ArchiTECH Tuesday: AutoCAD Layout & Viewport Tips

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Date: August 18, 2015

Tip #1 – Model Space / PaperSpace tabs – if you’ve been using AutoCAD for any length of time, you know that when you are familiar with a command routine or a project file the quickest way to navigate and issue commands is often via shortkeys and function keys.  Even though we have really cool visual navigation of model space and paperspace layouts via the File tabs featureimage001

The quickest way to get to the third paperspace layout tab from my currently active modelspace tab is to hold the “Ctrl” key and click on the “PGDN” key three times.

  • “Ctrl + PGDN” to Cycle from Model Space to Paper Space tabs.
  • “Ctrl + PGUP” to Cycle the opposite direction



Tip #2 – PaperSpace and Viewports
Now that you’ve identified and navigated to the correct paperspace layout, perhaps you’ve run into this issue?  You’ve got a couple of overlapping viewports and can’t seem to select the correct viewport.  Did you know that you can cycle through all the available viewports in a layout tab using the keyboard?  Again, the fastest way to access the correct viewport if double clicking inside the viewport doesn’t work is to use a keyboard shortcut.

  • To cycle through all the viewports in Paperspace one at a time, simply activate a viewport. Any viewport will do. Once the viewport is active (Hint: the boundary should be bold!), hold down the “CTRL” key and click the “R” key. Every click on the “R” key will advance the active viewport to a different viewport.
  • “Ctrl + R” to Cycle through and activate each viewport in turn.





By: Richard Binning, Director of BIM Technology; Check out his blog: Beside the Cursor;


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