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Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

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08-19-2010 07:56 AM

Just got AutoCAD 2010, its not bad but has a issue that bugs me.

 

If i have one file open, and go to my desktop (or any folder) and double click a file to open it... it opens the new drawing in another instance of AutoCAD.  Id rather have it open in the same instance to ease of use and so it wont tie up mulitiple network licenses.

 

Can someone help?

In Windows Explorer select Tools then Folder Options. On the File Types tab find DWG in the list and make sure it is set to open with AutoCAD DWG Launcher and not acad.exe

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Re: Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

08-19-2010 08:06 AM in reply to: uncisbest

Instead of going to desktop, use yellow folder on menubar to open more dwgs.

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Re: Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

08-19-2010 08:12 AM in reply to: uncisbest

no, id rather not do it that way.  I get DWGs emailed to me and i would rather double click inside of Outlook instead of saving it somewhere then going into AutoCAD and finding it thru the open command.

 

AutoCAD 2009 would let me do it the way i want to...

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Re: Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

08-19-2010 09:31 AM in reply to: uncisbest

Is your SDI system variable set to 0?

Is your Taskbar system variable set to 0?

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Re: Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

08-19-2010 11:14 AM in reply to: Johneng

im not really sure what those are. haha

But ill try to find them and look em up.

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Re: Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

08-19-2010 11:37 AM in reply to: uncisbest

Keep in mind some third party software will change your settings to disallow opening more than one file per instance of autocad and will either close the existing drawing before opening the intended drawing, or open another instance.

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Re: Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

08-19-2010 11:45 AM in reply to: uncisbest

Type SDI then enter on the command line you should get the following command line response. Enter new value for SDI <0>:   If your value is <1> type in 0 and then hit enter.

 

do the same with taskbar. Type in TASKBAR then enter on the command line you should get the follwoing command line response.  Enter new value for Taskbar <0>:  If your value is <1> type in 0 and then hit enter.

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Re: Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

08-19-2010 01:21 PM in reply to: Johneng

Ok i set everything to 0 and it still opens multiple ACAD applications.

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Re: Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

08-20-2010 03:48 AM in reply to: uncisbest

In Windows Explorer select Tools then Folder Options. On the File Types tab find DWG in the list and make sure it is set to open with AutoCAD DWG Launcher and not acad.exe

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Re: Opening multiple DWGS, always opens a new application

08-20-2010 05:37 AM in reply to: M_Hensley

Thank you very much M Hensley, that fixed it!

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