Layout tab is the step to paper space.
Make a layer (e.g. VIEWPORTS so you can turn it off so it will not plot later)
Command MVIEW, make a view port.
When it's activated, either zoom xp or go to bottom of the screen and look for VP Scale, that is where you set scale.
Arrange your models and dimensioning them.
Get out of the viewport by using double clicks outside the viewport or use command Pspace.
Turn off the VIEWPORTS layer.
Draw your sheet size and Title block.
Plot your drawing.
... and lock the viewport.
Your skills are rusty? It seems you know nothing of AutoCAD at all.
Whenever you create a new viewport it will always start at the same basic view and it's up to you to rotate, zoom/pan and scale to your needs. Now if you copied the viewport it will keep the same scale and view you copied from and again you must rotate, pan/zoom and scale to your needs.
Thank you DJ When I make a viewport in layout tab it duplicates the drawing so one drawing(the same drawing) is a little offset from the other. What am I doing wrong? Thanks Bruce
Check this quickie setup out.
See the attachment
Ya just gotta take a class, bud.
Or, once you are at the office have another AutoCAD user walk you through it. Some things are much better shown in person.
As previously suggested a class is what you need...you can get a series of half day classes...you may only need 3 or 4 that would take you though the fundamentals....wow...good luck with the new job...i wouldnt want to start a position with your limited amount of knowledge/skills.
I know a class would help a great deal but that isn't an option for me right now. I hope start a job using ACAD in a few weeks, my skills are rusty so I'm practicing on the 30 day demo release 2013. Through you help so far, I understand drawing in model space and using layout to prepare to plot. Would you please walk me through this? Thank you, Bruce
Unless I missed something - I still don't see where you have attached the file of what you have completed so far.
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