AutoCAD beginner training – the application menu, part 5
Welcome back to my AutoCAD basic tutorials series. We were learning about the AutoCAD interface, and we’d been talking about the very exciting Application Menu! This is not a snore! The better you understand how to get around your workspace, the less mousing around you have to do, and the faster you can work. Sink into your software, just like you do your iPhone.
We’d left off learning how to add a tag to your commands. This makes them easier to find by special keywords that are unique to you. If you want to remove the tag, open the Customize window again.
Then, select the Line tool from the Command List. Go to the Properties side of the window and click in the Tag field to launch the dialog window. Just delete the text you added; click OK, then Apply and OK to exit the customize window.
Let’s get back to the Application menu. See the pin to the right of each recently opened document? This lets you “pin down” a document so that it’s always at the top of the list of recently opened documents, no matter when you last opened it. This is an easy way to let you access documents you need to find quickly or use frequently.
Click on the pin to “pin down” a document so that you can see it at the top of this list at all times, no matter when you last opened it.
When the pin is sideways and grayed out a document is not pinned down. When the pin is blue and turned normal-to-us, like it’s pushed into your screen, then the document is pinned down.
Now, let’s create a new document. You can do this from the Quick Access toolbar at the top of your screen, or you can do it, yes, from the Application menu. So, let’s click on the big red A and scroll to New, as shown below.
The New Document – Select Template window opens. Let’s go to the Files of Type drop down menu at the bottom of this dialog window:
By default “Drawing – .dwg” is selected. Let’s click the selection arrow at the end of the field to launch the drop down menu, and let’s select Drawing Template (that’s extension .dwt).
Now we’re taken to the Template folder, where we’ll browse for the template. I’m going to use acad.dwt.
After selecting acad.dwt, I’m going to click Open. At this point, we have a new blank document open. By default it’s called Drawing2.dwg. But, we won’t see it in our recent documents list until we actually save the document.
So, let’s click Save on the Quick Access Toolbar.
Since this is the first time we’ve saved this document, the Save dialog window opens, and we’re prompted to enter a file name, etc. Drawing2.dwg is the default name, and I’ll accept that just by clicking Save. Then, let’s click the big red A to once again launch the Application menu.
Note that our new document is now at the top of the list of recently opened documents! So that’s how it goes.
One last thing. Let’s scroll to the bottom of the Application menu and click the Options button. This takes me to the Options window, where we adjust most of our system and document settings. You’ll be spending a lot of time with the various tabs of this window, in order to best customize your workspace.
Let’s go to the Display tab. Under Window Elements on the left top side of this window, uncheck Display File Tabs. Then, click Apply and OK.
What are display file tabs? I show you how they look in my next screen shot. They appear at the top of the page, and they let you easily switch between documents with a single mouse click.
The reason I hid the display tabs was to free up a little more screen space for drawing. They don’t take up that much room, but in my videos I try to keep as much space free as possible for the commands and drawing! If you need extra drawing space, this is what you should do, too.
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This concludes part 5 of this AutoCAD basic tutorials series on using the application menu button. Stay tuned for part 4.