Wednesday, October 12, 2005

SNAP & GRID turn off's

One of the annoying features I hear from ADT users is that every time they start a new drawing or open a drawing SNAP and GRID are turned on. It's not a big deal to depress the SNAP and GRID buttons along your status bar, but I agree it gets old after a while. AutoCAD users don't have that problem and actually not that many people that I know of use those tools anymore.

The real answer is really very simple. Open your template file. If you don't know what template loads when you begin a new drawing, go to your Options dialog box. You can get to this from the Format pulldown menu, by typing Options, or as a short cut, but right clicking in your command line and choosing Options.

From the Files tab, scroll down until you find Template Settings. Under Template Settings, you'll see Default Template File Name for QNEW. You can set this to be whatever template you want, but if it's already set (it's NONE by default) simply notice which template it is.

Also under Template Settings is the folder where ADT looks for the templates. Again, this is just a pointer so you can point this wherever your company templates might be located. When you choose to open a template, this is the folder that will be shown in your Open dialog box.

How do you open a template? A template is just a drawing with a .dwt extension. So when you choose Open in the same manner that you would open a drawing, change the File Type to Drawing Template (*.dwt).

Make any settings that you want to be permanent with every drawing you begin. This will have no effect on existing drawings, but only new drawings started with that template. Add your titleblock if you like or layout tabs or set options. This is a great place to add named page setups (one of my favorite short cuts).

But back to our original topic, if you turn SNAP and GRID off in this template drawing, then every new drawing you start will no longer have it on. You can either turn them off on the status bar or type SNAPMODE or GRIDMODE and set each to zero (0) for off.

Then save and close your template in the same manner you would a drawing. Be aware that the next time you open a drawing you will have your file type set to .dwt and will need to change it back to .dwg.

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