LAYWALK, an efficient tool for managing drawings and layers Laywalk is a very primitive command in AutoCAD but it is mostly ignored or overlooked by most of the CAD users despite its great features and user friendly behavior. LAYWALK allows you to view objects of a particular layer(s) without using On/off or freeze/thaw features of […]

AutoCAD Base Drawing

Have you ever worked with multiple drawings that have xrefed ones among them and found that they are not lining up? You are working with multiple floors, for example. When you xref one floor to the other and they are not lined up. It could be that they were not drawn at the same origin […]

Edit PDF Drawings in AutoCAD with Able2Extract PDF Converter

CAD design software and, namely, AutoCAD, is used in many industries for all sorts of projects. For example, it’s used in professions such as architecture, design engineering, construction, landscaping or office building design. AutoCAD supported formats are DWG and DXF. However, when it comes time to share plans and drawings with clients and other stakeholders, […]

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When you are drafting it is best to use your OSNAP. It snaps automatically the cursors to End point, Intersection, Midpoints, etc.. I think it is very difficult to edit a drawing without the OSNAP turned on. The OSNAPs can be accessed by using “shift/right click” or by typing OSNAP at the command line.

osnap settingsosnap drafting settings

Within the OSNAP settings you have the option to check all the modes you need.

Xref Manager

If you are working on a big project and are dealing with a lot of xrefs, you might run into the problem of broken xrefs. The following three reasons might have caused this: one, you did not use relative path; two, you rename the xref folder; third, you move the drawing folder around. The easiest or fastest way to fix the problem is to use the Reference Manager. To use the Reference Manager follow these steps below:

  1. Go to your Windows Start button and go to the following: Programs, Autodesk, AutoCAD, Reference Manager.
  2. On the top left menu, click on “Add drawings”.

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    Add Drawings

  3. When the Add Drawings browser pops up, browse for your files location.
  4. Once you have selected your files an “Add Xref” window inquiry will pop up asking you to choose between Add all xrefs automatically or Add only the first-level xrefs. Select “Add all xrefs automatically”.
  5. On the right side in the Reference Manager window, select the Type column label on top to arrange all your files by type so that all your xrefs are grouped together.
  6. You can do (Shift and Select) on your keyboard to select all the xref files at once.
  7. On the top menu select “Edit selected Paths”.
  8. When the “Edit selected Paths” menu pops up, select the little browse button on the right and browse for your new xref path and click Ok.


    Edit Selected Paths

  9. To finish, select “Apply Changes” on the top menu.
  10. An Updating Drawing Format window will pop up. Click on “Yes to all”.


    Updating Drawing Format

AutoCAD dialogue box

Have you ever lost your dialogue box when you are trying to open a file or running a command? If so, then this should help you.

Type FILEDIA in the command line and make sure its value is set to (1).

Type CMDDIA in the command line and make sure its value is set to (1).

And you should have your dialogue box back.

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