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    Default Managing Multiple drawings in a single session

    Whenever you have multiple drawing open in a session of AutoCAD, you can quickly jump from one drawing to the next by holding the CTRL key and pressing TAB. This will cycle through available windows. Saves a little time from minimizing drawings or accessing them through the Window pull-down.

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    Default Re: Managing Multiple drawings in a single session

    Please don't take this as stepping on your toes on this good tip for navigating thru opened drawings... I just wanted to add to this.... I used to use this same method but have been using doctabs for a while now, and I love it! It adds another row of tabs for each drawing open. The look just like the layout tabs...

    Here is where to get it...

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    Default Re: Managing Multiple drawings in a single session

    Also consider one of the many "Drawing Tabs" apps out there.

    Here is a free one as shown below

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    Default Re: Managing Multiple drawings in a single session

    The one I use is called DocBar which is available here http://www.cadwerx.net/?path=DocBar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhohman
    Whenever you have multiple drawing open in a session of AutoCAD, you can quickly jump from one drawing to the next by holding the CTRL key and pressing TAB. This will cycle through available windows. Saves a little time from minimizing drawings or accessing them through the Window pull-down.
    from help TASKBAR -
    Set the TASKBAR command to 1 to display multiple open drawings as separate items on the Windows taskbar. You can then press Alt+TAB to quickly switch from drawing to drawing. If you prefer to display only the active drawing on the taskbar, set TASKBAR to 0.
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    That's all good stuff to use, I appreciate the additional input.

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    Default Re: Managing Multiple drawings in a single session

    Quote Originally Posted by mes0945
    Set the TASKBAR command to 1 to display multiple open drawings as separate items on the Windows taskbar.
    I can't imagine why anyone would want a taskbar button for each open drawing. Different strokes for different folks I guess...

    I suppose Autodesk was just copying Microsoft's bad idea, which goes against their (Microsoft's) own definitions of MDI & SDI. Then again, does Microsoft even know what MDI is anymore?
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    Default Re: Managing Multiple drawings in a single session

    I used AcadTabs for a while but I just use CTRL+TAB now. Less screen clutter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnbogie
    I used AcadTabs for a while but I just use CTRL+TAB now. Less screen clutter.
    I believe that when you have SP2 installed in Win XP, you can see a thumbnail of the file/drawing rather than just the program icon and name (correct me if I am wrong and this was available earlier), which I really like...
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    Default Re: Managing Multiple drawings in a single session

    Quote Originally Posted by mes0945
    I believe that when you have SP2 installed in Win XP, you can see a thumbnail of the file/drawing rather than just the program icon and name (correct me if I am wrong and this was available earlier), which I really like...
    Would you please expand on that. I've not seen it.
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