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Set Viewport Scales
Tip# 3125 By James Olszewski On 18-Jan-2009
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Categories : Paper Space
Software type : AutoCAD
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James Olszewski shares a feature for setting the viewport scale.

James Olszewski discovered a feature for setting the viewport scale and wanted to share it with the rest of us. 

Since forever I have been making my xref window, then zooming into my basemap to about the size needed, then.... Typing in zoom then .05xp to get one of our standard scales (because that's what someone told me to do).

When it became possible to lock the viewport scale, I made it a practice to do so as soon as practical. What I never knew -- and maybe there are others out there who have been doing the same (hate to think it's only me!) is if you don't do the zoom **.xp but instead highlight the window, right click and select "Properties" BEFORE locking the viewport display the property item for viewport scale can be clicked for a list of predetermined viewport scales to select and you can go ahead and lock it for display (if it's already locked the viewport scale property won't display a selection. This can be especially useful when getting drawings from another source where they neglected to lock the viewport display and your zooming in!

NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL:  I don’t know when this ability was first available, but it has been there for some time.  Select or activate a viewport and open the Properties Palette.  Press CTRL+1 to open it.  Under the MISC area of the properties, go to the Standard Scale option.  Click it and select the scale you want to use for the viewport.  If the scale isn’t in the list, type in the desired scale in the CUSTOM SCALE option box.  If you ever need to change, alter, or modify any object, select it and look at the properties palette.  Tested in AutoCAD 2009.


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Comment by Tulis,Ralph
Posted on 2009-01-19 14:50:30
This feature has been around since at least AutoCAD 2008. Don't forget about setting the annotation scale as well. In most cases, simply changing the annotation scale will also change the standard scale for the viewport. I frequently copy viewports, leaving them locked, then stretch them to modify the portion of the model that they display. Very easy way to ensure that part plans remain at the same scale.
Comment by Vuchkova,Galina
Posted on 2009-01-21 01:48:55
It was since earlier version, it was at least in AutoCAD2006. But I use something more efficient, I think: When working with Paper Space, I always have the Toolbar Viewports open, there is a roll-on menu similar to those of Layers, Colors etc. and there I can choose or key in the desired Viewport Scale. There is the scale of the Viewport we are in or have selected, or the Scale of the Paper if we are in Paper. Veeeery useful and more convinient than Properties! Galina Vuchkova, AutoCAD Instructor
Comment by Hanby,Jill
Posted on 2010-11-03 11:43:55
I do it the way Galina said, this tip sounds to complicated.