If you want to have easy access to the >9 fife. place a shortcut tel: your AutoCAD 2000 program group. Here’s how it’s done:
1. Open Windows Explorer and locate and highlight the Acad.logfile.
2. Right-click the Acad. 109 file.
3. In the popup menu, select Create Shortcut. A new file named Shortcut to Acad.log is created.
4. Shift-check a:-.ddrag this Shortcut file to the Desktop. (A Shift+click file moves the file instead of a copy.)
5. Right-click the Start button.
6. Click the Open option In the popup menu. The Start Menu window appears.
7. Double-click the Programs icon the Star: We’ll window, The Programs window: appears.
8. Adjust your view of the Program is window 50 you can see the AutoCAD 2000 program group icon.
9. Click and drag the Shortcut to Acad AutoCAD 2000 program group icon
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Capturing and Saving Text Data from the AutoCAD Text Window
If you are working in groups, it is often quite helpful to have a record of the status, editing time, and system variables for particular files readily available to ther group members. It is also convenient to keep records of block and layer information, so you can see if a specific block is included in a drawing or what layers are normally on or off.
You can use the Windows Clipboard to capture and save such data from the AutoCAD text window. The following steps show you how it’s done.
1. Move the arrow cursor to the command prompt at the bottom of the AutoCAD window.
2. Right-click the mouse. A popup menu appears.
3. Click Copy History. The content of the text window is copied to the Clipboard. By default, the text window stores 400 lines of text. You can change this number by changing the options in the TextWmd?w group in the Display tab of the Options dialog box.
1. Press the F2 function key to open the text window.
2. Using the l-beam text cursor, highlight the text you wish to copy to theClipboard.
3. Right-click your mouse, and then choose Copy from the popup menu. You can also choose Edit >- Copy from the text window’s menu bar. The highlighted text is copied to the Clipboard.
4. Open Notepad or another word-processing application and paste the information. I
If you only want to copy of the text window to the Clipboard, perform the following steps: You may notice four other options on the popup menu: Recent Commands, Copy History, Paste, and Options. Recent Commands offers a list of the most recent commands to choose from. You’ll find that for most activities, you use a handful of command repeatedly. The Recent Commands option can save you time by giving you a shortcut to those commands you use the most. The Paste option pastes the first line of the contents of the Clipboard into the command line or input box of a dialog box. This can be useful for entering repetitive text or for storing and retrieving a frequently· used command. The Options option opens the Options dialog box.
Storing Searchable Information in AutoCAD Files
As you start to build a library of AutoCAD files, you’ll have to start thinking about how to manage those files. Keeping track of AutoCAD files can be a daunting task. Most AutoCAD users start to name files by their job number to keep things organized. But even the best organization schemes don’t help if you need to find that one special among thousands of files in your library. In this section, you’ll learn how to include information in an AutoCAD file that can be later used to locate the file using the Windows Find utility.
To add general information about your drawing file that is searchable, use the Drawing Properties dialog box. To do this, choose File> Drawing Properties. The Properties dialog box appears. There are four tabs in this dialog box. Here’s a description of those tabs.
The General tab of the Properties dialog box gives you general information about the file. This information is similar to what you would see if you use the Properties options in the Windows Explorer toview the properties of a file.
In the Summary tab, enter any text in the Title, Subject, Author, and Keywords fields that is appropriate to the drawing. The information you enter here is stored with the drawing and can be used to locate the file through the AutoCAD DesignCenter or the Windows Find Files or Folders utility (Start :> Find >Files or Folders).
In addition, you can enter a base location for hyperlink links that are applied to objects in your drawing. This base location can be a directory in your computer or network, or an Internet Web address for more information on hyperlinks.
The Statistics tab contains the name of the person who last edited the drawing, as well as the time spent on the file.
The Custom tab contains two columns of input boxes. This tab lets you store additional custom data with the drawing that is also searchable. For example, you might enter Job Number in the Name column, then enter 9901 in the Value column. You might also include information such as project manager names, consultants, or revision numbers. You can then locate the file using the AutoCAD DesignCenter or the Windows Find utility by doing a search for those two keywords
Searching for AutoCAD Files
Once you’ve included information in the Properties dialog box of a file, you can use the AutoCAD DesignCenter or Windows Find to locate your file .
The following exercise will show you how to use the Windows Find utility to locate a file.
1. Choose Start> Find> Files or Folders from the Windows Desktop. The Find All Files dialog box appears.
2. In the Name & Location tab, select the drive location you want to search.
3. Click the Advanced tab, then select AutoCAD Drawing from the Of Type drop-down list. You can also choose All Files and Folders, although this choice will slow down the search process.
4. Enter a word in the Containing Text input box that you know is included in the file’s Properties dialog box.
5. Click Find Now to start the search .
After a-few moments, the file containing the word you entered in step 4 appears in the file list at the bottom of the dialog box. Double-click the filename in the list box to open it, or just note the location.