AutoCAD 2002 Bible

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Opening an Existing Drawing


Often you need to open an existing drawing, either to complete it or make changes. You can open an existing drawing from AutoCAD Today or from within AutoCAD itself.

Opening a drawing from AutoCAD Today


To open an existing drawing when starting AutoCAD, choose the Open Drawings tab in AutoCAD Today, shown in Figure 2-3.

Figure 2-3: Use the Open Drawings tab of AutoCAD Today to open an existing drawing.


From the Select how to begin drop-down list, you can choose from four options that determine which drawings you see and how they are organized:


♦    Most Recently Used: Recently used drawing listed in the reverse order in which they were saved.


♦    History (by Date): Recently used drawings organized by date.


♦    History (by Filename): Recently used drawings organized alphabetically.


♦    History (by Location): Recently used drawings organized by their location on your computer system.


Choose the option that you think will help you find the file most easily. Pass your mouse cursor over the file name to see its preview on the right. To open one of these drawings, click it.


If your drawing is not listed, click Browse. AutoCAD opens the Select File dialog box, shown in Figure 2-4. In the Look in drop-down list box, choose the drive where your drawing resides. In the main box, double-click the folder you need. Then choose your drawing. The Preview box enables you to quickly look at the drawing to see if it’s the one you want. Click Open. AutoCAD opens the drawing.

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