Guide To AutoCAD Basics

Guide to AutoCAD Basics
In this section, you’ll find a comprehensive technical AutoCAD tutorial which includes all the basic commands you will need when
creating 2D drawings with AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.
If you have just completed your AutoCAD training, or if you are comfortable with AutoCAD basics but would like a refresher, this is a
great place to start. The included commands are grouped together according to types of activity, and are arranged to follow a general
workflow. The following sections are covered:

This section reviews the basic AutoCAD

Pan and zoom in a drawing, and control
the order of overlapping objects.

Create basic geometric objects such as
lines, circles, and hatched areas.

Ensure the precision required for your

Organize your drawing by assigning
objects to layers.

You can assign properties such as color
and linetype to individual objects, or as
default properties assigned to layers.

Perform editing operations such as
erase, move, and trim on the objects in a

Insert symbols and details into your
drawings from commercial online sources
or from your own designs.

Display one or more scaled views of your
design on a standard-size drawing sheet
called a layout.

Notes and Labels:
Create notes, labels, bubbles, and callouts.
Save and restore style settings by name.

Create several types of dimensions and
save dimension settings by name.

Output a drawing layout to a printer, a
plotter, or a file. Save and restore the
printer settings for each layout.


Review the basic AutoCAD controls.

After you launch AutoCAD, click the Start Drawing button to begin a new drawing.



Review the basic AutoCAD controls.

After you launch AutoCAD, click the Start Drawing button to begin a new drawing.

AutoCAD includes a standard tabbed ribbon across the top of the drawing area. You can access

nearly all the commands presented in this guide from the Home tab. In addition, the Quick Access

toolbar shown below includes familiar commands such as New, Open, Save, Print, Undo, and so on.

Create Your Own Drawing Template File

You can save any drawing (.dwg) file as a drawing template (.dwt) file. You can also open any

existing drawing template file, modify it, and then save it again with a different filename if needed.

If you work independently, you can develop your drawing template files to suit your working

preferences, adding settings for additional features as you become familiar with them.

To modify an existing drawing template file, click Open, specify Drawing Template (*.dwt) in the

Select File dialog box, and choose the template file.