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Access Project Folders Quickly
Tip# 3492 By Edward Owen On 19-Sep-2010
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Categories : Saving Files
Software type : AutoCAD 2011
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Add your folders to Places for quick navigation.

Tipster Edward Owen sends us a tip for accessing project folders more easily.

"In our office, we work with many projects at once for short periods of time. The path to get to these DWGs is sometimes lengthy, as they are all on a network. So, to help us get back to these folders quickly, we use the Tools > Add Current Folder to Places option in the Open and Save dialog boxes. This is so simple, yet quite handy. Once the project is complete, simply right-click and remove the folder. These folders can also be dragged up or down depending on your preferences."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:
This is a good trick. You can also add the folders in question to your Favorites. Also, in AutoCAD, where your most recent files are listed in the Application menu, is the Pin option. Click the Pin icon to lock a file listing in place. This keeps that file in your list of recent files. You can also pin sheet sets, giving you constant access to every drawing in the sheet set.


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User comments
Comment by Henman,J.D.
Posted on 2010-09-20 13:46:39
You can also drag the folder that you want to exist in Places. Just drag it to places before opening the folder.
Comment by White,David
Posted on 2010-09-20 14:10:09
Wrote a program based on Windows CommandDialog years ago I called Runacad. I've re-written it for many versions of Autocad. It's just a interface that opens in your "Jobs" directory where you keep all your projects in sub-directories. The default file is .dwg. You can perform all the normal Windows files operations there. It's available online. The old version is there for R13. The only thing you change if necessary is the directory name where your projects are.
Comment by Fisher,Jim
Posted on 2010-09-20 14:57:43
I just added the following to my cursor menu. [E&xplore current folder]^P(startapp "Explorer" (strcat "/n,/e,/root," (getvar "DWGPREFIX")));^P
Comment by Gund,Patricia
Posted on 2010-09-21 12:19:25
You can also add the drawing path to the Options>Files>Support File Search Path. When you want to open a drawing in another folder, type the drawing name in the Open dialog box, go to Tools>Locate (or Alt L,L) and you will be taken to that folder to open your drawing.
Comment by Shaw,David
Posted on 2010-09-22 09:08:37
Another shortcut I use if I will be using the same directory for a while (which works for all applications, not just AutoCAD) is using Windows Explorer, map an un-used letter (such as P for Project) to that directory. Then, saving any sort of file to P: will put them in the right folder.