Crop an AutoCAD drawing

An AutoCAD drawing may be too large to work with after importing or opening it. If this is the case, you can crop the drawing.

  1. Zoom out until you see the entire AutoCAD drawing on the screen.

  2. Click an empty space on the diagram to deselect anything that may be already selected.

  3. Rest your cursor on the outside edge of the AutoCAD drawing until your cursor changes to this icon:
    Arrow cursor with move icon

  4. Right-click, and then click Crop Tool.

  5. Drag the crop handles Corner crop handle inward to eliminate extra portions of the AutoCAD drawing.

  6. Click outside the AutoCAD drawing to finalize the crop.

See also

Introduction to working with AutoCAD drawings in Visio

Unlock an AutoCAD drawing

Convert an AutoCAD drawing

Change AutoCAD layer properties

  1. To crop an AutoCAD drawing, first unlock it by doing the following:

    1. Right-click the AutoCAD drawing, point to CAD Drawing Object, and then click Properties.

    2. Click the General tab, clear the Lock size and position check box, and then click OK.

  2. Right-click the AutoCAD drawing and click Crop Tool.

  3. Drag the selection handles Selection handle image until only the portion of the drawing, picture, or object that you want is visible.

  4. When you're done, click the Pointer tool Pointer button .

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