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Autodesk Community Tips are bite-sized fixes, shortcuts, advice, and how-to tips shared by Community members.

Autodesk Community Tips is your place to share bite-sized how-to tips, shortcuts, and advice with the Community.

It’s a living library of quick and accessible nuggets of software knowledge – including technical insights, handy tools, timesavers, and favorite tricks. Join in and start sharing what you know and help others, start discussions, and make connections.

Keep reading to learn more about Community Tips and how you can get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of becoming a Community Tips author?

Share your knowledge and experience with the Community.

Build your public profile.

Grow your network.

Build your Community Rank.

Earn Community Badges and Rewards.

Who can contribute to Community Tips?

All members of Autodesk Community are welcome to sign up and start submitting tips on Autodesk products.

All Tips go through a technical check as part of the moderation process and will be subject to approval from the community team before publishing.

How do I become a Community Tips contributor?

Before submitting, review the Frequently asked questions and Guidelines for contributors on this page.

Simply click “Share your knowledge” and follow the steps to submit a Tip for moderation.

What is expected of Community Tips contributors?

Interact with the Autodesk Community Tips moderators as needed.

Ensure your posts are in line with the guidelines published on this page.

Promote your Community Tips posts through your personal social channels. Use the hashtag #AutodeskCommunityTips.

Guidelines for contributors

How to get started

Autodesk Community Tips is your place to share bite-sized how-to tips, shortcuts, and advice with the Community. Here are a few suggestions for topics you might cover.

  • Autodesk Community Tips is intended for bite-sized technical content. Tips should be no longer than 250 words or under 1 minute 30 seconds in reading time.
  • Tips should be quick, accessible, easy to understand, and accurate. Your posts should follow the format of how to-tips, shortcuts, hints, or advice.
  • Posts can address any technical aspect of the Autodesk software portfolio, including insights, handy tools, timesavers, and your favorite tricks.
  • Longer workflows with multiple steps or detailed stories should be posted on the Community Voices blog, which is intended for more in-depth content.
Best practices for writing & submitting tips

Ensure your tips make an impact. Follow these guidelines on composing your tips and learn what to include.

  • Tips posts can include short text, images, annotated images, video clips, or a combination. If you’re unsure of how to share video content, check out the Video User Guide.
  • You must ensure that you have permission to post images or video that you include in your posts. Ensure you have permission to use any images that you do include. If in doubt, stick to using images with Creative Commons license, which are widely available on sites including Google Images, Wikimedia Commons, Flickr, and many others.
  • Tips posts may be one-off tips or form a series of related tips. Tips posts can be paired with Community Conversations webinars and/or Community Voices blog posts.
  • Get a peer review by asking a friend or colleague to review your post and give feedback can help make sure your post has the impact you want.
  • Posts cannot contain advertising or promotion of external organizations, products, or services.
Best practices for submitting tips

For your tips to gain the most impact, follow these guidelines before submitting.

  • Choose labels that will help community members find, filter, and categorize your content. For example, if your tip is related to dimensioning, then select the Dimension & Annotation label.
  • Add teaser text to clearly identify the content of your tip. This teaser text is used if your tip is featured on the page.
  • Add a cover photo. Autodesk may edit cover photos to suit the content and or site theme. This cover will act as the tip thumbnail and will be the first thing a person will see and is most used to grab viewers' attention and build curiosity and should be set to achieve the following:
    • Effectively relay the content of your Community Tip.
    • Be compelling enough to encourage the viewer to click and read the content.
    • Differentiate your tips from others, causing them to stand out above the crowd.
Style guide

Making your tips accessible, clear, and appealing is essential. Learn the techniques that will help your tips stand out and make a difference for the Community.

  • Use clear and descriptive titles:
    • Keep it simple and be specific: the most important thing is to make sure that people know exactly what your post is about. “How I created character rigs in Maya” is more compelling than “Rig time”.
    • Include the product, feature, or topic you’re focusing on in the title.
    • Avoid using exclamation points, ellipses, or periods at the end of your title.
    • Write your title in sentence case: “How I created character rigs in Maya” not “How I Created Character Rigs in Maya”.
  • Make the most of the teaser:
    • Keep it short: Write 1-2 sentences that summarize what your post is about.
    • Tell readers more about what they’ll get out of reading your post: what challenge are you solving? Which feature are you tackling? Which issue are you covering? What takeaways will readers get from your post?
    • Include the ability level(s) that the post is best suited to (if relevant), such as beginner; intermediate; advanced; a combination; or all levels.
  • Make your content accessible:
    • Give your posts maximum impact by avoiding using jargon without explaining the meaning.
    • Spell out acronyms the first time you use them.
    • Be inclusive in the words and terms you use. Think globally, and if you’re unsure about a term, it’s best to use something else.
  • Check spelling and grammar:
    • Use a tool like Grammarly or even Word before posting. Reading aloud also helps to spot mistakes. Having a friend or colleague review your post and give feedback is helpful too.
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  I was inspired by @shelby_l_smith and her recent post about the CHSPACE command, found here: https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/autodesk-community-tips-autocad/little-bits-change-space/tac-p/11701994#M92, and wanted to highlight another one of my favorite time-saving commands.   NCOPY, or Copy Nested Objects, is found under the Express Tools > Blocks menu section or by entering "NCOPY" at the command line.   NCOPY magically pulls objects through an xref, block, or DGN underlay. You don't have to open the xref or explode the block to make select linework active in your drawing. You also don't modify the source drawing or block. An example I often use is the NCOPY command to bring a property line or utility from a received TOPO file into our site file. We may have scaled the TOPO from Ground to Grid and then need to maintain that scale in the design drawings that we produce and show that linework, even when the TOPO is unloaded.   Another example is when I am constructing an existing surface from Points and feature lines. I copy the most obvious linework from a TOPO file but will always need to bring in other lines as the surface is refined quickly. I can NCOPY the lines directly from the TOPO xref, as I am working on the surface, without switching back and forth between drawings.   There are more things that NCOPY can do, and you can read about them in the official help article here: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/2020/ENU/AutoCAD-Core/files/GUID-12FCCFDF-9B3B-48D0-AC46-DF1D3519B0E5-htm.html    NCOPY is a core command, along with CHSPACE, that I teach and highlight as often as possible. It is one of those magic commands that elevates our CAD game and impresses your friends. 😉   I'd love to hear more examples of how everyone uses NCOPY in their discipline in the comments!   Thanks❣️
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If you are using the Area option for the Measure tool, did you know that with an extra right-click, there's an Object option?
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MASSPROP helps you get data like Mass, centroid, Area, etc.
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