Insert an AutoCAD drawing

  1. On the Insert menu, click CAD Drawing.

  2. Locate the CAD file and click Open.

  3. To accept the default CAD drawing settings, click OK.

    Note: The default CAD drawing settings are designed to ensure optimal results when you insert a CAD drawing. It is best to avoid adjusting the default settings unless you have a specific aim in mind.

When you insert a drawing in AutoCAD DWG or DXF format, you insert the last saved spatial view of the CAD drawing. A CAD drawing may have been saved in model space or paper space.

  • Model space     is the primary drawing workspace in which CAD drafters create drawings.

  • Paper space     is a workspace that is analogous to a sheet of paper, in which CAD drafters can arrange different views of the drawing.

A CAD drawing saved in paper space that shows two views of the same floor plan

A DWG drawing saved in paper space. The drawing contains two rectangualr viewports. A viewport is a window into the three-dimensional CAD drawing. Each viewport can be set to a different scale or angle.

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