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If You Want to Experiment

Try drawing the latch shown. 1. Start AutoCAD, open a new file, and name it Latch . 2. When you get to the drawing editor, use the Line command to draw the straight portions of the latch. Start a line as indicated in the figure; then enter relative coordinates from...

Displaying Data in a Text Window

Some commands produce information that requires a Text window. This frequently happens when you are trying to get information about your drawing. The following exercise shows how you can go an enlarged view of messages in a Text window. 1. Click the List tool in the...

Getting Help

Eventually, you will find yourself somewhere without documentation and you will have a question about an AutoCAD feature. AutoCAD provides an online help facility that gives you information on nearly any topic related to AutoCAD. Here’s how to find help: 1....

Editing with Grips

Earlier, when you selected the door, little squares appeared at the endpoints and midpoints of the lines and arcs. These squares are called grips. Grips can be used to make direct changes to the shape of objects, or to quickly move and copy them. So far, you have seen...

Selecting Objects

AutoCAD provides many options for selecting objects. This section has two parts: The first part deals with object selection methods unique to AutoCAD, and the second part deals with the more common selection method used in most popular graphic programs, the Now till...