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Starting a new drawing in CAD

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Start a new drawing in CAD

NEW: The new command will always present you with a file selection dialog, from where you can select a template file. You can also choose to not use a template by selecting the drop-down menu next to the OPEN button and choose “Open with no template” (Imperial or Metric).
QNEW – This command will launch a new drawing using the pre assigned template file specified in option. If there is no template file specified, this command behaves like the NEW command. (Note that if the system variable startup= 2, in the zero-document state after starting up Auto CAD, the QNEW command will behave like NEW)
Click File
Click Option

Quick New

So if you have a template that you use most of the time, you can specify it in Options to be used with QNEW. This saves you the time of selecting a template when you start a new drawing.
So why have more than one template anyway? There are dozens of settings that are saved in the drawing, and without a template you would have to reset them each time you start a new drawing.

If you work on multiple drawing types, you may want a different template for each one. Within each template, you can set up layers, styles, system variables, etc., as required. You can set up the layouts, create named views, create blocks, anything you can do in a regular drawing.

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Opening an Existing Drawing Procedure


Open an existing drawing using standard AutoCAD commands.

If more than one drawing is open.

To open an existing drawing



  1. In the Select File dialog box, browse to the folder containing the drawing, select the drawing, and click Open.

Opening an Existing Drawing

You can open any of these drawing files:

Standard drawing files with a drawing extension. In addition to your own drawing files, you can open and use one of the working drawings that are included with Progress CAD.

Drawing Exchange Format files with a .dxf file extension.

Design Web Format files with a .dwf file extension.

Drawing templates with a .dwt file extension.

To open an existing drawing

  1. 1. Use one of the following methods:
  • Choose File > Open.
  • On the Standard toolbar, click the Open tool.
  • Type open and then press Enter.
  1. 2. In Files of Type, choose the type of file you want to open.
  2. 3. Choose the folder containing the desired file.

4 .Choose the drawing you want to open.

5 .Click Open.

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Lay-out and produce computer-aided drawings

Start Auto CAD and a new drawing by pressing the Application Button (top left corner) and pressing the new button to reveal the fly out. Once you see the fly out, click on Drawing.

New Drawing

You will see a dialog box open that asks you to select a template drawing to use (as shown below)


Select the “acad.dwt” template file and press the Open button to continue to the drawing screen.

 The AutoCAD Screen

Open New File

Move your cursor around the image above to find the names of various areas of the screen.

  • Application Button – This button displays commands for printing, saving, drawing utilities and other non-drawing tool.
  • Quick Access Toolbar – This is for quick access to common commands like New, Open, Save, Plot
  • Filename – The name of the current file you are working on.
  • Search Bar – Search for text in your drawing or search the help files.
  • Ribbon – The Ribbon has most of the commands/tools that you will use while you are working.
  • Tabs – A series of Tabs make up the Ribbon (Home, Insert, Manage, etc) and organize the Tools into common groups.
  • Panels – Contain a group of tools
  • Tools – These are the icon that start the commands you use to draw, modify, etc.
  • Tool Tip – If you hover your mouse over a tool, a tool tip will appear to give your more information. Hold it longer for more info.
  • Drawing Space – These is where you draw your designs.
  • Command line – When you type a command, you will see it command line or when you use dynamic input you will see your command in display. AutoCAD uses this space to ‘prompt’ you for information. It will give you various type of information and tell you where you are input the command.
  • Status bar – This allows to see and change different modes of drawing such as Ortho, Osnaps, Grid, Otrack, etc. You can right click this area to toggle between icons and text for this area.

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