Hi all,

I have created a new version of my survey fix which should now be compatible with new versions of AutoCAD®. I’ve tested this with AutoCAD® 2015, and it should work with previous versions as well. Download below:


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Hi folks,

A number of you have asked for an updated version of my Survey Fixing utility for Civil 3D®. So due to popular demand, creating an updated version of this tool has become my top priority. I hope to get ..read more


Free Download of AutoCAD® 2014

by Will on August 29, 2013

Hi all,

Autodesk have extended to us their usual kindness of downloading the latest version of AutoCAD® 2014, for free. The download link is at the bottom of this post.

But, as you’d expect, it’s free for 30 days only. A word of ..read more

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Speed up Trim and Extend

by Will on August 13, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I’ve had a quick tip forwarded to me for speeding up using the Trim and Extend commands.

To speed up Trim and Extend, edit the commands in the CUI to include a space and a semi colon and add them ..read more



Hello everyone.

Over the years of running HowToAutoCAD.com I have found that hundreds, if not thousands of you are very keen to get into writing your own tools for AutoCAD®. However, you can create tools for AutoCAD® using VB.NET in many ..read more


HowToAutoCAD Competition

by Will on March 4, 2013

In the interest of trying to get as many top tips on HowToAutoCAD.com as possible, I’ve decided to hold a competition, and there will be a cash prize for the winner in the amount of £25.

All you have to do ..read more


The BCOUNT Command

by Will on February 28, 2013

BCOUNT is a very simple and quick command for extracting information from your drawing, namely, a count of the number of blocks in your drawing, categorised by their type.

It’s really simple to use – just enter BCOUNT in the command ..read more


Identifying System Variable Differences

by Will on February 25, 2013


I’ve often been in a situation where a certain command or entity seems to behave differently in one drawing compared to another. Things such as how drawing units are handled are controlled on a drawing by drawing basis, by saving ..read more


The PICKSTYLE System Variable

by Will on February 20, 2013

Very quick tip to supplement the last post I wrote on Groups, which comes to us thanks to one of my subscribers named Santiago.

I mentioned that the behaviour when selecting a group is controllable using the groups dialog box by ..read more


AutoCAD® Groups

by Will on February 18, 2013

Blocks are very useful, and you might be tempted to ignore the existence of groups and just always use blocks instead. However, groups actually work differently to blocks, and in many cases it is actually more useful to use a ..read more