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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Open and Save Settings

By Alireza Parsai, May 5, 2003

The Open and Save tab in Options dialog box consists of a few useful tools and options. Let's check out some of them.

1. Invoke OPTIONS.

2. Select Open and Save tab [Figure 1].

Figure 1 - Click on image to enlarge

3. In Minutes between saves box, type 40. An automatic saved version of the drawing files will be created every 40 minutes. The SAVEFILEPATH system variable specifies the location of automatic created files.

4. In edit box of File Open section, type 8.

5. Click Apply. From now on you will see up to 8 recently opened files in the File menu.

6. In File Safety Precautions section, click Security Options. The Security Options dialog box appears [Figure 2].

Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge

7. In Digital Signature tab you can select "Attach digital signature after saving drawing" to attach a digital signature to the current drawing file.

Note: For more information about digital signatures read the following article: AutoCAD 2004: Digitally Sign Your Drawing.

8. Click Password tab [Figure 3]. Here you can assign a password to the current drawing file. You can disable this feature as it can put you into trouble. If you forget the password you will not be able to open the drawing file. To learn how to disable the password protection feature refer to the following link:

Figure 3 - Click on image to enlarge

9. Click Cancel.

10. In Options dialog box click OK.

About the Author

Alireza Parsai is the founder of He is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the AutoCAD consultant for Al Khawarizmi Institute, a contributing editor for Augiworld magazine, a writer for CAD Digest, an instructor for AUGI Training Program, and an elected speaker for Autodesk University 2002. He has written 7 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in English, and more than 30 articles for different magazines and newsletters. You can reach him at or visit his website

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