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Copy Objects between Open Files
Tip# 3930 By Leonid Nemirovsky On 09-Jul-2012
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Categories : 2D Operations
Software type : AutoCAD 2013
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Drag the object you want to copy from one file to another.

Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a way to copy objects between open AutoCAD files.

"If you have a couple of drawings open and you can see all of them on the screen, you can copy objects simply by dragging them from one drawing to the next."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: To get this tip to work, first select the object you want to copy. Then right-click and hold the mouse button down. Drag the object to the other drawing where you want it to be copied to, and release. You will see these options: Move Here, Copy Here, Paste as Block, and Cancel. This method will work across open files, multiple instances of AutoCAD, and even in the same drawing tab.


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Comment by Cooper,Kent
Posted on 2012-07-09 10:31:23
See also Tip 3879 for a caveat in the Tip Reviewer's comment.
Comment by Ramstad,Doug
Posted on 2012-07-09 13:48:59
For even better productivity, use 3 monitors--#1 for tool palettes, properties, etc; #2 for AutoCAD, and #3 for second instance of AutoCAD. Everything in monitor 1 can be duplicated identically for both instances of AutoCAD. Click on monitor #2 and everything in monitor #1 corresponds to the first instance of AutoCAD. Click on monitor #3 and everything in monitor #1 changes to correspond to the second instance of AutoCAD. Functions between the two open files are almost endless.
Comment by West,Lucien
Posted on 2012-07-09 21:30:24
While in this mode you can also Alt-tab between your maximised drawings, but seems you can not switch layouts/model tab ie(ctrl-tab or ctrl-pgup).