Save your Favorite Locations in AutoCAD

Save your Favorite Locations in the Places List

When, Opening, Saving or creating a New drawing in AutoCAD, do you find yourself constantly maneuver through the explorer dialog clicking your way to the drive and folder you need, because the last folder you selected, or the default location is just not the folder you need?  This simple tip may save you a lot of clicking and search time.

Use the Places List in the AutoCAD New, Open and Save dialogs to make navigating to where you need to go a snap.

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On each of the Open, New and Save dialogs you can take advantage of the left pane called the Places list (Shaded area in Figure-1) by adding your own favorites to create a custom shortcut list. The handy thing is you only need to add a “place” in the list of any one of these three dialogs and it will show up in the others.

It is really as easy as SELECT, DRAG and DROP.

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Step 1: Launch the Open Dialog box and navigate to the drive and folder you want to be able to access with one click.

Step 2: Select the folder, hold down the left mouse button, and drag the folder into the Place list panel, then let go of the left mouse button. Your shortcut is created.

For this example the “J:\EnvisionCAD\Project” folder has been selected, now notice in Figure-3 the Project shortcut shows up in the places panel on the New and Save dialog.

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Have fun with this. You just need to navigate to a location once, and you want to save it as a short cut, merely click, drag and drop.  The Objects in the Places list can also be reorganized by selecting and dragging either up or down within the panel.

To remove any unwanted or old shortcuts, right click in the panel area to reveal the menu shown in Figure-4 below.

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Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

2 comments on “Save your Favorite Locations in AutoCAD

  1. Soopida Reply

    Right-Click & select Properties… to change the display name to desired one with the same path.

  2. shawna Reply

    Wow! Great tip.
    After using Autocad for so long I had no idea about this.
    This is so helpful here at work with our network drives.
    I am always clicking in and out of drives for various things and it was driving me crazy. Excellent tip.
    Thanks so much!

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