (DWT file) Specifies linear and angular units Specifies working area Zooms to limits Classic Menu Command Description

2. Application menuDrawing UtilitiesUnits 3. None

FormatUnits

UNITS

FormatDrawing Limits

LIMITS

4. View tabNavigate panelZoom dropdown flyoutAll 5. None

ViewZoomAll

ZOOM, All

ToolsDrafting Settings

DSETTINGS

Specifies snap and grid spacings Sets linetype scale Sets dimension scale (on the Fit tab) Enters drawing informational properties

6. None 7. Home tabAnnotation panel Dimension Style 8. Application menuDrawing UtilitiesDrawing Properties Paper Space 9. None

None FormatDimension Style

LTSCALE DIMSTYLE

FileDrawing Properties

DWGPROPS

ToolsWizardsCreate Layout FileSave

LAYOUTWIZARD

Creates a paper space layout Saves the

10. Quick Access

QSAVE (Ctrl+S)

toolbarSave

drawing

Keyboard Shortcuts for AutoCAD 2010


The keyboard shortcuts in AutoCAD 2010 let you accomplish tasks at the press of a key or two. The following table shows some of the most-used AutoCAD commands and their shortcut keys: Keyboard Shortcut Ctrl+S Ctrl+O Ctrl+P Ctrl+Tab Ctrl+PgUp/Ctrl+PgDn Command QSAVE OPEN PLOT None None Purpose Saves the drawing Displays the Select File dialog box Displays the Plot dialog box Switches to the next open drawing Switches to the previous/next tab in the current drawing Toggles the AutoCAD Text Window on and off Toggles running object snap mode on and off Toggles ortho mode on and off Toggles snap mode on and off Toggles polar mode on and off

F2

TEXTSCR

F3

OSNAP

F8 F9 F10

ORTHO SNAP POLAR

AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Scale and Limits Charts: Feet and Inches
AutoCAD 2010 helps you design nearly anything you can think of, but you do have to recognize some limits. The following table shows limits for drawing scales from 1/16 of an inch to 3 inches to a foot: Drawing Scale 1/16" = 1' 0" 1/8" = 1'0" 1/4" = 1'0" 1/2" = 1'0" 3/4" = 1'0" 1" = 1'0" 1-1/2" = 1' 0" 3" = 1'0" 8-1/2" x 11" 136' x 176' 68' x 88' 34' x 44' 17' x 22' 11'4" x 14'8" 8'6" x 11' 5'8" x 7'4" 2'10" x 3' 8" 11" x 17" 176' x 272' 88' x 136' 44' x 68' 22' x 34' 14'8" x 22'8" 11' x 17' 7'4" x 11' 4" 3'8" x 5'8" 24" x 36" 384' x 576' 192' x 288' 96' x 144' 48' x 72' 32' x 48' 24' x 36' 16' x 24' 8' x 12' 30" x 42" 480' x 672' 240' x 336' 120' x 168' 60' x 84' 40' x 56' 30' x 42' 20' x 28' 10' x 14' 36" x 48" 576' x 768' 288' x 384' 144' x 192' 72' x 96' 48' x 64' 36' x 48' 24' x 32' 12' x 16'

AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Scale and Limits Charts: Millimeters


You work to scale when you design using AutoCAD 2010. And because you work to scale, the boundary of a project depends on the scale youre using and the size of the paper youre going to print it on. The following table shows the

limits for various scales in millimeters: Drawing Scale 1:200 210 x 297 mm 42,000 x 59,400 mm 21,000 x 29,700 mm 10,500 x 14,850 mm 4,200 x 5,940 mm 2,100 x 2,970 mm 1,050 x 1,485 mm 297 x 420 mm 59,400 x 84,000 mm 29,700 x 42,000 mm 14,850 x 21,000 mm 5,940 x 8,400 mm 2,970 x 4,200 mm 1,485 x 2,100 mm 420 x 594 mm 84,000 x 118,800 mm 42,000 x 59,400 mm 21,000 x 29,700 mm 8,400 x 11,880 mm 4,200 x 5,940 mm 2,100 x 2,970 mm 594 x 841 mm 118,800 x 168,200 mm 59,400 x 84,100 mm 29,700 x 42,050 mm 11,880 x 16,820 mm 5,940 x 8,410 mm 2,970 x 4,205 mm 841 x 1,189 mm 168,200 x 237,800 mm 84,100 x 118,900 mm 42,050 x 59,450 mm 16,820 x 23,780 mm 8,410 x 11,890 mm 4,205 x 5,945 mm

1:100

1:50

1:20

1:10 1:5

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