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CCAD's AutoCAD Tutorials

AutoCAD: Tools for Accurate and Efficient Drawingmore

This free video tutorial explores using Grid, Snap, Direct Distance Entry (DDE) Object Snaps, Object Snap Tracking, and Polar Tracking to create drawings accurately and efficiently.

AutoCAD: Annotative Blocksmore

In this free video tutorial, I explain Annotative Blocks, why they are used and how to create them.

AutoCAD: Defining Blocks Part 1more

In this free video tutorial, I demonstrate the basics of creating Block Definitions in AutoCAD and accessing them via the Design Center palette.

AutoCAD: Essential Layer Tools, Part 2more

In this free video tutorial, I demonstrate several more essential Layer Tools, continuing from Part 1.

AutoCAD: Essential Layer Toolsmore

In this free video tutorial, I demonstrate several essential Layer Tools.

AutoCAD: Using the SCALE command with the Reference Optionmore

In this free video tutorial, I demonstrate how to use the SCALE command with the Reference option.

AutoCAD: Copy and Paste Objects Between Drawings more

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

AutoCAD Express Tools: BlockReplace more

This free video tutorial explores the BlockReplace command in AutoCAD Express Tools (please note that the Express Tools are not available in AutoCAD LT).

AutoCAD 2017 New Commands: Centerline & Centermark Settingsmore

This free tutorial discusses the settings for two new commands in AutoCAD 2017: Centerline & Centermark.

AutoCAD 2017 New Commands: Centerline & Centermarkmore

This free tutorial introduces two new commands in AutoCAD 2017: Centerline & Centermark.

AutoCAD & PDFsmore

This free tutorial outlines several innovative ways of employing PDFs in your AutoCAD work.

Automate & Synchronize Titleblock Informationmore

This free tutorial demonstrates how to automate text and synchronize or update information in all titleblocks.

Changing the UCS Origin on a Drawingmore

This free tutorial demonstrates how change the UCS icon in an AutoCAD drawing to aid in locating points using a different origin and the UCS Icon can be displayed at the Origin.

Applying a Background Mask to Text Objectsmore

This free tutorial demonstrates how to apply a Background Mask to Multiline Text Objects.

Named Page Setupsmore

This free tutorial demonstrates how to create and use Named Page Setups, which are used to quickly restore a set of Plot parameters.

Geometric Constraintsmore

This free tutorial demonstrates how to use geometric constraints to limit the types of changes allowed to a group of objects.

Creating a Custom Command Alias in AutoCAD 2016more

This free tutorial demonstrates how to create your own custom command aliases.

Converting a Drawing from Metric to Inchmore

This free video tutorial demonstrates how to convert a metric drawing to an inch drawing.

Creating Custom Watermarks or Plot Stampsmore

This free video tutorial demonstrates how to create custom watermarks or plot stamps.

The POLYLINE option of the FILLET commandmore

This free video tutorial the POLYLINE option of the FILLET command.

TRIM and EXTEND commands - Often Overlooked Optionsmore

This free video tutorial demonstrates the often overlooked options of the TRIM and EXTEND commands.

AutoCAD 2016: The NEW Geometric Center Object Snapmore

This free video tutorial demonstrates the Geometric Center Object Snap which was added in AutoCAD 2016. This new GCEN Object Snap locates the geometric center of polylines and splines. This is very handy when trying to locate the center of a polyline created using the rectangle or polygon commands. Learn about it in our free video tutorial!

AutoCAD 2016: Updated DIM Commandmore

This free video tutorial demonstrates the DIM command which was newly updated for AutoCAD 2016. One of the coolest features of the updated command is you can choose the layer assigned to dimensions created with the DIM command. Learn about it in our free video tutorial!

AutoCAD 2016: Revision Cloudsmore

This free video tutorial demonstrates the REVCLOUD command which was newly updated for AutoCAD 2016. Prior to AutoCAD 2016, modifying the cloud produced unpredictable or undesirable results. Not anymore! Watch our tutorial and see the improvements.

AutoCAD 2015: Aligning Textmore

This free video tutorial demonstrates the TEXTALIGN command which allows you to align text objects horizontally, vertically or at another angle, specify the justification of alignment or equally space text objects. The text objects can be aligned to a specified text object or to a point.

AutoCAD: Tracing an Image File in an AutoCAD Drawingmore

This free video tutorial is a continuation of last month's tutorial, Attaching an Image File to an AutoCAD Drawing. In that video I attached an image file of a floor plan and scaled it to actual size.

In this video I will trace the floor plan so I can acquire dimensional information like square footage and perimeter measurements. Having a dimensionally accurate plan using AutoCAD geometry will also let me place fixtures and furniture in the space.

AutoCAD: Attaching an Image File to an AutoCAD Drawingmore

This free video tutorial demonstrates how to include an image file, like a jpg, in an AutoCAD drawing and scale it to the proper size.

AutoCAD 2015: Automatically Numbering Notesmore

This free video tutorial demonstrates how to automatically apply numbers to notes. The numbers will automatically update if you insert a new note.

AutoCAD: Construction Lines more

This free video tutorial demonstrates the use of the XLINE command to create construction lines. Construction lines extend to infinity in both directions. You can use construction lines to prepare multiple views of the same item, or create temporary intersections that you can use for object snaps.

AutoCAD: Command Prompt Conventions more

View this free tutorial to understand the meaning of several of the command prompt conventions and how to know just what AutoCAD is asking of you.

AutoCAD 2006 - 2015: Selection Cycling more

View this free tutorial to learn about one of the often overlooked features of AutoCAD 2006 and later: Selection Cycling!

AutoCAD 2015: The Lasso Selection more

Watch this free video to learn about one of the additions in AutoCAD 2015: The Lasso Selection.

AutoCAD 2015: The New Tab more

Watch this free video to learn about another new addition in AutoCAD 2015: The New Tab.

Aligning Objectsmore

Watch this free video to learn about a couple of my favorite drawing tools for aligning objects: Object Snap Tracking and Midpoint between 2 Points.

Multileader Basicsmore

The MLEADER command can create leaders with a variety of arrows, segments and content, including text and blocks with attributes. Watch this free video to learn how to better use MLEADER command.

Rotating Viewportsmore

The VPROTATEASSOC setting controls whether the view in a viewport is rotated when the viewport is rotated. Watch this free video to learn how to use VPROTATEASSOC and rotate a viewport to a specific angle.

The Design Center Palettemore

Reusing and sharing content is fundamental to efficient management of a drawing project. Using the same styles, blocks and layouts provide a consistent file foundation that is more easily modified and presents a uniform appearance. The Design Center Palette allows you to import content (layers, linetypes, text styles, block definitions, layouts, etc.) contained in other drawings. See our video tutorial to learn more about the Design Center Palette.

AutoCAD's JOIN Commandmore

Watch CCAD's free video tutorial to learn how to use the Join command to connect or join a group of objects into a single, unbroken object in AutoCAD. Objects that can be joined are lines, polylines, arcs, elliptical arcs and splines.

AutoCAD's OFFSET Commandmore

Watch CCAD's free video tutorial to learn how to use the OFFSET command to create parallel copies of lines, polylines, concentric arcs and circles in AutoCAD.

How to Use Ribbonsmore

AutoCAD 2009 introduced the Ribbon as a method of selecting commands. This free video tutorial outlines the basics of using the Ribbon to choose commands.

Changing the Default Settings for New Drawingsmore

Template files are used to provide the initial settings for new drawings. In this tutorial you'll learn how to change existing templates or create a new templates to save time and provide consistency among all drawings.

Trusted Locationsmore

AutoCAD 2014 implemented security measures to help protect against viruses and malware (malicious code). Learn how to make sure your custom applications are loaded properly by adding their folders to AutoCAD's Trusted Locations in this free tutorial.

Sizing Dimensionsmore

Achieving consistently sized dimension features, regardless of drawing scale can be somewhat of a challenge. Watch our free video tutorial to see how an Annotative Dimension Style can make sizing dimension text, arrows, etc. a snap.

Creating Keyboard Shortcutsmore

Keyboard shortcuts, also known as an alias, can save time over using the ribbon or typing in a command. See our free tutorial to learn how to create your own keyboard shortcuts.

Sizing Textmore

Achieving consistent text size regardless of drawing scale can be somewhat of a challenge. Watch our free video tutorial to see how an Annotative Text Style can make sizing text a snap.

File Tabs in AutoCAD 2014more

AutoCAD 2014 conveniently locates several file related commands in File Tabs along the top of the drawing window. Watch CCAD's free video tutorial to learn about these new File Tabs.

Removing AEC Objectsmore

AEC objects are custom objects used in applications like AutoCAD Architecture to represent items like doors, windows, walls, etc. When these drawings are opened in AutoCAD these objects are called proxy objects and a warning box is displayed. See CCAD's free tutorial to learn how to manage these AEC objects.

Layer Properties Managermore

The Layer Properties Manager can be displayed as a Palette or a Window. You can choose which Columns are displayed as well as the order.

Watch this free video tutorial to see all the display options for the Layer Properties Manager.

Creating Custom Linetypesmore

Linetypes can be defined manually by editing or creating a .lin file using a text editor like notepad or the visual lisp editor that is included with AutoCAD. However, the Express Tools command MKLTYPE lets you create a linetype simply by drawing a pattern of dashes, dots, text and shapes. This video illustrates how to use the MKLTYPE command to create your own custom linetypes.

Showing a Round Hole on an Angled Surfacemore

If you draw holes or cylindrical shapes on angled surfaces you'll appreciate the Rotation option of the Ellipse command. This video illustrates how to use the Ellipse command and the Rotation option to represent a hole through an angled surface of a part.

Creating Viewportsmore

Viewports are a special bounded area on a layout used to display model geometry on a layout. Viewports allow you to display different areas of your design at different scales. Viewports can be created using a variety of methods. This FREE video tutorial demonstrates how viewports are created and edited in AutoCAD.

Adding Tolerances to Dimensionsmore

Drawings of parts usually include information regarding the allowable manufacturing tolerances. Most tolerances are specified in a note in the title block. However, features that require a more or less strict tolerance are specified along with the dimension. This FREE video tutorial demonstrates how tolerances are applied to dimensions and formatted in AutoCAD.

Hiding Objects, Not Layersmore

Layers can be turned off and on or frozen and thawed. But what if you want to hide certain objects, not an entire layer? This FREE tutorial shows you how to add hide objects in your drawing.

Managing Layer Statusmore

Layers can be turned off and on, frozen and thawed, locked and unlocked using the Layer Control. This FREE tutorial shows you how to manage layers in your drawing.

Adding Characters to Dimension Text and Creating a Double-Click Actionmore

Beginning with AutoCAD 2012 double-clicking on a dimension object launches the TEXTEDIT command, which is different from previous versions. This FREE video demonstrates how to add characters to dimension text and change the double-click action for objects in the CUI file.

Command Aliases in AutoCAD 2012more

A command alias is typically a one, two or three letter series of characters linked to a command. Here is a chart that lists the command aliases included with AutoCAD 2012.

Selecting Multiple Objectsmore

Having trouble selecting objects? When you select additional objects are the previously chosen objects unselected? This FREE tutorial demonstrates how to customize selection behaviors using the PICKADD command.

AutoCAD Palettesmore

AutoCAD includes several palette windows, also called utility windows or floating palettes, that provide access to several commands, tools or information about a particular function. A dialog box is another type of window that gathers information for a specific command. You cannot continue until the dialog box has been closed. This FREE video tutorial demonstrates how to display, move, size and position AutoCAD Palettes.

AutoCAD 2013 Commandline Enhancementsmore

The commandline acquired a new look and feel in AutoCAD 2013. It initially appears as a semi-transparent, single-line palette at the bottom of the drawing area. Watch this FREE video to learn about these enhancements!

Shortcut Keysmore

AutoCAD includes many shortcut keys. See CCAD's Shortcut Key reference page to learn the operation of the Function Keys, the Control+Number Keys and the Accelerator Keys.

Command Alias Shortcutsmore

Alias shortcuts are predefined key strokes for commands. For example, to use the shortcut for ARC type A and then ENTER. Refer to CCAD's handy reference chart to save time and keystrokes when using your favorite commands!

Using and Controlling the Mouse Wheelmore

The wheel on your mouse performs all sorts of timesaving functions: zoom in/out, zoom extents, pan and orbit. It can be configured as a button that displays the OSNAP menu. The behavior of the wheel is controlled by three system variables: ZOOMWHEEL, ZOOMFACTOR and MBUTTONPAN. Watch this video to explore all the functions of the wheel and how to control it.


AutoCAD 2012 added a new feature called AUTOCOMPLETE. Entering a command or system variable at the Command prompt is assisted with several features that list or complete the commands and system variables as they are being typed. The AUTOCOMPLETE command controls which of the features are turned on.

Changing the Case of Textmore

The Change Case (TCASE) command on the Express Tools Tab or menu includes several options to change the case of text characters. Text, mtext and attribute values may be changed.

Rotating Textmore

The Rotate Text (TORIENT) command on the Express Tools Tab or menu rotates text, mtext and attributes using the Insert point as the base point of rotation.

Tool Tipsmore

Tool Tips, Extended Tool Tips and Rollover Tool Tips are abbreviated help messages displayed when you pause over a button, icon or menu selection. When and how these bubbles or balloons appear are controlled in the OPTIONS command.

Auto Number and Convert to Mtextmore

Watch our new video to learn how to add a numeric incrementing prefix or suffix to text and convert single line text to multiline text using Auto Number and Convert to Mtext.

The Breakline Symbolmore

Learn how to add and customize a breakline symbol with this CCAD tutorial video.

Creating Custom Hatch Patternsmore

AutoCAD includes numerous hatch patterns, but sometimes a custom pattern is required. These three tutorials cover creating hatch patterns for ceiling grids and floor tiles using Continuous Line, Dashed Line and Delta‑X Offset Pattern Lines.

Learn about the new Group features in AutoCAD 2012more

Groups have existed in AutoCAD but there are several new features in AutoCAD 2012. Learn about them and practice with this new tutorial!

Saving to Older AutoCAD formatsmore

If you share your AutoCAD drawings with others you may need to save your drawings in an older format. See this quick tip to learn more.

Workspaces and Profilesmore

Workspaces and Profiles contain settings and preferences regarding your working environment. Which settings are stored in Workspaces and which ones in Profiles? Can Workspaces and Profiles be saved in case my computer crashes? Can Workspaces and Profiles be transferred or imported to other computers? Watch the video to find out!

Exploring Associative Arraysmore

AutoCAD 2012 introduced several new wrinkles to creating patterns of objects, the associative array. One of the many features of an associative array is the ability to modify the pattern long after the command is finished.

Speed up Object Creation with Add Selected and Select Similarmore

Select an object, right-click and choose Add Selected to launch the command used to create the selected object. The new object(s) inherit the general properties of the selected object and special properties of certain objects. The Select Similar command lets you quickly choose objects with the properties of a select object.

Editing Using Multifunctional Grips

You can manipulate objects via commands like MOVE, COPY, STRETCH, etc. or use a grip editing mode. Select an object and blue boxes called GRIPS appear at significant locations on the object. Think of GRIPS as handles that control the size and location of an object. To activate a GRIP just select one of the blue GRIP boxes (cold GRIP). The GRIP turns red (hot GRIP) and you can STRETCH the object. Press ENTER or SPACE and cycle to the MOVE, ROTATE, SCALE and MIRROR modes. Make sure to press ESC when finished with the grip editing mode to unselect the object.

AutoCAD 2012 introduced multi-functional GRIPS. For many objects, when you hover over a GRIP a menu is displayed. The menu is object specific and sometimes GRIP specific. You can select the editing option from the initial menu or press CTRL to cycle through the options at any time during the GRIP editing process.

Check out our three new tutorials on how to edit lines, circles and linear dimensions using multifunctional grips.

Drawing Background Colorsmore

The drawing background color, as well as a host of other screen elements colors, is controlled using the OPTIONS command. This tutorial contains a video to show you how to customize your drawing environment.

ANSI Hatch Patternsmore

Ever have trouble remembering which hatch pattern to use for Steel, Brass or Aluminum? Check out our quick reference image.

Using the @ Symbolmore

The @ symbol can be used to input the "last point" in response to any prompt that requests a point value. When combined with a Cartesian or polar coordinate, the @ symbol produces a point value relative (measured from) the "last point".

Managing Units and Measurements  more

“Prior to starting my drawing, I set the units to feet in the decimal format. I would just like to have the "feet" symbol in all of my dimensions, but do not know how to do it. I tried switching to engineering mode and it converted everything to inches.”

There are a couple of common misconceptions related to the UNITS command.

Wildcard Patternsmore

Wildcards are used to specify a list of names, like layer names and block names. Most AutoCAD users are familiar with the typical wildcards used, * (asterisk) and ? (question). For instance, if you want to turn on all the layers in the drawing, select the LAYER command (-Layer in 2000), then the ON option. Type * to specify all layers to be turned on.

Using Fence to Select Objectsmore

Many AutoCAD commands prompt you to Select objects. AutoCAD provides several different methods of selecting objects. Most of the time you probably select objects for commands like Move, Copy, and Erase by picking them individually or with a Window Box or a Crossing Box.

One of the other methods of selecting objects is with a Fence. A fence is like an open crossing box, it selects the objects touched by the fence. Unlike the crossing box, the fence does not enclose objects, so even if you surround a group of objects with a fence, they will not be selected.

Entering Coordinates with Direct Distance Entrymore

A simplified method of entering coordinates when the distance and direction from the last point are known is called Direct Distance Entry. In a nutshell, Direct Distance Entry eliminates the need for most keyboard entry of coordinates. Direct Distance Entry can be used anytime a command prompts for a point.

Object Snap Trackingmore

AutoCAD has several Object Snap features to help you draw better and faster. One of the new features is tracking. Tracking is an object snap enhancement that allows you to build a new point.

Rotate with a Reference Optionmore

Often when assembling parts it is necessary to rotate one component to mate with another. When rotating parts in this situation, the rotation is frequently unknown. This tutorial will teach you how to rotate an object to mate with another.

Recovering From Disastermore

First, let's narrow the field a bit and define disaster from an AutoCAD user's point of view.

In this tutorial I'll show you how to cope with these AutoCAD disasters. In some cases you'll have to prepare in advance.

Quick Dimensionsmore

One of the features of AutoCAD that I believe is a great time saver is Quick Dimensions. Quick Dimensions allows you to select a group of objects and automatically apply baseline, continuous, staggered, ordinate, radius or diameter dimensions. Although the dimensions often need to be tweaked a little, this promises to be a popular feature.