Currently when I open up multiple drawings (opening them up one at a time) they all appear in the same window (one instance) of AutoCAD.
I want each drawing to open in separate instances so I can view them on separate monitors (and close one without being asked to close them all).
I have tried changing the SDI system variable from 0 and 1 (and vise-versa)
I have tried changing the windows default program from AutoCAD Application to AutoCAD Launcher (and vise-versa)
I have set the TASKBAR system variable at both 0 and 1 (and vise-versa)
AutoCAD LT 2012
Thank you for your help!
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Unfortunately i cannot help you but i can reveal that i had opposite problem in my previous Acad LT version, 2009. I.e. when i opened files outside from Acad they were each opened in separate Acad. Now this is "fixed" and after update to 2012 version, all are opened in same Acad.
I tried to solve that issue but i wasnt successfull. After Acad update it just changed.
You will need tos tart each instance of AutoCAD first, then open a file.
Or assign the DWG file type in Windows Explorer to the ACADLT.EXE file and not the ACLAUNCHER.EXE file (opposite of what the other fellow's problem/fix was) and only ever open open files in Windows Explorer works for some but not all users.
Realize you will spend a lot of time moving application Windows around.
An alternate option is to span AutoCAD/LT across both screens then stagger the DWG Windows inside it to display side-by-side, then only use OPEN command to open files. Creating a quick button to display side-by-side would be an option with this method.
I have set the Windows Explorer application to acadlt.exe (once selected it is displayed in the windows "chose file" as AutoCAD LT Application).
Having selected this option, however, this does not allow me to open mulitple instances of AutoCAD. I have tried expanding the AutoCAD window across both desk tops, but find this arrangement complex and difficult to manage.
My previous version of AutoCAD LT 2010 was able to open multiple intsances and I would like to revert back to that option if possible.
Thak you, Charles!
This seems to have worked!!
A little thing that seems inconsequential (but a pain in the a$$) is that now a *third* AutoCAD drawing opening up now simultaneously with the drawing I click to open. This drawing assigns itself a new name called "Drawing 1."
This drawing is a useless balnk template that I don't want being created every time I open a drawing. Is there any way I can stop this new drawing from being created?
OPTIONS, Files tab, Template Settings, Drawing Template File Location: Remove the entry here if it points to a file.
And read up on FILEDIA
2 may be what you seek as well.
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Did you edit your last post from yesterday? The answer I left makes no sense to what you now have posted there. The previous asked why SDI was not allowed to be set when two drawings were open not what you have now.
Another item to remember is that now eveytime you open a drawing a new session of AutoCAD will start. You need to close AutoCAD and not the Drawing when you want to Open a new drawing and remain at two sessions
I am still getting the "dummy" instance of AutoCAd still opneing up - a drawing called "drawing 1".
I set the TASKBAR to 2, SDI to 1, and STARTUP to 2.
Thanks for your help!
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