Videos: AutoCAD Tips by Lynn Allen
Grab AutoCAD Content — and Go! Video
Grab AutoCAD Content — and Go!   7 Feb, 2017

If you’re good with a keyboard, you can grab AutoCAD content (such as blocks and layers) straight from the Command line even faster than you can through the ribbon. In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll see just how quickly you can access valuable content!More>>

The Perils of AutoCAD’s PICKFIRST System Variable Video
The Perils of AutoCAD’s PICKFIRST System Variable   23 Jan, 2017

With so many system variables in AutoCAD, it's easy to accidentally turn off something vital. Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how valuable the system variable PICKFIRST is, and why you never want to turn it off!More>>

Insert Specific Layers from Another AutoCAD Drawing Video
Insert Specific Layers from Another AutoCAD Drawing   9 Jan, 2017

You have a drawing with all the right layers and properties, and you want those layers in your current drawing — but how can you get them? Join Lynn Allen as she shows you two different methods for importing layers from one drawing into another. And if you should bring in a layer with a duplicate...More>>

Working on Someone Else’s AutoCAD Drawing Video
Working on Someone Else’s AutoCAD Drawing   12 Dec, 2016

Have you ever needed to update a drawing that you didn’t create? You just need to add in a few objects, but you don’t want to go through the hassle of figuring out all the assorted settings and styles that were used. Join Lynn Allen as she shows you a couple of tricks that will help you get in...More>>

Migrate Your AutoCAD Settings Between Computers Video
Migrate Your AutoCAD Settings Between Computers   29 Nov, 2016

You just bought a shiny new computer and installed the latest release of AutoCAD. Your amazing custom settings, however, are still on your old computer! How can you move them from one computer to another? Join Lynn Allen as she shows you three different solutions for migrating custom settings, and...More>>

Migrating Custom Settings in AutoCAD Video
Migrating Custom Settings in AutoCAD   14 Nov, 2016

When moving to a new release of AutoCAD, you are prompted to migrate your custom settings (such as Profiles and the CUI)? What happens if you bypass that option? How do you get back to it? Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how to migrate your settings after the fact to ensure you don’t lose all of...More>>

Customize Your AutoCAD Tooltips Video
Customize Your AutoCAD Tooltips   24 Oct, 2016

Tooltips pop up all over our displays — now it’s time to take control of them! In this video from Cadalyst and Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen, you’ll see how to manage the timing of AutoCAD’s tooltips and customize them to your liking.More>>

The Fastest Way to Draw a Square in AutoCAD Video
The Fastest Way to Draw a Square in AutoCAD   10 Oct, 2016

You likely already know how to draw polygons — but have you used the powerful (and speedy) Edge option? Join Lynn Allen as she shows you the fastest way to draw a square in AutoCAD, and demonstrates just how easy it is to draw polygons using Edge.More>>

Protect Your AutoCAD System Variables Video
Protect Your AutoCAD System Variables   26 Sep, 2016

We all have our favorite system variables, along with their preferred settings in AutoCAD. Have you ever run an AutoLISP routine that changed a system variable without your knowledge? System Variable Monitor to the rescue! Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how to protect your valuable system...More>>

Override XREF Objects That Are Not Set to BYLAYER Video
Override XREF Objects That Are Not Set to BYLAYER   12 Sep, 2016

Have you ever tried to change the properties of an object within an external reference that is not set to BYLAYER? If so, you know that just doesn’t work! In this video tip, Lynn Allen shows you how the XREFOVERRIDE system variable can come to your rescue.More>>


AutoCAD Tips!

Lynn Allen

In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor and Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD video tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!

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