Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sends us a keyboard shortcut to use in AutoCAD that lets users paste copied objects as a block.
"I use Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V very often in one drawing or between drawings, but I never noticed this trick before. If you use Ctrl+Shift+V instead of Ctrl+V, you can place the group of previously selected (Ctrl+C) objects as a block, with a name assigned to it by AutoCAD."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: It's true — when AutoCAD moved to a Windows-only platform and many users (like myself) moved from DOS to Windows, the Copy/Paste functionality of the Windows Clipboard was a welcomed tool. It made getting objects from one file to another very easy and clean.
This method works by selecting the objects in your file that you want to copy. Don't start a command or type anything in; just select your objects. On the keyboard, press Ctrl+C. This will copy the objects to the Windows Clipboard. Go to the file where you want your copied objects to be placed (or even stay in the same file), and press Ctrl+V to paste them there. If you press Ctrl+Shift+V instead, AutoCAD will paste the objects as a block and assign it a random name made of characters and numbers. (Use the Rename command if you want to change the name to something more memorable.) When copying objects, you can also press Ctrl+Shift+C to be prompted for a base point to copy from. Then when you paste, that base point will be your insertion point.