Open Your AutoCAD Drawing to a Saved View

27 Apr, 2015

Are you still opening a drawing file and then going to your desired view?  Why not kill two birds with one stone?  Join Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen as she shows you how to open a drawing file and go to a specific area of your drawing in one easy step (perfect for working on large files!).

Video Transcript

Hello there, this is Lynn Allen. Thank you so much for joining me for another AutoCAD tip, courtesy of Cadalyst magazine. Hope you are having a great week so far.

Now today, we are going talk about a cool option in the Open command. I know you are saying to yourself, "Really, Lynn? Cause I think I know all there is to know about the Open command." Well, we will see. There's a very cool option that allows you to go to a specific view when you open a drawing file. If you are working with a large drawing file, it could save you tons of time. Really valuable feature.

So let me show you what I'm talking about, even though this is really not a large drawing file. This drawing has some views saved in it. I come up here to the In Canvas Viewport Controls, (so easy to remember that right?), and you will see there are four views. If I click on Bedroom1, you will see it zooms in on that particular part of the drawing file. If I go to Bathroom1, you will see it goes to a view of the bathroom, but even cooler it also turns some layers off. So the other cool thing about the View command is you can tell it that you want it to save the layer configuration as well. That is so valuable. It will save you lots of time.

Let's go back to our zoom extends view. We are going to make a view -- I'm not going to go into detail about the View command, that's another tip for another time. I'm just going to give you the Reader's Digest version of it (which sadly, only some of you will get). I'm going to go into the View command -- you can get to it any way you want. You can go up to the View tab. It's up to you. I'm going to make a new view. Let's call this the mechanical room.

Now if I say "Leave it at current display," it's going to make it the entire drawing that I have on the screen the mechanical room, which is incorrect. So we are going to define a window -- I'm going to select right in here for the mechanical room. I like it. I'm going to hit Enter and save it. It's all good, right? OK. OK. And we'll even save it. Let's close this up. Definitely a short version of the View command.

Now if I come down here, and I try to open the file from the New tab or Start tab if you are in 2016 -- pick your poison. It's just going to open the drawing file. You will have no options to go to a specific view. You have to go into the Open command or you can select Open files from here -- whatever makes you happy. Here you'll see this is the drawing file that I want -- that was the one that I was just in. Over here on the right-hand side is this very cool option that allows you to select an initial view. Awesome. Did you notice that before? Did you see it before? Did you wonder what it was? Because now you know. You are cooler than all your coworkers.

So now I'm going to hit Open, and when I do that, it's going to allow me to select an initial view. Let's go ahead and let's open it up as Bedroom1. Hit Open and OK. We all live happily ever after. Once again, super valuable with large drawing files, it will save you a lot of time. (Do not listen to this tip if you get paid by the hour.) I hope you enjoyed that. I'm all about saving you some time. I'm going to see you back here in two more weeks. Hope you have a great rest of the week.

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