Chapter 8. Viewing Your Drawing


  • Panning and zooming

  • Using the SteeringWheel

  • Working with views

  • 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 your drawing needs and increase your productivity. This chapter covers viewing a 2D drawing.


This entire chapter assumes that you're using the 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace and (for AutoCAD) the 2D Wireframe visual style. To check, choose 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace from the Workspace Switching list on the Quick Access Toolbar or on the status bar. To set the visual style to 2D Wireframe, type vscurrent

Viewing Your Drawing

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 need to re-display the objects on your screen. One way is to recalculate the entire drawing, in a process called regenerating ...

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