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.


Creating Hatch without Boundary

Commonly when doing hatch we have to create first its boundary before doing the hatch itself.
That is always the case for me when I’m doing hatch in my drawing.
But doing hatch without boundary is also possible and that is the one I’m going to blog about.

To create hatch without boundary, at the command prompt.

type -HATCH
Enter p to specify Properties.
Enter the name of the pattern. For example, enter earth to specify the “EARTH” pattern.
Specify the Scale and angle for the hatch pattern. For my example I use scale “500” and “45” for the angle.
Enter w to specify Draw Boundary.

unbounded hatch_01


Enter n to discard the polyline boundary once the hatch area has been defined.
Specify points to define the boundary. Enter C to close the polyline boundary. [ Fig. 01]

Then Press ENTER twice to create the hatch.




That’s all. Your unbounded hatch.


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.


Isometric Dimensioning

Isometric Dimensioning

Isometric Dimensioning

How to put dimension in an isometric object from a 2D drawing? That is the question I received from one of my colleagues sometimes ago, what my colleagues trying to say is, he’s basically want to put a dimension aligned to the isometric object. At first, I thought it is not possible to put a dimension on a isometric object within a 2d drawing, because prior to that question, I have not done such a thing. Good thing one of our senior colleagues had encounter such a predicament before, and so he teach us how to do it.

Dimensioning an Isometric drawing is easily to forget, specially if you ‘re  not using it frequently because it is not a single command, it is a series of commands composed specifically to do one task. That’s why it is best that I should blog this tutorials.

So here it is.

First, after you have created your isometric object put a dimension by using the command, DIMALIGNED by typing it in the command prompt or click the dimaligned icon.

Aligned Dimension

Aligned Dimension

Edit Drawings Online using AutoCAD WS

The not so latest innovation on AutoCAD today that I just recently discovered is, the AutoCAD WS. This version of AutoCAD allows the user to open and edit any dwg files using just an internet browser and from any computer even without the actual software installed. AutoCAD WS, can also be use with any android mobile, Iphone, ipad and Ipod touch.


AutoCAD WS on Web Browser

The AutoCAD WS is a fully functional web apps, this apps works just like the real AutoCAD software. You can open DWG/DXF files with full support for xRefs, image files, stylesheets and fonts. Editing your drawing anywhere and anytime is now possible by editing it online. Sharing and collaborating drawings with others is much easier, you can even see each others edits in real time as well. In the mobile apps version of AutoCAD WS editing drawing objects can be done with an intuitive touch and gesture interface, a function commonly use in any apps on any android mobile and Iphone.


AutoCAD WS on Ipod Touch

And if you thinking how are you going to save your work done using this apps, worry not, because all changes that made in the drawing, are all available on our online account for viewing and download. And in the event of temporary internet disconnection, offline access allows you to edit files, and the changes will just sync it back later.

There it goes, that’s all I can say for now, I’ll just make another post regarding this AutoCAD WS, if ever I discover something useful while using this application.

How to Draw a Straight Angular Line

Normally in AutoCAD you can only draw two types of straight lines, one is vertical line, the other is horizontal line, provided you’re working on ortho on mode. However you can always draw a straight angular line by turning your cursor to ortho off mode. But inspite of this, you cannot specify the exact angle of the line you’re going to draw.

So the easiest way in drawing a straight angular line with specific angle is by using another AutoCAD command, and one command I know that can be useful to perform this certain task is the SNAPANG command. SNAPANG is an AutoCAD command that sets the snap and grid rotation angle for the current viewport relative to the current UCS at your own specifc angle.

At the command prompt, just type, SNAPANG, then enter. Then enter the new value (e.g. 45). the current UCS will turn to 45 degrees. You can always get you cursor to the original rotation by entering 0 angle to your new value of SNAPANG.

snapang @ 0 degrees

snapang @ 0 degrees


snapang @ 45 degrees

snapang @ 45 degrees

Thats all for now.


 Have you sometimes encountered a scenario, when you plot your drawing then the TEXT in your drawing appeared only as an outline? (Fig.1) but if you look at it in AutoCAD it is appear as normal filled text. This happen specially if you are using the ARIAL type kind of fonts.



 Sometimes this thing happens because the value of the TEXTFILL was set in zero (0)by default the value of TEXTFILL is one (1).

So what is TEXTFILL?

TEXTFILL, is an AutoCAD command serve as to control the fillings of  TrueType fonts while plotting and rendering. You might wanna ask why the TEXTFILL value was set to zero (0) when the default should be one (1). The only scenario I can think of is, maybe the drawing that you are doing was just saved in a existing AutoCAD drawing file, and maybe the author of that existing AutoCAD file changed the default value of the TEXTFILL from (1) to (0).

Anyhow, if happens that you’re in this situation, just type-in TEXTFILL at the command prompt, then changed its value from zero (0) to one (1).





The next time you plot your drawing the TEXT will appear as it is in the image above.

How to Unhide Layout and Model Tabs

Just a moment ago, while doing my work on my AutoCAD, I accidentally hide the Layout and Model Tabs ( Fig.1)in AutoCAD.  At first, I was confuse what was just happen with my AutoCAD for I haven’t figured out that the Model Tabs was missing.

(Fig.1) Layout and Model Tab

(Fig.1) Layout and Model Tab


Text Under the Dimension Line

How do you put a text under a dimension line? No, I’m not talking about literally putting a Text under a dimension line using the command Text or Mtext then putting it under the dimension line manually. What I’m talking about is how are you going to a put Text under a dimension line automatically, without doing any command other than DIMEDIT or Edit.

Here is how, after a dimension was made in the object in your drawing, key-in command DDEDIT or just ED. Then click the text on the dimension line and add a backward  slash and a capital X after the dimension text (\X your text here). The result will be like those on the picture below (Fig.1).



Underlining a Text in AutoCAD

underlineSometimes putting a mark or putting a note in our drawing is necessary, specially if you want to specify something, then highlighting it, in order to notice it easily. In my case, whenever this  kind of scenarios arises, I always put an Underline and OverLine on my Text or Mtext, as a highlighter, making it easier to caught the readers of my drawing’s attention.

In AutoCAD, putting an underline or overline in a Text or Mtext is easy, that is, if you know the symbol or the special code to be use. So if happens that you don’t know what to be use, or you knew but forgotten it already due from not using it often. This blog post is for you.

So here is the code on how to put an Underline and Overline in a Text or Mtext. As well some other useful special codes to create an special symbols in AutoCAD.

UnderLine %%U