Tips and Tricks

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

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Identifying System Variable Differences

by Will on February 25, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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The SETBYLAYER Command

by Will on February 13, 2013

As of AutoCAD® 2008, we have a new command for dealing with the layering properties of objects en-masse. The SETBYLAYER Command.

As you’d expect, this is used for setting properties to ByLayer (as they mostly should be). You might say that ..read more

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Export To AutoCAD

by Will on February 11, 2013

Hi everyone,

Quick tip for all of you using AutoCAD® verticals such as Civil 3D®. You’ll no doubt have noticed that if you open drawings created in an AutoCAD® vertical will have it’s native objects displayed as OLE objects in vanilla ..read more

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Copy Layers to Excel

by Will on February 6, 2013

Hi everyone,

Recently someone showed me a really simple, and rather obscure tip that I thought was pretty neat. I must admit, I’m yet to find a practical use for it, but I’m sure as with many other obscure commands it’ll ..read more

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The TSPACEINVADERS Command

by Will on January 17, 2013

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to talk to you about a command that arguably has the coolest name ever to be given to an AutoCAD® command. The command is so cool in fact, that it didn’t want to go through the ..read more

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The REVERSE Command

by Will on January 13, 2013

Hi all, just a quick tip for today.

Probably my favourite entity in AutoCAD® is the polyline. However, there have been a few things in the past that I’ve found somewhat annoying, one of which is controlling the direction of polylines.

Normally the direction ..read more

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The SSX Command

by Will on January 10, 2013

As this is my first post on HowToAutoCAD.com of 2013, I’d firstly like to wish you all a (somewhat belated…) Happy New Year!

Here’s a tip that was forwarded to me recently, by a chap named Santiago. I’ve used variations of ..read more

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