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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Creating and Viewing Slides

By Alireza Parsai, June 4, 2003

AutoCAD is capable to create slides. The slides that you create in AutoCAD can be viewed in AutoCAD environment. You may also use them in your custom dialog boxes.

1. Download R16 - Slides.dwg.

Note:  If you are using an earlier release of AutoCAD download
R15 - Slides.dwg.

2. Open the drawing in AutoCAD [Figure 1].

Figure 1 - Click on image to enlarge

3. In command line type MSLIDE and then press Enter. The Create Slide File dialog box appears [Figure 2].

Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge

4. Specify a proper location for the slide file (e.g. My Documents).

5. In File name box enter "sample".

6. Click Save. The sample.sld will be created.

7. Start a new drawing.

8. In command line enter VSLIDE and then press Enter. The Select Slide File dialog box appears [Figure 3].

Figure 3 - Click on image to enlarge

9. Locate the sample.sld.

10. Click Open. The slide appears in AutoCAD drawing environment [Figure 4].

Figure 4 - Click on image to enlarge

11. From View menu select Regen. The slide disappears.

Note: To use the command line version of MSLIDE and VSLIDE alter the FILEDIA system variable to 0.

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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