Chapter 8. Viewing Your Drawing


  • Panning and zooming

  • Working with views

  • Using Aerial View to pan and zoom

  • Creating tiled viewports

  • Rotating the snap angle

  • Creating User Coordinate Systems

  • Drawing isometrically

Often you may wish that you could zoom in to see a particular part of a drawing more closely or move the display in a certain direction to reveal an area that is hidden. You may also want to save a view so that you can return to it at some other time. In this chapter, you read about controlling the display of your drawing to meet all of your drawing needs and increase your productivity. This chapter covers viewing a 2D drawing.


If you're using AutoCAD, this entire chapter assumes that you're using the AutoCAD Classic or AutoCAD LT Classic workspace and the 2D Wireframe visual style. To do so, choose AutoCAD Classic or AutoCAD LT Classic from the Workspace toolbar. (If the Workspace toolbar is not visible, right-click any toolbar button and choose Workspace from the list of toolbars.) To set the visual style to 2D Wireframe, choose View Í Visual Styles Í 2D Wireframe. Visual styles are mostly used for 3D drawings. I cover viewing 3D drawings in Chapter 22.

Regenerating and Redrawing the Display

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are vector programs, which means that they store information about objects in your drawing in terms of coordinates and equations. To display your drawing on your computer screen, the programs convert the vector information to pixels. Occasionally, you may ...

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