AutoCAD Tutorial

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 2005.

1. Download the following file: 2005_maximize_vp.dwg.

2. Open the drawing file. It shows a set of furniture [Figure 1].

Figure 1 - Click on image to enlarge.

3. Click the Presentation layout tab. The layout contains some floating viewports [Figure 2].

Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge.

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 enlarge.

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 enlarge.

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 space.

Figure 5 - Click on image to enlarge.

8. Click the Minimize Viewport button. The previous view of the Paper Space appears.

9. Either 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 maximized.

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.

11. Right-click 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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