AutoCAD 2005: Maximizing a Floating Viewport
May 26, 2004
An interesting feature of AutoCAD 2005 that is
discussed rarely is the Maximize Viewport button in layouts. The
following tutorial demonstrates how to use this feature.
Note: This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD
1. Download the
2. Open the
drawing file. It shows a set of furniture [Figure 1].
Figure 1 - Click on image to
3. Click the
Presentation layout tab. The layout contains some floating
viewports [Figure 2].
Figure 2 - Click on image
4. Note that
there is a button on the status bar to maximize or minimize
floating viewports [Figure 3].
Figure 3 - Click on image to
5. Select the
border of the viewport displaying the whole furniture set.
6. Click the
Maximize Viewport button. The content of the viewport fills the
drawing area [Figure 4].
Figure 4 - Click on image to
7. Note that
the Maximize Viewport button is replaced with Minimize Viewport
and the Model space is active within the current maximized
viewport [Figure 5]. Therefore if you make any changes to the
drawing it will affect the Model space content no the Paper
Figure 5 - Click on image to
8. Click the
Minimize Viewport button. The previous view of the Paper Space
select of double-click in the area of the viewport that displays
the plant only. Right-click. A shortcut menu appears. From the
shortcut menu select Maximize Viewport. The drawing becomes
10. Click the
one of the arrows on the left or right side of the Minimize
Viewport button. You can scroll through the floating viewport
and make them active one at a time.
in the drawing area. Select Minimize Viewport. The Paper space
view is restored. You could type VPMAX and VPMIN in command line
to maximize and minimize viewports, respectively.
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