Terms in this set (65)
This button displays commands for printing, saving, drawing utilities and other non-drawing tools.
QUICK ACCESS TOOLBAR
This is for quick access to common commands like New, Open, Save, Plot
Search for text in your drawing or search the help files.
This has most of the commands/tools that you will use while you are working. It runs across the top of the drawing space and contains panels - each panel has a group of associated tools. Switch to different panels by clicking on the tabs at the top of it
A series of Tabs make up the Ribbon (Home, Insert, Manage, etc) and organize the Tools into common groups.
A grouping of commands/tools on the ribbon
These are the icons that start the commands you use to draw, modify, etc.
These is where you draw your designs.
When you type a command, you will see it here. AutoCAD uses this space to 'prompt' you for information.
This allows to see and change different modes of drawing such as Ortho, Osnaps, Grid, Otrack, etc. You can right click this area to toggle between icons and text for this area.
This is your cursor when it is in the drawing space.
Your cursor will change depending on what function it is performing in the program.
Any specific characteristic of an object such as layer, scale, linetype, start point, etc.
All objects are drawn on a layer. You can group objects (such as electrical) on a single layer and organize your drawing.
How wide lines on an object are displayed on the screen and when printed.
All objects are drawn with a particular linetype. Examples would be solid, center, dashed, etc.
Formatting that defines the look of text, dimensions, etc.
The basic drawing unit set for your drawing. For example, you can use inches or millimeters depending on your needs. You can also set the precision you want displayed, such nearest 1/4", 1/2" 1/64", etc.
This is pattern of dots displayed on the screen to guide you. It can be toggled on and off by pressing the F7 key
The outer boundaries of the objects you have drawn.
A setting to impose an 'artificial' boundary on your drawing that sets the area of the grid, and when turned on, limits you to drawing in the grid area.
This is a method of 'snapping' to certain, precise points on an object. (Osnap)
This is a drawing mode that allows you to snap your cursor to precise points laid out in a grid pattern. Toggle with the F9 key.
This is a drawing mode that allows you to draw only perpendicular lines. It is toggled on and off by pressing the F8 key.
Determines how the linetype is displayed and plotted. To change it, type in LTSCALE (LTS) and try different values to get the look you want.
DIMENSION STYLE MANAGER
Creates new styles, sets the current style, modifies styles, sets overrides on the current style, and compares styles.
A generic term used for changing your objects
Permanently removes specified objects
MOVE and COPY
Recreates an object at another place. The COPY command retains a copy in the original place while the MOVE command does not.
Allows the size of objects to be changed. It scales the object about a reference point, by expanding/shrinking it equally in all directions. SCALE can be used to rescale an entire drawing in one go.
Creates multiple copies of entities in a rectangular or polar pattern.
Used to trim objects such that they end exactly at cutting edges defined by other intersecting objects.
Extends an object until it meets another object.
Connects two lines, arcs or circles by means of a smoothly fitted arc of specified radius.
Trims two intersecting lines a specified distance from the intersection and connects the trimmed ends with a new line segment.
Constructs an entity parallel to the specified one, either through a given point or at a given distance.
Create objects that represent half of a drawing, select them, and mirror them across a specified line to create the other half. The two specified points become the endpoints of a line about which the selected objects are mirrored.
Lets you divide an entity into several equal-length parts, placing markers along the object at the dividing points.
Measures an entity and places markers at specified intervals.
Breaks a compound object into its component objects. Explodes a compound object when you want to modify its components separately. Objects that can be exploded include blocks, polylines, and regions, among others.
snaps to either the beginning or the end of an object such as a line
snaps to the exact middle of a line or an arc
snaps to the center-point of a circle or arc
snaps to the point where two object cross
will snap so that the result is perpendicular to line selected
snaps to create a line tangent to a circle or arc
will find the closest point an object and snap to that point
Snaps parallel to a specified line
The name of the current file you are working on.
This is the default template that automatically loads whenever you start a drawing session. It can be customized to suit your needs.
AutoCAD can be set to automatically backup your drawing and save it. This is a safeguard in case your file gets corrupted. It is saved with a .BAK extension
Drawing template file
This is a file that contains preset values for frequently used settings. AKA a prototype drawing. The file extension is DWT.
The specific folder where AutoCAD looks for, or saves files.
AutoCAD uses a large number of dialog boxes to get information from you. You must know how to input the information that it asks for
To move around the drawing by dragging the drawing area around your screen
To view either a smaller section of your drawing
To select an object by 'left-clicking' on it.
Also known as print. To make a hard copy of your drawing.
A way of inputting points based on AutoCAD's origin.
A way of inputting points based on distance and angle.
A way of inputting points based on a starting point.
A pre-drawn image you can insert in your drawing to save time and make your file size smaller
Any item that is in the AutoCAD database. Also known as an entity.
The current group of objects selected for modifying.
A particular area of your drawing