Free AutoCAD Shortcuts Guide

I just recently came across about this AutoCAD shortcuts guide in PDF from AutoDESK, which I think will come in handy whether you’re a beginner or an advance user.

AutoCAD Shortcuts guide

AutoCAD Shortcuts guide

The good thing with this downloadable shortcuts guide is, you can just print it and paste it beside your workplace. Download now in this Link.


How to reduce AutoCAD file size by using Purge and Audit

How to reduce your AutoCAD file size to a smaller size? that is the predicament an AutoCAD Draftsman and any CAD practitioner alike always face. Recently this question comes back to my attention when a colleague of mine ask me regarding his file becoming so big in size and ask me how to reduce it. Good thing I encountered that same predicament of him many times before, and I can still remember the process on how can an AutoCAD file be reduce.

Reducing AutoCAD file size involve a series of commands and it is not easily to remember the first time, specially if you seldom uses it. That’s why it is important that I should blog about this.

Any how… as the title of this article says, yes you can reduce your AutoCAD file by using command purge and audit.  Here is how..

  • First thing is audit your AutoCAD files by typing AUDIT on your command prompt. Then after you audited it click “Save as” and save it in DXF file format and then close without saving it again.

Re-positioning the Hatch within the Boundary

Most of the time when we do hatching in our drawing the result is not the exact hatch that we desired within our drawing. So to be able to achieve what we desire, we just have to re-position our existing hatch.

This tutorial I did which I discover, while playing on hatch made the desire task easier.

Select the existing hatch with the boundary [Fig.01]

Existing Hatch

[Fig.01] Existing Hatch with Boundary

Select the Hatch.. [Fig.02)

Hatch Selected

[Fig.02] Selected Hatch


Then while still within the selected HATCH right click and select the Origin Point. [Fig.03]

Editing Hatch objects using Grips

Last time I blog about the usefulness of the Grips function of AutoCAD, I showed how this simple yet effective component of AutoCAD to be of great help in doing everyday task of an AutoCAD Professionals like me. I showed on that post how in one operation you can perform multiple task and can do multiple command, such as mirror, copy, stretch, move, rotate, etc. With that function imagine how fast you can modify your drawing.

When I wrote that article I’m only using AutoCAD 2008 version, right now I’m using AutoCAD 2014 and I just discover that this Grips function not only do multiple things that I mentioned above, but now, this same Grips function can edit the hatch object as well.


Missing CTB



There are two types of plot style tables, the named (STB), and the color-dependent (CTB). The named plot styles can be assigned to an object independent color, while color-dependent plot styles table (ctb) which is the commonly used plot styles (at least in my experience) based on the color of the object.

AutoCAD Professionals and practitioners, encounter some problems from time to time regarding printing / plotting their drawing. One of these problem might be the CTB that went missing, which I encountered recently. This problem will only become one, if you don’t know what to do or if you forgot what AutoCAD command you’re going to use to make that CTB appear again, just like what happen to me that time which I forgot what command I’m going to use to make the CTB appear and complete the task at hand at that time.


Anyway, if this situation happen to anyone, CONVERTPSTYLES is the AutoCAD command that one should use. Just key-in CONVERTPSTYLES
onto your keyboard, then a dialogue box will pop out, just click ok and you’re all set.


Object removed from selection set

pickadd_gifOne afternoon my colleagues asked me about something in his AutoCAD.
He was wondering why when he was using command copy and selecting an object, he cannot select multiple object, whenever he select another object, the previous object he was selected were removed from the selection set.

After looking to what his doing I found out that it was the case when the PICKADD value is set to 0 (turns off), instead of its default value which is 1 (turn on)

When the value PICKADD set to 0, the objects most recently selected become the selection set. The previously selected objects are removed from selection set. But by pressing SHIFT key on your keyboard while selecting you can add more objects to the selection set.

however the value of PICKADD set to 1, each object selected, either individually or by windowing, is added to the current selection set. To removed object from the selection set press SHIFT, while selecting.

Missing arial text in polygonal mview

Have you encounter problems in AutoCAD like, when you are zooming out from the paper space in your drawing, the Arial text are visible but when you zooming back in, it does not appear at all in your screen?, but when you move back to model space, the Arial text is there and visible, then worst of all is when you print the drawing, all Arial text does not print at all.

This all happen in a drawing that using a polygonal MVIEW, but in a regular MVIEW
this does not an issue at all.

Anyway, I did some searching from the internet and here is the solution that I found that works with my case.

Go to your desktop, right click at the AutoCAD Icon, click properties, then at the dialog box, click the compatibility panel, then uncheck all check box but check the disable desktop composition, click apply then ok, and relaunch AutoCAD.

Compability panel

Compability panel

How to Disable the Creation of BAK file

By default AutoCAD, creates a back up copy of the drawing every time you save or save as either with the current drawing name or with another name. Every update you’ve done, AutoCAD updates the back up files at the same time.

The Case of the Invisible Point Symbol

Why is it in my drawing the Point symbol is not visible? but when I open the other drawing the Point Symbol is visible?. That is the question thrown at me by my colleagues while doing her assigned task. 

To answer her question, the Point Symbol became invisible because of the POINTSTYLE. Perhaps  the default point style in her drawing was the first two point style type. [Fig.1]


Anyway to set your point style and size, just click Format menu then Point Style. [Fig.2]

How to Place a Text in an Arc

arcalignedtextHow to write a text around a circle? that was the question  that I have received in one of the yahoo groups that I recently joined. I have been doing AutoCAD works for 14 years and counting, but I have not known yet if there is a command regarding, writing a text in a circle.

However there is a command that I know that will allow you to place a text in an arc. And this command is Arc Aligned Text or ARCTEXT, this command can be found under the Express menu of AutoCAD, under the Text, then Arc-Aligned Text (fig.1). Or simply key-in on your command line  ARCTEXT (fig.2).



Firstly, you have to draw an arc and then use ARCTEXT command to place your desired text along the arc. You can sets control for text location relative to the arc and its length by using the pick boxes on the dialog box, the Drag Wizard on the pick box controls the behavior of the text  when the arc has been moved.  You can also specify the text height, width factor, offset from left or right, as well as character spacing on the properties section of the dialogue box. And lastly you can as well specify your desired fonts on the Text section.


Perhaps, there is already a command or a LISP for placing a text in a circle, I just don’t discover it yet. And that will be my assignment.