Interface

Once you choose "acadlt.dwt" to start a new drawing, you will access the main interface of the software. (See below)

You don't have to remember the names of every section of the interface but it's handy to refer back to here.


Quick breakdown of the interface - starting from the top:


Menu Bar:

Every menu has a list of commands & settings that we will explore throughout the course.

Tool Bar:

It offers a collection of commonly used commands such as: New / Save / Undo / Redo / Print

File Tabs:

Autocad has the ability to open multiple drawing files in the same window.

Tool Sets (to the left):

It hosts the majority of the commands you will be using such as Drawing commands, Modifying commands, and Annotation commands.

Palettes Tab (to the right):

It 3 tabs mainly (Layers & Properties) - (Reference Manager) - (Blocks)

Drawing Area (also called Model Space):

This is basically the canvas where you do all the drawing

Layout Tabs (Bottom left):

This is where we switch between the drawing area (Model Space) and the printing area (Paper Space) - a Layout is essentially a paper.

Command Bar (Bottom center):

This is where you can type the commands you want to use rather than clicking on the icons to the left. Also, command line serves as a guide while using Autocad - it explains the process of each command when you start - I recommend referring to it while you are working with Autocad.

Status Bar (Drafting Settings):

A collection of settings that help you draw accurately in Autocad. Majority of the problems you will have with Autocad will often relate to the Drafting Settings.