Handle AutoCAD Files in a Flash

22 Feb, 2015

Of course you know the basics of saving and closing files in AutoCAD, but are you familiar with SaveAll, CloseAll, and QQuit? This video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, Autodesk evangelist, will show you the time-saving advantages of these three great productivity commands!

Video Transcript

Hello there, this is Lynn Allen. Welcome to another AutoCAD tip, courtesy of Cadalyst magazine. Thanks for joining me. I hope you are having a great day.

So I bet you know all about how to open file, how to start files, how to close file, how to close AutoCAD -- all of that. You have that down to a fine science. But do you know the Save All command, the Close All command, and the QQuit command? Do you know those? If you do, then you should just turn the video off. But if you don't, stay with me because I'm going to tell you all about these really cool commands that are going to save you time.

If you are inside AutoCAD 2014 or higher, then you have the file tabs, which I'm just going to assume you are using because really, why wouldn't you? Because they are awesome. If I do a right-click on any of the file tabs, you'll see that there's an option that says Save All. It's also a command that you can type in the Command line because it used to be an Express Tool. If you don't have 2014 or 2015, just type in Save All at the Command line. It does exactly what it says. It save all of your open files. Now if I've been working on various open files, I want to make sure I don't lose any of the hard work that I did. I want to be able to do a Save really fast with all of my open files without having to go to each on individually. Right? Save All is the answer for that.

So you'll also see in the right-click menu that there's an option call Close All, which is a command that you can type in at the Command line if you have AutoCAD 2014 or higher. If I say Close All, what will happen in that situation is it will give me a chance to save the drawing files if I want to, and it will keep me inside of AutoCAD, but all of my files will be closed. And if you have 2015, you know that will leave you at the New tab, which is what we are looking at right now.

So give me just a second to open up a couple of drawing files -- just a couple, so I have them open and you know I'm not making things up. So we did Save All, and we did Close All. I should mention that Save All and the next one I'm going to talk about, QQuit, were Express Tools in 2013 or earlier. So that means they are not in LT. So I'm sorry if you are using LT, you won't be able to use those commands.

So we did Save All. We did Close All. How about QQuit? What the heck is that? It's like a serious Quit. If you have fear of commitment, you do not want to use QQuit because not only does it close your files -- it does give you a chance to save them in case you haven't had a chance to do that yet -- it also takes you completely out of AutoCAD. So that, of course, is going to be the last command that I'm going to do for the day. Incidentally, you know how else you can do that before we do this? You double click on that great big red A in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. It pretty much does the same thing. So you've all done that by accident, right? So QQuit -- I'm going to get hit an Enter, and it is going to shut all of my drawing files down, giving me a chance to save them if I've made any modifications to them, and takes me out of AutoCAD. And now I'm ready to go home.

I hope that you learned a couple of cool tricks today with saving and closing files. I hope to see you back here in two more weeks. Thank you so much for joining me.

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