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Open DWG File with Right Click in Windows Explorer
Tip# 3172 By Leonid Nemirovsky On 29-Mar-2009
Rated By 2 users
Categories : Misc. User Tools, Load Applications
Software type : AutoCAD 2009
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Instructions for setting up an alternate method to starting AutoCAD.

Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sent us instructions on setting up an alternate method to starting AutoCAD. Start by opening Windows Explorer. Highlight any AutoCAD drawing file in a folder.

From the pull down menu, select Tools, then Folder Options, then the File Type Tab. Scroll down the list of file types. Once selected, click the ADVANCED button. A dialog box will open, click the NEW button.

There are two fields to fill out: Action and Application used to perform action. The ACTION field is a descriptor; it will be the name of what is going to happen and the option you will right click in Windows Explorer. In Application Used to perform action field, browse to your acad.exe file. If you want to use a profile to start the file with, add /P "C:my-profile.arg" or whatever your saved profile is. Save and close all dialog boxes.

Now highlight any drawing in proper folder and right click - you will see new option to start AutoCAD.

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: There are many ways to start AutoCAD. This is yet another method that many might be interested in. It works great if you want to use a specific profile in AutoCAD, or if you have different Autodesk applications that can open the same type of files. For example, you might want to open a DWG file using AutoCAD, Civil3D, Map3D, True View, or some other application. You can use this tip to set up alternate right click options to open a DWG file in. You can also apply this tip to any file type in Windows, not just AutoCAD.


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Comment by Galicki,Ed
Posted on 2009-03-30 18:59:03
This is very convenient, unless you have jobs in different folders. I have several companies, each with different jobs; so I start with shortcuts that set the folder th the appropriate job when starting. Then any files saved, or exported, will go to the correct area on the drive. Otherwise files can get saved in different places.
Comment by Magnuson,Richard
Posted on 2009-03-30 21:00:39
A simpler way is to copy your "drawings/projects" folder to the Desktop. To do this, press Windows Logo key+E to open Windows Explorer. Find the folder and while holding the CTRL key, drag it to the Desktop. Double-click the folder and find your drawing. Double-click the drawing to open it.
Comment by Holder Jr.,Thomas C.
Posted on 2009-03-31 07:11:52
Just food for thought: It is a good idea to always open AutoCAD before double clicking in Windows to open AutoCAD and load that file. AutoCAD does not always open and load completely thus possibly causing corrupt files that may require recovery later. Best rule of thumb is to open AutoCAD first before loading a file for work. There is a less chance of error. v/r Tommy