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AutoCAD's Revert Command: An Update
Tip# 3266 By Karl Hill On 20-Sep-2009
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Categories : Saving Files
Software type : AutoCAD 2010
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Revert is a great command to use when you want to try a possible design alternative.

Karl Hill gives us a quick reminder of a command that's been around awhile, but appears to be missing from the ribbons in AutoCAD 2010.

"The Revert command, which I use quite often, can still be launched by typing Revert at the command prompt. (It used to be in Express Tools menu>File Tools>Revert to Original.) This command closes your drawing and reopens it at the point of the last Save. You might wonder, Why not just use the Undo command? Unfortunately, that doesn't always produce the expected results, particularly in Civil 3D. Sometimes the Undo command doesn't completely reverse everything you expect it to, since some of the Civil 3D commands have many small subcommands inside them.

"Revert is a great command to use when you want to try a possible design alternative. Always save your drawing at a point that you want to get back to before you proceed. Then you can type Revert to get back, or if you like your newly created design, just save it as usual."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: I'm not sure why the Revert command is not in the Express Tools menu in AutoCAD 2010, but it doesn't appear to be there. If you turn the Menu Bar back on, it is found under the Express menu, under the File submenu. This command closes your file without saving it, assuming you have made changes since your last save. When you use the Revert command, you will be prompted to save or close the drawing. Be careful using this command; depending on when you saved last, you could lose more of your work than you remember!


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Comment by McSwain,R.K.
Posted on 2009-09-21 16:17:28
"Revert to Original" is still on my Express Tools menu. Using 2010.
Comment by Martin,Pete
Posted on 2009-09-23 15:19:24
AutoCAD & AutoCAD Architecture 2010. After entering "Revert" at the command prompt and indicating "OK" to "Abandon changes to..." I got an Alert message of "VBA - Not Installed. Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications software (VBA) is no longer installed with AutoCAD. For more information...". Visiting the website indicated that VBA is a separate download. Interesting...
Comment by McSwain,R.K.
Posted on 2015-12-23 11:51:02
Agree with Pete Martin. In later versions (I tested in 2014 and 2016), the command is still defined, but doesn't work due to lack of VBA. Command: REVERT Initializing...Unknown command "THISDRAWING.CLOSE(FALSE):ACADAPPLICATION.DOCUMENTS.OPEN "E:DWGEXAMPLE.DWG"". Press F1 for help.