2.1 - The AutoCAD Environment

Step 1 - Lesson 2.1

-In this lesson 2.2 we are going to discuss the following:

2.1.1 - Explore the AutoCAD Environment

After you have installed AutoCAD 2018 proceed with the following steps, on windows, to launch the program:
Select Start > type AutoCAD2018 > select AutoCAD2018
The view of AutoCAD will appear, (Figure offering options to open existing drawings or to create a new drawing.

Fig. - AutoCAD - the Starting View

Fig. - AutoCAD - the Starting View

To create a new drawing click the Start Drawing thumbnail as you can see in the left side of the view under “Get Started” (Figure

This is the default layout of the AutoCAD 2018 program window and is called the Drafting Annotation Workspace'.
At the top of the AutoCAD Application window, that you have opened on your screen, you see the Application menu, ribbon, and other elements to access frequently used
commands and control the operation of the drawing.

Fig. - The AutoCAD Default Window

Fig. - The AutoCAD Default Window

The AutoCAD program window is divided in several parts (Fig.

  • • Application menu

    • Quick Access toolbar

    • Ribbon

    • Drawing tabs

    • Drawing area

    • UCS icon

    • Viewport Controls

  • • View Cube

    • Navigation bar

    • Command Window

    • Model and Layout tabs

    • Application status bar</>

    • Drawing status bar

You can organize the AutoCAD Window into any arrangement you want and save it as a workspace. You can save and recall a workspace at any time using the Workspace Switching tool in the Quick Access toolbar (Figure

Fig. - Workspace Switching tool

Fig. - Workspace Switching tool

The default layout of the AutoCAD 2014 program window is called the 'Drafting Annotation Workspace' and appears when you first open AutoCAD. You can change or select another workspace by clicking the Workspace Switching button, at the DrawingStatus bar (Figure


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