HO_1_Template_Files_and_Drawing_Setup

HO_1_Template_Files_ - Template Files and Drawing Set Up Handout 1 Topics Template files Basic Drawing Set-up Template Files Predefined Template

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Template Files and Drawing Set Up Handout 1 Handout 1 –Template Files and Drawing Set Up Page 1 Topics: ± Template files ± Basic Drawing Set-up Template Files Predefined Template Files Template drawings store all the settings for a drawing and may also include predefined layers, dimension styles, and views. Template drawings are distinguished from other drawing files by the .dwt file extension. They are normally kept in the template directory. Several template drawings are included with AutoCAD. You can make additional template drawings by changing the extensions of drawing file names to .dwt . ( See Use a Template File to Start a Drawing in the AutoCAD User's Guide .) NOTE! AutoCAD has two ways to start a new drawing and which way it uses is determined by the Startup system variable. Using the default startup method, AutoCAD will bring up the Select Template dialog box when you chose to begin a new drawing. This method is used when the Startup system variable is set to 0 . Alternatively, you can set the Startup system variable to 1, which will cause AutoCAD to bring up the Create New Drawing dialog box. With this dialog box you are given two additional choices for beginning a new drawing, the Start from Scratch option and the Use a Wizard option. We will have a look at the Use a Wizard Option later in this handout. The Startup system variable can be changed by typing startup at the command line and entering a 1 or 0 at the prompt. To use a Predefined Template File 1. Begin a new drawing by picking the New icon from the Standard toolbar or type [ctrl] + [n]. 2. In the Select a Template dialog box, selectew a template to use for your new drawing (Startup system variable set to 0) OR In the Create New Drawing dialog box, click on the Use a Template tab (Startup system variable set to 1). 3. Select a template file from the drop down list and click OK.
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Template Files and Drawing Set Up Handout 1 Handout 1 –Template Files and Drawing Set Up Page 2 Basic Drawing Setup Creating Your Own Template File Most offices and individuals that use AutoCAD do not use predefined template files because they are not individualized enough. There are many more aspects of the drawing environment that can be defined and used in a template file than what are provided in a predefined template file. Template files can be set up with predefined layers, text styles, dimension styles, layouts and other parameters that make it much easier to keep your drawings consistent from one project to another. In this section we will be discussing how to create your own template file and what the parameters of the drawing environment need to be defined to create a complete template drawing file. Drawing
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