Rotating the crosshairs, grid and snap angle

Use this command If you need to quickly rotate the crosshairs on the screen at a specific angle so you can draw along any object alignment without having to change The UCS settings nor rotating the view:
In the command line type SNAPANG. When prompted enter the new angle rotation for the crosshairs.


Have you noticed that when you double click inside a viewport in AutoCAD, the view automatically zooms out and then you have to rescale the viewport? It could be really annoying, especially if you do not know the original scale of the viewport. Well, it has something to do with your UCS setting. To correct that, you need to change the UCSFOLLOW value to “0”.  To make the change, try this: while inside the viewport type UCSFOLLOW in the command line and enter “0” for the value. That corrects only the current viewport, because the UCSFOLLOW setting is saved separately for each viewport. Apply the same method for each viewport

Unexploded Block

To prevent a block from being exploded when inserting the block use the command MINSERT. When prompted, set the number of row or columns to any numbers except 1. Then go to the property of the block and change that row or column back to 1. This will prevent the block from showing as an array. This command is also good if you want to create an array with a block.
NB: You cannot use MINSERT with annotative blocks.

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Reload Xrefs

If you need to reload quickly all xrefs (external references) in a drawing without going to the External Reference dialog box,
right-click on the xref icon in the status bar tray located in the lower right-hand corner of your screen reload-xrefs

and select “Reload DWG Xrefs“.

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Open multiple drawings

You can open multiple drawings and attach multiple xrefs at once in AutoCAD, providing that you have enough memory and your machine is powerful enough to handle all the files.

Here is how to do that: In the Open File dialogue box, simply hold down the SHIFT button on your keyboard and select the first and the last files from the list of drawings that you need to open. Hit Open. If you need to open multiple files, but they are not in sequence, use the CTRL button instead of SHIFT.

The above procedure works also with your Windows Explorer, just hit ENTER instead of OPEN.

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Paper space display color

Have you noticed that when you create a new layout in a new drawing, all your cad layers are displayed in white (color) in paper space, even though you assigned them a specific color? That is because you probably have the “display plot styles” box checked. It is unchecked by default in AutoCAD. To fix that follow this simple steps:

Select the layout tab that you want to modify

Right click on the layout tab

Select Page Setup Manager

Make sure the layout is highlighted under Page setups on the left side

Select Modify

Uncheck the “Display plot styles” box below the Plot style table (pen assignments) in the upper right hand corner of the window.

Click OK.

Select “close” for the Page Setup Manager window.

Save your drawing to keep the change.

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