I am running AutoCAD 2002.
Just this afternoon, when I try to use the "save as" from the menu the
file box doesn't open up. All I get are the options on the command line.
Please help. I guess that some setting got messed up but have no idea
which one it was. I am used to looking at the box which shows the last
folder that I saved a file in and I want it back.
Thanks in advance,
Michael, you are a life saver. How in the heck did you know that command?
I figured that it was something like that (0 or 1) but could not find the
right command that did the trick.
Is there a web site that lists these commands for future reference? I have
a list that I have compiled but it did not include that one.
Again, you cannot imagine how happy I am to get this straightened out. Many
Thanks, you are my hero. Now I can only wonder how it got changed because I
did nothing out of the ordinary.
CMDDIA and ATTDIA are two more handy ones to remember. If an AutoCAD
routine abends, it may switch one or more of these settings off also.
Actually surprised you have not run into this already as it is one of
the most often asked questions.
In two years, this is the first time that I have run into this problem. The
only other problem that has come up is when the crosshairs get stuck in a
"slanted" position and won't go back to 90 degrees. I suspect that this is
another instance of a setting that can be fixed from the command line. It
happens when I am dimensioning on an angle and it somehow doesn't reset. I
must admit that my solution for the crosshairs thing has been to copy the
drawing over onto a new sheet. Not pretty, but it works. :o)
I did find a web site that has a lot of information on system variables and
there is a pdf file to download with the information. It can be found here:
for anyone who is
I would still have to go through the entire list to try to find the right
setting, though, so I do appreciated the help from this group.
I just opened the HELP file for AutoCad and searched for "dialog box" to
find the answer. I have had it happen to me a couple of times over the
years but not enough to have memorized the solution. FWIW, if you're not
familiar with the AutoCads HELP file I recommend taking a look at it,
there's a ton of info in there that can help with most questions.
Glad you're "back to normal"!
-At least I'm someone's hero!
Thanks Paul. I put that in my file for future reference.
After two years of running AutoCAD, it is probably amazing that I have not
run into more things going wrong. Maybe I have been lucky. :o)
I looked through the help file but to use the help file effectively you must
know the proper name or be able to describe the annoyance using the proper
term. I didn't have enough experience to know that I was missing a "dialog
box". Sad isn't it? This is probably what happens when you are "self
taught". It appears that my knowledge of AutoCAD is mirroring my knowledge
of XP. I learn what I need to survive and consequently my knowledge base
has these gaping holes in it. :o)
I did notice that someone else asked the same question to this group (worded
differently of course) not long after I did. It does appear to be a common
problem that I escaped by sheer luck for the last two years.
People, such as yourself, have contributed greatly to my education. Once I
have the answer, I won't ask that particular question again. Unfortunately,
there always seem to be additional questions.
I'm pretty fussy (to put it politely) about people getting to know, and then
using the correct terms for things, and this is exactly why. You can't have
an intelligent exchange if you say potato but really mean tomato. I
recommend adopting the language in the help as much as possible to help make
the help more helpful, and to help you get good answers quickly from your
buddies at alt.cad.autocad.
I can understand why somebody not using the proper terms could be extremely
annoying. In my defense, I am self employed and could not take the time to
learn the software like I should. I literally got it on a Friday and started
making drawings about a week later. I cannot afford to pay $900 for a
course or take the time out to go to a class since my livelihood depends on
production. This causes you to learn what you need and then panic when
something goes wrong. :o) I gain knowledge when I have to do something
different or when something goes haywire.
I have, from time to time, used some of the courses that you can find online
and hope to learn more as time goes by. When I went to school, drafting was
done on a table with a T-square. Everyone who learned AutoCAD in school, or
at a large company that gave them time to explore the software, is extremely
I agree with Carolyn, and learned cadd by reading books and by trial and
error (lots and lots of trial and error). I have several books on Cadd but
my favorite is "Autocad 2000 instant reference" by Sybex. I find it very
It's not so much annoying as frustrating. Much time is spent trying to
figure out what the other person means, instead of fixing the problem. As
for being self-taught, most of us are in the same boat. I learned from a
book. Perhaps that forced me to focus on the printed word, and therefore the
Between deadlines, there are many opportunities buried in everyday use of
the application. Ever have some command in some situation not work the way
you expect? Ever move on to using another method without understanding why
the first one didn't work? That's a missed opportunity. Take the time, when
you can, to understand what you were doing wrong, which is the case 19 times
out of 20, instead of assuming something else is at fault. The software is
not perfect, but it's pretty good. (Better than most operators.)
Indeed. You have to make the most of the opportunities presented to you. I
had to teach myself the rudiments, after having demonstrated some skill on
another platform, before someone would pay me to draw on acad.
I used to keep a concise command reference at hand too. After you get to
know the terrain, the help tells all.
I used to pester the cad "experts" who were willing to waste their time on
me, until I knew everything they knew. I now use the net the same way.
I think the biggest difference between the current generation of
"self-taught" AutoCAD users and those of us who were using it in the days of
1.x is that in those days Autodesk supplied the software along with
literally *volumes* of printed documentation. Self-teaching with
documentation written by the software provider gave us the advantage of
getting all of the proper terminology directly from the, er, experts at
Further, among those docs were very comprehensive LISP and Customization
manuals, complete with tutorial exercises. Anyone with moderate reading
comprehension could learn not only AutoCAD, but how to do some pretty
sophisticated customization as well. Alas, the days of printed documentation
are long gone, and not just at Autodesk.
I still have a two-inch thick, hard-covered R12 manual under my thermal fax
machine to keep the curly bits from clogging up the machine...
The online help is a bit harder to read, I'll grant you, but you can still
get by with it. I Didn't take on any customization until r14, and got that
all from a screen, and these newsgroups.