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Configuring Your AutoCAD Software

Step 1 Start AutoCAD by clicking the desktop icon. In AutoCAD’s Graphic window, click the New icon located in the upper left corner. It will open the Select Template dialogue box. (Figure Step 1)

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Step 2 In the Select Template dialogue box, click the template file: acad.dwt (or just acad on some computers) to highlight it. Then click the Open button. This will display AutoCAD’s Graphic window. (Figure Step 2)

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Author’s Comments: Your dialogue box may not match the figure exactly.

Step 3 Disable all features on the Status bar by clicking any that display with a blue background as shown in Figure Step 3A. All features should display with a gray background as shown in Figure Step 3B. (Figure Step 3A and 3B)

 

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Step 4 In the Command Line window, located on the bottom of the Graphic window, enter the OPTIONS command by typing it on your keyboard. This will open the Options dialogue box. (Figure Step 4)

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Step 5 In the Options dialogue box, enable the Profiles tab. (Figure Step 5)

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Step 6 Click the Add to List button. This will open the Add Profile dialogue box. Enter the name: Original for the Profile name. (Figure Step 6A and 6B)

 

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Author’s Comments: I am having you create a profile named Original so that you can go back to the way your AutoCAD was configured when you started this eBook. You will not be using this profile during the course but at anytime, or when you complete the eBook, you can use this original profile to restore the original configuration.

Step 7 Using what you learned in Step 6, create a new profile named: AutoCADeBook. (Figure Step 7)

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Author’s Comments: Now you have created several profiles and we will assume that each profile has different characteristics. In the upper left corner of the dialogue box you shall notice that the current profile is the <<unnamed profile>>. And this means despite the profiles you’ve just created, you still in the unnamed profile. To activate a profile you have to click the set current button as in step 8

Step 8 Click the AutoCADeBook profile to highlight it. While it is selected, click the Set Current button. Ensure that the Current profile is AutoCADeBook as shown across the top of the dialogue box. (Figure Step 8)

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Step 9 Enable the display of the Files tab. Click the + on Customization Files to expand it. Click the + on the Main Customization File to expand it. Click the file and location to highlight it as shown in the figure. While it is selected, click the Remove button. (Figure Step 9)

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Author’s Comments: Your dialogue box may not match the figure exactly.

Step 10 Step 9 will remove the customization file and show a blank box as shown in the figure. Click the Browse button to open the Select a file dialogue box. (Figure Step 10A and 10B)

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Step 11 In the Select a file dialogue box, pull down the Look in: box and find C drive. Click the

folder: CAD Courses. (Figure Step 11)

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Author’s Comments: If you used a different drive when you downloaded the templates and menu from the website, you will have to find that drive letter instead of drive C.

Step 12 Under CAD Courses, click the folder: AutoCAD 2D. (Figure Step 12)

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Step 13 Under the folder: AutoCAD 2D, click the folder: Menu. (Figure Step 13)

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Step 14 In the folder: Menu, click the file: AutoCADeBook.CUIX and then the Open box. (Figure Step 14)

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Step 15 You should now see the file location:
C:\CAD Course\AutoCAD 2D\Menu\AutoCADeBook.CUIX. (Figure Step 15A and 15B)

Step 16 Click the small arrow in the Workplace Switching icon on the right end of the Status bar located along the bottom of the Graphic window. (Figure Step 16)

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Step 17 In the Workspace pull-up menu, click Workspace Settings… This will open the Workspace Settings dialogue box. (Figure Step 17)

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Author’s Comments: AutoCAD has two basic menu systems, Toolbars and Ribbons. You can switch back and forth between them. Along with using either the Toolbar or Ribbon menu, you should enable the Pull-down menu and use it in conjunction with either menu. The AutoCAD 2D eBook shows all three menus. I advise the beginner to use the Toolbar menus while working on the AutoCAD 2D eBook and then try the Ribbon menu after completing

If you intend to use Toolbars menus to do this eBook, complete this page and skip the next page. If you intend to use Ribbon menus to do this eBook, skip this page.

Author’s Comments: I suggest that you use Toolbar menus while working on this eBook.

Step 18 (Toolbar menus) In the Workspace Settings dialogue box, set My Workspace to:

AutoCADeBook. Enable Automatically save workspace changes by clicking the radio button.

Click OK to close the box. (Figure Step 18)

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Step 19 (Toolbar menus) Click the small arrow in the Workplace Switching icon again on the Status bar. Click the workspace: AutoCADeBook to set it as the current workspace. Make sure that the check mark is beside the workspace: AutoCADeBook as shown in the figure.

(Figure Step 19)

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If you intend to use Ribbon menus to do this eBook, complete this page. If you intend to use Toolbar menus to do this eBook, skip this page.

Step 18 (Ribbon menus) In the Workspace Settings dialogue box, set My Workspace to the workspace: Drafting & Annotation. Enable Automatically save workspace changes by clicking the radio button. Click OK to close the box (Figure Step 18)

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Step 19 (Ribbon menus) Click the small arrow in the Workplace Switching icon again on the Status bar. Click the workspace: Drafting & Annotation to set it as the current workspace. Make sure that the check mark is beside the workspace: Drafting & Annotation as shown in the figure. (Figure Step 19)

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Step 20 Click the Hamburger icon located on the far right side of the Status bar. This will display the Customization menu. Enable or disable each item in the menu until it matches the figure. (Figure Step 20)

Step 20 Click the Hamburger icon located on the far right side of the Status bar. This will display the Customization menu. Enable or disable each item in the menu until it matches the figure. (Figure Step 20)

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Author’s Comments: Enter the following commands in the Command Line window located along the bottom of the Graphic window.

Step 21 Enter the MENUBAR command and set it to 1, as shown below.

Command: MENUBAR

Enter new value for MENUBAR <0>: 1

Command:

Step 22 Enter the NAVBARDISPLAY command and set it to 0, as shown below.

Command: NAVBARDISPLAY

Enter new value for NAVBARDISPLAY <1>: 0

Command:

Step 23 Enter the VPCONTROL command and set it to OFF, as shown below.

Command: VPCONTROL

Enter new value for VPCONTROL : OFF

Command:

If you are using AutoCAD 2015 execute the following command:

Step 24 (2015) Enter the NEWTABMODE command and set it to 0, as shown below.

Command: NEWTABMODE

Enter new value for NEWTABMODE <1>: 0

Command:

If you are using AutoCAD 2016 or 2017 execute the following command:

Step 24 (2016-2017) Enter the STARTMODE command and set it to 0, as shown below.

Command: STARTMODE

Enter new value for STARTMODE <1>: 0

Command:

Step 25 Click Tools in the Pull-down menu. In the Pull-down menu, click Options. (Figure Step 25)

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Step 26 In the Options dialogue box, enable the Files tab. Expand Template Settings and Drawing Template File Location. Highlight the current location by clicking it. Click the Remove button. (Figure Step 26)

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Step 27 It will display an empty box as shown in the figure. (Figure Step 27).

Step 28 Click the Browse button. In the Browse for

Folders dialogue box, locate the folder:
(Figure Step 28)

Figure Step 27 CAD Courses/ AutoCAD 2D/ Templates

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Step 29 Click OK and the new location will appear as shown in the figure.

(Figure Step 29A and 29B)

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Step 30 Enable the display of the Display tab. (Figure Step 30)

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Step 31 In the Display resolution area, set the Arc and circle smoothness to 20000. (Figure Step 31)

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Step 32 Set the Crosshair size to 100. (Figure Step 32)

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Step 33 Click the Colors button to open the Drawing Window Color dialogue box. Highlight 2D model space, Uniform Background and then select the color White as shown in the figure. (Figure Step 33A and 33B)

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Step 34 Click Apply and Close.

Step 35 Enable the User Preferences tab. (Figure Step 35)

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Step 36 Ensure that both boxes are enabled in the Windows Standard Behavior area. Click the Right-click Customization button. Enable the box Turn on time sensitive right-click and set the Longer click duration to 250 milliseconds. (Figure Step 36A and 36B)

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Step 37 Click Apply and Close.

Step 38 In the Insertion scale area, pull down the Source content units menu and select Inches. Do the same for the Target drawing units menu to set both to inches. (Figure Step 38A and 38B)

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Step 39 Enable the Drafting tab. (Figure Step 39)

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Step 40 Click the Colors box. In the Color box, pull-down the list and click Select Color. Enable the Index Color tab in the Select Color dialogue box, enter the number 253 and click OK. (Figure Step 40A, 40B, and 40C)

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Step 41 Click OK and then click Apply and
Close. Figure Step 40C

Step 42 Set the AutoSNAP Marker Size and the Aperture Size to approximately the sizes shown in the figures. If required, you can adjust these sizes, when required, as you work your way through the eBook. (Figure Step 42)

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Step 43 Enable the 3D Modeling tab. (Figure Step 43)

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Step 44 In the Display Tools in Viewport area, set it as shown in the figure. (Figure Step 44)

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Step 45 Enable the Selection tab. (Figure Step 45)

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Step 46 Set the Pickbox Size and the Grip Size to approximately the sizes as shown in the figure. If required, you can adjust these sizes, when required, as you work your way through the eBook. (Figure Step 46)

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Step 47 Click the OK button on the bottom of the Options dialogue box to close it.

Step 48 Your AutoCAD software is now configured for the AutoCAD 2D eBook. Your Graphic window should closely match the figure. (Figure Step 48)

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Step 49 Go to Module 1.

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