Monday, April 7, 2008

AutoCAD 2009 – Like it? Then PIN it

AutoCAD 2009 now has a PIN feature in almost every dialog box there is (keyword – almost). What do I mean by PIN you ask? Great question. In this instance, to PIN something, means to hold it in place in order to keep it visible. This is a process or feature that is popular in message boards on the Internet. Autodesk just brought it over into AutoCAD.

Two questions: How do I PIN something and how do I know if it can be pinned? You guys (and gals) really ask great questions. My readers are the smartest readers on the net. I mean that. If something can be pinned, there will be an icon in that objects dialog box that looks like a pushpin. See image at the left:

In order to pin it, just click the PIN looking icon. To “UN”-pin it, click the icon again. Very simple.

If you want a file to stay listed in your menu-browser, just pin it. This is real nice when you are working on a particular file over and over again. Some dialog boxes will collapse, or partially collapse, but you can pin many of them opened. The Action Recorder is like this. Pin it open to see more of the recorded actions that were recorded.

You can pin the Quick View Drawings, or Quick View Layout images to stay opened if you want to.

Look for the pin, if it see it and you want it, click it. If you get tired of it (whatever IT is) click the pushpin looking icon again to close the item. Very simple, just like I like it.

Happy CADDING

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