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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Template Files

By Alireza Parsai, May 9, 2003

Template files are special types of drawing files with pre-established settings for creating new drawings. To differentiate with normal drawing files they hold DWT as file name extension.

1. Invoke OPTIONS command.

2. Select System tab [Figure 1].

Figure 1 - Click on image to enlarge

3. In Startup drop down list select "Do not show a startup dialog" [Figure 2].

Figure 2

4. Select Files tab.

5. Click the + sign beside Drawing Template Settings, and then click the + sign beside Default Template File Name for QNew [Figure 3].

Figure 3

6. Select None.

7. Click Browse button. A dialog box appears that contains available template files [Figure 4].

Figure 4

8. Select acad.dwt from the list, and then click Open. The acad.dwt template file will be used as the template file for QNew command.

9. In Options dialog box, click OK.

10. In Standard toolbar, click the QNew button. A new drawing file based on acad.dwt will be created.

11. Let's create a template file. At first we should do some settings. Invoke LAYER command.

12. Create 3 new layers based on figure 5.

Figure 5

13. Make Solid lines the current layer.

14. Click OK.

15. Invoke UNITS command.

16. Select Architectural units from the list.

17. Set the precision for angle measurement to 1 decimal place [Figure 6].

Figure 6

18. Click OK.

19. Enable Snap and Grid.

20. Invoke Zoom-All.

21. Invoke SAVEAS command.

22. In Files of type list, select AutoCAD Drawing Template [Figure 7].

Figure 7

23. In File Name field, type Custom.

24. Click Save.

25. In Description field, replace the text with Architectural [Figure 8].

Figure 8

26. Click OK.

27. Close the template file.

28. In File menu select New.

29. In the template list select Custom.dwt [Figure 9].

Figure 9

30. Click Open. A new drawing with all the settings of the template file is created.

About the Author

Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. 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 alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com

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