Is there a master on off switch for changing units?
I know how to change units normally in AutoCad.
I have went into format, units, change to MM and back to inches. The problem is it does not effect the active window.
Playing around in the utilities and other background formatting areas , somehow I must have disabled this command. Please someone help!!!
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So when you are saying you could do this or that before, you were referring to a program other than AutoCAD? In AutoCAD you set up your units before you start drawing. If you wish for an object that was drawn in Imperial units to also indicate Metric, you can create a dimension style that will show the converted units or even both, such as inches and mm...
Other than that, if you can post your issues more specifically and in more detail, someone is likely to have some helpful advice on how to do the same thing in AutoCAD
have you looked into this command to see if it does what you wish?
I tried this and alas the same results. It looks like it accepted the change on the drop down bow, however no affect on the active window.
I can display alternate units with a scale factor of either .03937 or 25.4 and the alternate units show in mm scale. However input is always inches no matter waht
You say units will not change. How do you know they haven't changed? 1 unit in a drawing can be anything you want it to, so I am wondering what you are looking at to say it hasn't changed.
Are you looking at a dimension? Did everything scale up by 25.4 when you changed your units from inches to millimeters? Do you have a suffix hard coded on your dimension style? Is the dimstyle set to Architectural instead of Decimal which will show feet and inches no matter what the drawing units?
(Sorry, your drawing is a student drawing so I am not opening it to keep from possibly corrupting my system with the student version stamp.)
Are you READING what is labeled in the dialog box? It is the insertion units to be used for the drawing when you insert it into another dwg. Look up in the help INSUNITS, INSUNITSDEFSOURCE and INSUNITSDEFTARGET.
Change your units from the command prompt using the command -DWGUNITS (be sure and use the "-" before the command), the last option is whether to scale all the elements to the new scale.
Bottom line AutoCad is not like UG, Solidworks, Catia, even Mech Desktop, they all have the capabilities to change the actual drawing unit. In AutoCad apparently a unit is a unit no matter what you call it.
You can scale your drawing size to fit from inches to mm by sizing your drawing limits to fit the 25.4 difference and in the dimension area you can scale you numbers to print out what you want to see. When it comes to printing a drawing to scale/size is where it gets difficult. You have to calibrate the printer to your drawing
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