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Part I: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics

Part I: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics


Quick Start Drawing a Window

Chapter 1: Starting to Draw

Chapter 2: Opening a Drawing

Chapter 3: Using Commands

Chapter 4: Specifying Coordinates

Chapter 5: Setting Up a Drawing

The six chapters in Part I provide all of the basics that you need to know to start drawing in AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. These chapters are essential for the beginner, but even current users can find some new tips and pointers especially related to features that are new to AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008. The Quick Start chapter is a beginner's tutorial to get you up and running immediately. You'll draw a window and have the opportunity to use many of the 2D features of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. This tutorial will provide a firm basis for the knowledge in the rest of this book.

Chapter 1 introduces you to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT and surveys the main screen, including the menus, toolbars, command line, and status bar. You'll learn how to launch the program, execute a command in a variety of ways, save a drawing, close a drawing, and exit the program. Chapter 2 explains how to create and open drawings. Chapter 3 covers the many ways to use commands, while Chapter 4 discusses how to specify coordinates. Chapter 5 concludes Part I with an explanation of how to set up a drawing.

If you feel that you know enough to skip to Part II, skim this part for New Feature icons to find out about the latest developments in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.


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