I have users that have both AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD 2010 on their workstations. We discovered that when you "double-click" on a drawing file to open AutoCAD - it defaults to the most current edition (2013).
My question is; can I set it up to default to the older one (2010)?
by default a double-click onto a DWG in Windows explorer initiates that AutoCAD-type/release that was previously opened.
If I don't know what version or type of AutoCAD I had previously started I first start the AutoCAD I want and then make the double click.
And last but not least you can assign the ACAD.EXE from 2010 to the extension ".DWG" in Windows (instead of the AcLauncher.exe (in Windows-Explorer right-click the DWG ==> "Open with" ==> ...). BTW: I would not prefer that way.
- alfred -
Windows remembers the last version you opened: it will always do so.
Either get in the habit of starting the program you want then use OPEN, or grab some freeware for Windows that will let you direct a DWG file to whichever program you want to use (like SENDTO toys I think one freeware is called).
Worth noting: if 2013 is an upgrade license to 2010, you are legally bound to uninstall 2010 sooner rather than later once you install and authorize 2013. Don't get caught with a licensing violation.
Thanks everyone for your input…
I have users that are just accustom to "double-clicking" a file and having the corresponding application open. Therefore, using "Sent To" would require a "Right-click" than selecting one of the preset choices.
I tried to make the change within the file association (we are using Windows 7). I can select Launcher or the current edition of AutoCAD (2013). I have to browse for the older CAD (2010) in order to make the selection. But it will not allow me to save my modification.
Thanks Dean for the mention...I am aware of the dilemma. In upgrading our CAD, it is causing headaches with third party applications we use (some work and some don't). We are in the process of resolving those problems while attempting to keep our CAD folks productive. Yes, I want to be the first to discourage a dual environment. In regards to my original question, it was my attempt to appease the group while we resolve our problems...
>> I can select Launcher or the current edition of AutoCAD (2013). I have to browse for the older CAD (2010)
>> in order to make the selection. But it will not allow me to save my modification.
What message do you get when you try to set the new assignment? Or can you click on OK and the next time you look into it it's again set to AcLauncher?
- alfred -
Can this be the result of user privileges on the machine or network? As in: the user does not have the write access to the AcLauncher and as such it gets stuck on the old install? This assuming that the AcLauncher settings are per user profile.
Note: we have a subscription and can have previous versions installed.
>> Can this be the result of user privileges on the machine or network?
If you have any troubles thinking about user permissions as reason then try to give this user (for a test period) local admin-rights and see if these issues are solved then.
At least, yes, it may be that user restrictions limits the functionality of AcLauncher, but I don't think that the remembering of the last started version of AutoCAD is stored in the directory of AcLauncher, imho it's stored in the registry (but I'm not really sure about that, have not searched for that).
- alfred -
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