AutoCAD 2002 Bible

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Cross-    As explained in Chapter 2, you can create your own title block, make a template


Reference^ from ancj tben start g    based on that template. Blocks are covered in


Chapter 18.

Common Setup Options


A few other items are generally set up in advance and are included in a template.


The following are covered in other chapters of this book:


♦    Layers (covered in Chapter 11) enable you to organize your drawing into meaningful groups. In an architectural drawing, for example, you might create a layer for walls, another for doors, one for electrical fixtures, and so on.


♦    Text styles (covered in Chapter 13) enable you to format the font and other text characteristics.


♦    Dimension styles (covered in Chapter 15) format the dimensions that measure your objects.

Setting blips


Certain aspects of the interface cannot be saved in a template because AutoCAD saves their settings in the Windows registry rather than in the drawing. For example, you can turn on blips so that AutoCAD creates a mark when you pick a point. They are off by default when you install AutoCAD. Blips can be helpful as reference points in certain cases.


The drawing used in the following Step-by-Step exercise on changing the blips setting, ab5-2.dwg, is in the Results folder of the AutoCAD 2002 Bible CD-ROM.

Step-by-Step: Changing the Blips Setting


1.    If you did the exercise on setting drawing limits, continue to use ab5-2.dwg. Otherwise, open ab5-2.dwg from the Results folder of the CD-ROM.


2.    Save the drawing as ab5-3.dwg in your AutoCAD Bible folder.

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