Never Lose Track of Your AutoCAD Drawing Again!

9 Feb, 2015

Remembering which directory your open drawing file came from can be daunting. Sure, we can use SaveAs to check out the drawing directory — but why waste time doing that? Instead, you can display the directory at all times at the top of the AutoCAD drawing editor! In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll see how easy it is to do.

Video Transcript

Hello there, this is Lynn Allen. Thank you for joining me for another AutoCAD tip, courtesy of Cadalyst magazine. I hope you are having a great week so far. And I hope you that you are a little more organized than I am. I do tend to be slightly disorganized.

In fact, it's not uncommon for me to be working in a drawing file and not be exactly sure of the directory where I got the drawing from. Now I can see the name of the drawing at the top of the screen. But sometimes it's not clear which directory I got the drawing file from.

So we've all learned techniques over the years like this super lazy technique of going into Save As -- we all know how to do that, so it tells me the directory that my drawing file is in. If you have 2014 or 2015, you can also do a right-click on any open file tab and you'll see a cool option that says Open File Location, which is another way to figure out which directory your drawing file is in.

But if you find yourself asking this question a lot, "What directory is my drawing file in?", then you should definitely set AutoCAD up so that it shows you the directory path at the top of the screen. So let me show you how to do that.

I'm going to do a right-click at the Command line to go to Options. You can go into Options any way that you want. Whatever makes you happy. Then simply go over to the Open and Save tab, and you'll see that there's an option that says Display Full Path in Title. Easy enough. Hit OK to get out. And now you will see from this day forward at the very top of the screen, it will show you the directory structure of where your drawing is from. I love that.

I'd like to have that on by default, but it's totally up to you. I hope that this will help you be just a little bit more organized. I'll see you back here in two more weeks. Thank you for joining me.

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