AutoCAD Workspace Settings | How to set AutoCAD Workspace Settings?

AutoCAD Workspace Settings

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Hey Guys,

Previously we discussed Unit setting in AutoCAD which is very important before starting any drawing.

Now we will know something about some other settings which we need to know.

So, let’s get started.

Workspace means the main working screen of the AutoCAD. Before starting any drawing, it is mandatory to set some settings to draw any drawing according to our drawing.

I will explain which settings are necessary before starting drawing.

How to set AutoCAD Workspace Settings?

1) How to hide/show panels and tabs in Autocaad?

Hide/show panels in AutoCAD AutoCAD Workspace Settings
Hide/show panels in AutoCAD

1) Simply right-click beside the panel’s dropdown menu.

2) It will show some options as shown.

3) Hide or show which pan or tabs you want to hide or show by simply clicking on that.

4) Also by clicking on this icon as shown, it will minimize panels and will increase the workspace area.

Minimize panel AutoCAD
Minimize panel AutoCAD

2) How to Restore all panels and tabs are not visible?

Restore panels AutoCAD
Restore panels AutoCAD

Two Methods are there:

1) The first method is very simple. Just change the workspace from the ‘Quick access toolbar’ located at the top of the screen or from the ‘Status bar’ located at the bottom right corner of the screen. Select 3D modeling and then again select 2D drafting & annotation.

Reset all panel AutoCAD
Reset all panel AutoCAD

2) The second method is type ‘MENU’ in the command bar and presses the Enter key.

It will show one dialogue box of templates. Select ‘acad’ by default template. After selecting, it will show all panels and tabs.

3) How to Increase/Decrease Crosshair and pick box size?

Crosshir AutoCAD
Crosshir AutoCAD

1) Crosshair means the ‘+’ sign of the cursor and the small square we can show in the ‘+’ sign is called pick box.

Appliation menu AutoCAD
Appliation menu AutoCAD

2) Click on the ‘Application Menu’ located at the upper left corner of the AutoCAD and select ‘Options’ located on the bottom right side. One dialogue box will be open.

3) Or type ‘OP’ in the command bar and press the Enter key. One dialogue box will be open.

Inrease/decrease pickbox size in AutoCAD
Inrease/decrease pickbox size in AutoCAD

4) To increase/decrease pick box size, select the ‘Selection’ tab. We can simply increase or decrease size from there as shown.

Inrease/decrease crosshair size in AutoCAD
Inrease/decrease crosshair size in AutoCAD

5) To increase/decrease crosshair size, select the ‘Display’ tab. We can set crosshair size from there as shown.

4) How to Change the Background Color of the workspace in Autocad?

1) Click on the ‘Application menu’ located at the upper left corner of the AutoCAD and select ‘Options’ located on the bottom right side. One dialogue box will be open.

2) Or type ‘OP’ in the command bar and press the Enter key. One dialogue box will be open.

3) By default, it will open by selected the ‘Drafting’ option. If not selected, then select the ‘Drafting’ tab.

Change backround color in AutoCAD
Change backround color in AutoCAD

4) By clicking on ‘colors’, one dialogue box will be open.

5) Select ‘uniform background’ from the interface element. And change the color which you want.

6) After selection click on ‘Apply and close’. AutoCAD workspace background color will be changing as per selection.

5) Status Bar settings in Autocad: (How to set AutoCAD Workspace Settings)

The status bar is placed at the lower right corner of the workspace screen.

If some icons are not shown, then we can add from the customization placed at the last three-line icon as shown.

Status bar setting AutoCAD
Status bar setting AutoCAD

1) Grid mode:

We can on/off gridlines by first icon ‘Grid mode’ (Shortcut key for on/off-grid mode is F7).

 2) Orthomode:

Orthomode is useful to draw a straight line horizontally or vertically. (Shortcut key for on/off orthomode is F8)

3) Polar Tracking:

Polar tracking AutoCAD
Polar tracking AutoCAD

The Polar tracking is useful to track angles for draw lines at particular angles. We can choose angles that we want to track like 30,60,90,120 or 45,90,135,180 from the dropdown menu. (Shortcut key for on/off polar tracking is F10)

4) Auto snap (AutoCAD Workspace Settings)

Auto snap is useful to show snapping reference points. By on this icon, we can snap points of the other objects. (Shortcut key for on/off auto snap is F11)

5) Object Snap(Osnap) (How to set AutoCAD Workspace Settings)

AutoCAD Workspace Settings
AutoCAD Outosnap Settings

Object snap is useful for snap object points. For example, I have one line and I want to show its midpoint then I have to on Osnap command or icon.

By putting the cursor on the line, will show the starting point, middle point, and endpoint of the line. (Shortcut key for on/off Osnap is F3)

6) How to Set limits in Autocad?

If we want to create a large drawing and we want to set a certain limit from which we don’t want to draw outside of that limit, then it is necessary to set limits in AutoCAD.

The limit setting means to set our workspace page in specific limits like the width of our workspace space is 1000 meter and height is 500 meter.

Steps for a set limit of AutoCAD Workspace Settings

1) Type ‘LIMITS’ in the command bar and press Enter key.

2) AutoCAD will ask for a specific lower-left corner. Set a lower-left corner as required.

3) Then AutoCAD will ask for upper right corner. Specify upper right corner.

4) Then again type ‘LIMITS’ in the command bar and press Enter and click on the ‘on’. By on limits, we cannot work outside of the limit set by us.

5) We can also set our limits from the origin point. For that, we have to type (0, 0) to set the lower-left corner. And type upper right corner coordinates as per requirement.

Example of AutoCAD Workspace Settings

1) I want to set my limit as width is 1000mm and height is 500mm.

2) Then I will draw one rectangle of width 1000mm and height 500mm by typing ‘REC’ in the command bar.

3) Then I will invoke limit command by typing ‘LIMITS’ in the command bar.

4) I will specify the lower-left corner as a lower-left corner of the rectangle and the upper right corner as an upper right corner of the rectangle.

AutoCAD Workspace Settings
AutoCAD Lmit Settings

5) I will again invoke limit command and will select ‘on’.

6) Then I will press the ‘Z’ key and will press the ‘Enter’ key Then again I will press the ‘A’ key and will press the ‘Enter’ key. The limit will be set.

AutoCAD Workspace Settings
AutoCAD Workspace Settings

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