Use Qnew to start a new drawing.
Use default template acad.dwt file. This will set the limits to
Under “File” choose “saveas” to save drawing under appropriate name
At the prompt type in “units”.
Within the dialogue box choose appropriate units and precision
Turn the grid “on” if you prefer.
Zoom drawing to “all”.
Create appropriate layers, colors and load linetypes under the pull
down menu “format”. Example: Layers would be, border, part, dimension,
text, titleblock and each layer would have a corresponding color. Load
linetypes that may be needed in drawing.
Utilize the Text Style Manager to create different text “styles”.
i.e.: dimension, gentxt.
Start drawing at a X,Y coordinate that will allow for good drafting
practices to be used.
Use the following steps to create one PC block
with text labels and with the following attributes: computer #,
hard drive, ram, manufacturer, monitor size, processor type, and account
a. Draw the computer and text labels
(Computer #, and all the text in black) that will make up the
block. (If you already have a block and want to add attributes to it,
you can explode the block, add the attributes, and recreate the
b. Choose Draw>Block>Define Attributes (ATTDEF
command) to open the Attribute Definition dialog box.
c. In the Mode section, check one or more of
Verify: Prompts you to verify the value,
useful when you have a preset. Preset: Inserts a default
value, but you can edit it if you set the ATTDIA system variable to
In the Attribute section, specify the Tag,
which is like a field/column name for the attribute. For example, enter
'HD Size' for the attribute containing the size of the hard drive
information. The tag is converted to uppercase and cannot contain spaces
or exclamation points.
Enter a prompt, which is similar to the tag,
but can contain spaces.
Enter a value to set a default value. In
AutoCAD 2009, this is called the Default.
In the Text Options/Settings section, choose a
justification, text style, height, and rotation.
In the Insertion Point section, check the
Specify On-Screen check box to specify the location of the attribute.
Otherwise, enter the desired coordinates.
Check the Lock Position in Block check box to
lock the position of the attribute relative to the block, so that you
can't grip edit it and move it.
Click OK. At the prompt, specify the location
11. Choose Make Block on the Draw toolbar
(BLOCK command) and use the Block Definition dialog box to create the
block. When you select the attributes, separately pick them in the order
you want them to appear to prompt you for values. You can choose the
Delete option to delete the block and attribute items, because you'll
insert the block later, with its attributes.
When you're ready to insert the block, you can
specify attribute values on the command line or in a dialog box. By
default, you specify them on the command line. To use a dialog box,
change the value of the ATTDIA system variable to 1.
12. Use the INSERT command to insert the
PC block seven more times to create the computer room.
13. Use the Data Extraction command (under the
Tools menu) to create a summary table on your drawing. At the same
an Excel file containing this summary information. Open the Excel file
and put your name at the bottom of the table.
the drawing is complete, create a layout with a title block. Fill in the relevant title block
15. Email your AutoCAD drawing and Excel file to
Last Updated: 23 March 2010