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AutoCAD Productivity

Layer Previous

by Michael Beall

From: AutoCAD Productivity Articles #132
Originally published: February 2014

PreviousLayers are the lifeblood in AutoCAD, and efficient management thereof is the key to your own quality of life; specifically, your sanity.

The Layer Previous button can be a real time saver and is, at its core, a Layer-specific ‘Undo’.

How to Use Layer Previous

  1. Open a drawing, then make a new layer [MC_FEB2014], give it a color and make it current; this will be our testing layer.

  2. Change the Color of any other layer in the current drawing, but don't make that layer current.

  3. On our test layer, draw a small rectangle somewhere.

  4. Click Layer Previous and the rectangle remains, but the color of the layer you changed is restored.

  5. Freeze several existing layers, then Rotate the rectangle.

  6. Click Layer Previous and the previously frozen layers are thawed… but the rectangle is still rotated!

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Shift + Right-click menu

Shift Right-click MenuObject snaps are really important in AutoCAD and in addition to the running object snaps, many AutoCAD users have the Object Snap toolbar permanently docked on their screen. However, as screen space is often at a premium, you might like to consider accessing the object snaps from the Shift + Right-click menu. If you didn't know about this, you'll find that it's even better than the Object Snap toolbar because it takes up no space and it contains all the object snaps including "Mid Between 2 Points" and the Point Filters.

Today's tip is by dbroada

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