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AutoCAD: Copy and Paste Objects Between Drawings

In this free video tutorial, I demonstrate how to view multiple drawings on the screen and copy objects between the two drawings.

Transcript of this video

Welcome. I'm Cindy Dunn, President of CCAD inc. In this video I demonstrate how to view multiple drawings on the screen and copy objects between the two drawings.

Objects from one drawing can be copied and pasted into the current drawing. Both drawings do not need to be visible at the same time, but that can make it easier to copy and paste.

I have two drawings open. Both are maximized to fill the screen. I switch between drawings by press CTRL+TAB.

Instead of switching back and forth like this, I can display both drawings at the same time by tiling the windows. I prefer to tile the windows vertically when copying objects between files.

To make a window active, simply left left-click on or in the window. Notice that each window has its own Minimize, Restore and Close buttons.


Dragging and Dropping

To copy objects by dragging and dropping, selected the objects. Then, click on the edge of one of the objects, hold and drag the objects to the other window. Release the left mouse button when the objects are located in the other window.

Removing Selected Objects

While it is convenient to select objects with a Window or Crossing, sometimes unwanted objects are selected. To unselect those objects press and hold the shift key then select the objects to remove from the selection.

Copy and Paste

Instead of dragging and dropping objects, you can select, Copy and then Paste objects into the current drawing or another open file. The reference point of the objects will be the lower left corner of the extents of the selected objects.

Copy and Paste with Basepoint

To Copy and Paste objects more accurately, use the Copy with Basepoint option. This option can be used within the current drawing or another open file.


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