Tour the User Interface — AutoCAD 2012

Uploaded by Autodesk on 07.03.2011

After startup, you’re presented with the application window and a single drawing window.
These make up the user interface. The drawing window contains the drawing area
which is the largest component of the user interface. This is where you create and modify
objects to represent your design. In the upper-left corner of the drawing area
are the Viewport label menus. Here you control the number of viewports, toggle the display
of the ViewCube tool, select a named or preset view, or select a visual style.
The ViewCube tool located in the upper-right corner of the drawing area allows you to rotate
the view of your drawing to see it from a different viewpoint.
Just above the ViewCube tool are the buttons to minimize, maximize, or close the drawing
window. Below the Viewcube tool is the Navigation
bar. The Naviagtion bar provides access to the Steering Wheel, Pan and Zoom tools and
other drawing navigation tools. Use the Menu button located in the lower-right corner to
customize the Navigation Bar. In the lower-left corner of the drawing window
are controls for navigating layouts. Layouts control which area of the drawing to publish,
and at which scale. Above the drawing window is the ribbon. The
ribbon organizes commands and tools into tabs and panels.
For example, the Draw panel on the Home tab contains tools used to create basic and complex
objects, such as lines, circles, and ellipses; while the Modify panel contains tools to modify
objects, such as Move, Copy, and Rotate. Use the Workspace control to change to a 3D
modeling workspace to create surface, mesh or solid models.
In the upper-left corner of the application window, is the application button.
Click the application button to create, open, or publish drawings, or to search for commands.
To the right of the application button is the Quick Access toolbar. The Quick Access
toolbar displays frequently used tools. You can easily customize this toolbar to include
the tools you most commonly use. In the upper-right corner of the application
window are the buttons to minimize, maximize, or close the application.
In the lower-left corner of the drawing area is the UCS icon which displays the positive
directions of the X, Y and Z axis. Below the drawing window is the command line.
Use the command line to start a command and provide input for the current command. Press
Enter after typing a command name or input. Dynamic input, which is enabled by default,
displays command prompts and input next to the cursor.
At the bottom of the application window is the application status bar. The status bar
displays the current coordinates of the cursor, common drafting aids, layout and view tools,
annotation scaling tools, and workspace customization tools.