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AutoCAD Layout

AutoCAD Layout

To Create a Drawing Template

Create a new template from an existing drawing or drawing template.

After changing the settings of any drawing file, you can create a template to quickly create new drawings with the same conventions and default settings.

  1. Erase all the objects in the drawing you do not want to keep.

  2. Click the Application button to Save As  AutoCAD Drawing Template.DWT files must be saved in the current drawing file format. To create a DWT file in a previous format, save the file in the desired DWG format, and then rename the DWG file using a DWT extension.

  3. In the Save Drawing As dialog box, File Name text box, enter a name for the drawing template and click Save.

  4. Enter a description for the drawing template and click OK.

Insert template in the layout

  1. Open the drawing file into which an existing or predefined layout should be imported. 

  2. Select a layout tab and Right-click on it.

  3. Select From Template... 

  4. Adjust the file type to drawing (*.dwg) or template (*.dwt) as needed. 

  5. Browse to the drawing or template file that contains the desired layouts. 

  6. Select one or more layouts from the Insert Layouts dialog. 

  7. Confirm with OK to add the layouts to the current drawing file.

Page setup in Layout

In AutoCAD, you can use the Layouts feature to create drawing sheets that display scaled views of your model in an area you can customize for printing. In addition to a view or views of your model space, you can add tables, notes, dimensions, or title blocks to your layouts that will be included in your finished drawing. Multiple layouts can be created, each with its page setup menu which can be used to change the size, appearance, and format of paper space to be printed.

Creating a New AutoCAD Layout

You can use several methods to create a new layout or copy an existing layout. Two quick ways new layouts can be created are to use the LAYOUT command and choose New or to right-click a layout tab and select New Layout. To quickly copy a layout, you can right-click a layout tab select Move or Copy, and then choose the Create a copy checkbox option (see image below) before hitting OK.

You can also create a new layout by copying an existing layout from a different drawing or an AutoCAD template (.dwt) file. To do this, simply right-click a layout tab and select the From Template option, then just choose the file type (.dwt, .dwg, or .dxf) and browse to the file from which you’d like to copy a layout.

To set model drawings in the layout

  • Enter OPTIONS in the AutoCAD command line.

  • Select the Display tab in the Options dialog box.

  • Under Layout Elements, select the Display Layout and Model Tabs check box.

  • Click OK.

  • The MODEL/PAPER toggle button will be displayed on the Status bar.

How do I lock a viewport in the model? 


  • Select the Viewport.

  • Right-click.

  • Select Display Locked >> Yes

To Export All Layouts to a Multi-Page PDF File

You can save all layouts to a PDF file with the EXPORT PDF command.

  • Near the bottom-left of the drawing area, click any layout tab.

  • Click the Output tab  Export to DWF/PDF panel  Export  PDF.

  • In the Save as PDF dialog box, inspect the Current Settings. If the settings do not meet your requirements:

  1. From the PDF Preset list, select the PDF preset that most closely matches your requirements.

  2. Click Options.

  3. Make further changes to the settings for the PDF file, if required.

  4. Click OK

  • In the Export drop-down, select All Layouts.

  • In the Save as PDF dialog box, select the other desired options, enter a file name, and click Save.

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