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Starting a New Drawing

You can start a drawing from scratch or using a template.

A template is a prototype drawing containing the settings you want for the new drawing. Templates use the .dwt extension. You can also use .dwg files or .dxf files to start with. You can create a template by saving the drawing file with the .dwt extension. To display the new template in the list of available templates, save it under the templates folder.

By default, the drawing is named NONAME_n.dwg.

To start a new drawing with a template:

  1. Click File > New (or type New).
  2. Click File > New (or type New).
  3. Do one of the following:
    • On the Quick Access Toolbar, click New.
    • In the Application Menu, click New.
    • Right-click a drawing file tab and select New.
  4. Navigate to the.dwt file location.

    You can browse files from your local and external hard drives, as well as from your Cloud Storage accounts.

    • This PC. Displays your system folders, devices, and network locations.
    • Cloud storages. Lists the attached cloud storage accounts. Each button from the list corresponds to a Cloud Storage account. Clicking a button displays the list of drawings and folders from the selected Cloud Storage. At any time, you can add Cloud Storage services or existing ones.
    • Browse. Opens the classic file opening dialog box.
  5. Select a .dwt file from the list and click Open.

To start a new drawing without a template:

  1. Click File > New (or type New).
  2. In the dialog box, click Right arrow next to Open and select:
    • Open with no Template - Imperial: Sets imperial as the units format for the new drawing.
    • Open with no Template - Metric: Sets metric as the units format for the new drawing.

    Note: This options are available only in the classic Open system file dialog box.


Command: New

Menu: File > New

Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl + N

Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl + N

Keyboard Shortcut: Command + N

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