AutoCAD Tips and Tricks


Welcome to the AutoCAD Tips & Tricks page. This is where each month we will highlight a Tip or Trick of the month. Please visit the AutoCAD Tips & Tricks Forum to review and vote on or even submit your favorite Tip of the month.

We don’t always realize we are using a 'Tip or Trick', and someone says, “Stop!! Back up. What did you just do?” That’s because we have been using them on a daily basis and don’t think of them as being novel.

Autodesk is always putting out new tools for us with each new release. We may not find the new tool when the new release comes out (or we might have skipped a release of AutoCAD). So if you have any time-saving tips, I ask you to submit them in the AutoCAD Tips & Tricks Forum.

If you'd like to watch some Tips and Tricks on video, you could always check out the Autodesk Exchange site, where there are interviews and videos about many recent AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT features.

Tip of the Month

Xrefs have significant benefits in many circumstances, but I've always maintained that you should use a tool for its intended purpose.  That said, if you attach a raster image logo to your drawing, when you send the drawing to someone, if you don't use eTransmit, the logo won't show up if the recipient doesn't have the same raster image on their system for reference.  So when I opened a .DWG that a customer sent me and saw their logo, I wondered why I was able to see it since I didn't receive the raster image and they didn't send a ZIP. 

Remember OLE?  Object Linking and Embedding?

The following procedure was my lead article in Michael's Corner for December 2012, and I thought it was significant enough to put up here, too.  It's not necessarily the most intuitive process, so if you all know of another way to accomplish the inclusion of a raster image in a drawing - without it being an externally referenced file - please pass that along.  In the meantime, this works like a champ.

How To Embed a Raster Image

1..  Open Windows Explorer (My Computer), then navigate to the image, right-click on it, then Copy (or CTRL + C).

2..  Open Microsoft Word, then use CTRL + V to Paste the image.

3..  Now click on the image in Word, then Copy it. This is the golden key to the exercise. You need to paste the image into a Word document first, then Copy it from there.

4..  Open the AutoCAD drawing to receive the image, then Ctrl + V to Paste it. If the OLE Text Size dialog box opens, just click OK.

5.. You can now use grips to size the image!

Ah, yes, and Merry Christmas to one and all, and I hope your New Year is one filled with random opportunities for happiness and fun amongst all your hard work.

And take a break every now and then; you deserve it.


Change the 'abc' in Mtext

OK, totally random insight that came up when I was training in Indianapolis this week.

Years ago (Release 11?), when you used Mtext, you would specify the insertion point, a dialog box would come up, you type what you want, then click OK.  Lo and behold, you didn't realize the text was going to be that big/that small!  Fuss, whine, fuss, whine, umpteen hundred users get their voices heard.

So nowadays, when you launch Mtext you see 'abc' attached to your cursor so you know how big the text will be from the get-go, and what the current text style looks like.  Wanna change the 'abc'?  The MTJIGSTRING variable will hold up to 10 alphanumeric characters, so cheer your favorite team (or favorite child) each time you use Mtext!

When this feature came out a version or two later, I think Lynn Allen mentioned it and I just happened to see it, so we'll give her (yet another!) Gold Star for that one!

Text and Mask

Here was a tip from October.
This tip was submitted by archie.manza / bjw6277 back in September.

There are actually 2 tips involved with this post. The original post by archie.manza talks about the AutoCAD command TEXTTOFRONT. This command helps when your text gets behind your wipeouts. TEXTTOFRONT gives you the option to grap all Text,Dimensions or Both and bring their draworder to the front. The second tip is by bjw6277 and it talks about using the F option in the Wipeout command. This will toggle the frame option of the wipeouts. With the frames on you can see and edit the wipeouts boundaries and when it is off you cannot.

Tired of searching your Text after using a TextMask Express Command? Add this code on your Lsp or Acaddoc.lsp or on the start of opening your drawing. Code: (defun c:ttf () (command "texttofront" "both"))

Thanks to archie.manza and bjw6277 for submitting the great Tips!

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