Managing Layout Tabs in AutoCAD 2008

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If you have kept up with the new features packed within AutoCAD 2008 you have likely read a small novel worth of articles about Annotative Scaling. Now don’t get me wrong, Annotative Scaling is a really cool new feature, but lots of other smaller features have gone without a lot of fanfare. My firm is currently gearing up for our AutoCAD 2008 upgrade, and as a result I am now starting to pick up on these lesser known features packed within this latest release. One area that I was happy to see some enhancements was the way layout tabs can be managed. Admittedly these features aren’t going to revolutionize the way you do your job, but they should allow you to streamline the way you work with layout tabs.

Quick Cycle Through Layout Tabs

Ok so this isn’t a new feature to 2008, but it is a lesser known feature of layout tabs. Pressing either the Ctrl + Page Up or Ctrl + Page Down key will allow you to change your current layout tab without ever touching the mouse. Making this feature even cooler is the fact the keyboard shortcut also works in Microsoft Excel to cycle through workbooks.

Double-Click to Rename Tab

Pre AutoCAD 2008 renaming a layout tab required you right-click and to select “Rename”, and finally specify a new name. AutoCAD 2008 allows you to simply double-click a layout tab to rename it. No fear for those who enjoy living in the past, you can still right-click to rename a layout tab.

Drag Drop Reorder

Reordering layout tabs used to mean using a rather cumbersome interface to get that perfect order. Starting with oh-eight we can simply press and hold our left mouse button to drag it into a new position.

Select Multiple Layouts at Once

Granted this is not new for 2008, it is still a lesser known option when working with layout tabs. Pressing the Ctrl key will allow you to select any combination of layout tabs within your drawing. Pressing the Shift key will select all layout tabs between the current layout and the last selected layout tab.

Drag-and-Drop to Sheet Set Manager

For this feature to work you must save your drawing first. With your drawing saved, select the layout tab or tabs you want to add to Sheet Set Manager, and simply drag to the subset you wish to add the layout(s) to. After letting go of the left-click button you will then be presented with the same Import Layout as Sheet dialog that is in previous versions of AutoCAD.

24 thoughts on “Managing Layout Tabs in AutoCAD 2008

  1. Hello Donnie, currently I am trying to plot (11×17) a very large number of drawings (350ish). Some of the drawings have multiple layouts on them while others do not. What i am trying to do is automate the plotting of said layouts on each of these drawings. Do you know of anyway to do this without having to manually add each layout to be plotted? I have been looking at adding in code to do this, however, i am having trouble finding which the last layout of the dwg would be so the script will skip to the next dwg.

    also, on your reply, can you please CC:
    JDS@(same as provided)

    Additional Info:
    Autocad : 2008
    Discipline: Multiple
    # of dwgs: 300-500
    Layouts per dwg: 1-10

  2. Hello Donnie, currently I am trying to plot (11×17) a very large number of drawings (350ish). Some of the drawings have multiple layouts on them while others do not. What i am trying to do is automate the plotting of said layouts on each of these drawings. Do you know of anyway to do this without having to manually add each layout to be plotted? I have been looking at adding in code to do this, however, i am having trouble finding which the last layout of the dwg would be so the script will skip to the next dwg.

    also, on your reply, can you please CC:
    JDS@(same as provided)

    Additional Info:
    Autocad : 2008
    Discipline: Multiple
    # of dwgs: 300-500
    Layouts per dwg: 1-10

  3. i have eleven cad drawings with me.i want to make it as CUI file.is it possible.i want to menuload that drawing.i know cui files only can be menuload..can you help me for that

  4. i have eleven cad drawings with me.i want to make it as CUI file.is it possible.i want to menuload that drawing.i know cui files only can be menuload..can you help me for that

  5. i have lot of blocks in my drawing with suitable layes.but that layer is also contain unblock iteams.i want to off only the block in my drawing.can oyu help me for that

  6. i have lot of blocks in my drawing with suitable layes.but that layer is also contain unblock iteams.i want to off only the block in my drawing.can oyu help me for that