AutoCAD: Quicker access to all of Open drawings and their Layouts:

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

File Tabs: New to AutoCAD 2014 

AutoCAD has added another (quicker) way for us access the Model Space and all Layouts in open drawing. File Tabs display the drawing file name and allow quick access to your open drawings. These tabs are located at the upper left corner of the drawing area.



All open drawings can now be displayed in these File Tabs. To activate a different drawing select the File Tab you want. This makes that drawing the current (active) drawing, and opens it up in the last view it was worked in.

To preview prior to selecting a view hover the mouse (cursor) over a File Tab. This displays a preview of both the Model Space and all Layouts within that drawing. (As the Quick View feature in previous versions displayed those options) To select the Model or a specific Layout Tab hover over the File Tab, move the mouse to the view you want to select, select the view, this will make that the current (active) view on the screen. This allows for a quick approach to select what view you would like current.



If you are not seeing the List View you will need to change how the system Variables are defined.

At the Command Prompt type in Filetabpreview this is a System Variables that control of how File Tabs are displayed:

Filetabpreview: Controls weather you see a List View or a Thumbnail view when you hover over a File Tab.

Filetabpreview <1> as the default it will Displays a Thumbnail View

Filetabpreview <0> as the default it will not Displays a List View

AutoCAD: To display or not to display the File Tabs

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

File Tabs have been added to the top of our drawing space. These take up some of our drawing real-estate area. Although they offer a great way to quickly access another drawing you may want that area back to increase your drawing area. The following two options will show how to toggle on and off the File tabs:



From the Command line type in one of two commands, FILETABCLOSE or FILETAB.

To turn OFF the File Tab feature – in the Command Line type in (one word) FILETABCLOSE then enter.

To turn ON the File Tab feature – in the Command Line type in (one word) FILETAB then enter.

From the Ribbon we have the File Tab button available that toggles On or Off the option. This button is located in the Ribbon – View Tab then within the panel User Interface the second icon is the button for the File Tab.

When the button is blue the File Tabs are displayed, when the File Tab is gray the File Tabs are not displayed.


VP at NEIT appears on WPRI’s State of Mind

Steve Kitchen, Vice President of Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology appears on WPRI’s The State of Mind with Dan Yorke to talk about the work force development needs in Rhode Island.

Among the topics discussed was how New England Tech is preparing graduates for professional and technical careers in the current labor market.  New England Tech’s programs are designed for what is happening in the marketplace now because decisions on the curriculum changes are a direct result of discussions with employers needs.

For more information about Associate and Bachelor degrees, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email

AutoCAD: Keeping Tabs on your Layout tabs

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

  • When starting with AutoCAD’s default drawing (acad.dwt) there are two Layouts, Layout 1 and Layout 2. To keeping tabs on what resides in each Layout Tab those tabs should be renamed with a clear description of what is placed in each Layout (Paper Space).  

Here we will explore the feature Rename

Layout tabs 1




How the default Layout tabs in the acad.dwt file are set.


Right-Click option: Move your cursor over the Layout you wish to rename, Right-Click on the mouse. This opens up a pop up window, select the option Rename. (View A) This activates the Layout (Highlighting in blue) (View B) type the new name for that Layout (View C) renamed Layout tab.

Layout tabs 2

View A

Layout tabs 3

                                      View B

Layout tabs 4

                                       View C

Command Line option: At the Command Line type in the command Layout and enter to receive the same options as a Right-Click over a Layout Tab offers.

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Once the Layout Command is entered you have the choice to either select the option Rename with the mouse or type in the letter R and enter.

You are then prompted to Enter Layout to Rename.

If the Layout you wish to rename is the default option found in the you enter for the next prompt. (View D) If the default option isn’t within the < > you wish to rename you type in the Existing Layout Name and enter. Ex. layout2 and enter. (View E)

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 View D – Renaming the default Layout

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 View E – Changing the default Layout to another Layout to Rename

  • Side note anything found within < > is referred to as the default option – just enter if what you want is listed with in those carrots.

    The next prompt is to Enter new layout name: Type in the new Layout Name and enter. Ex. First Floor. You will see in the Command line the changes made (View E) and it will automatically update the Layout Tabs. (View F)

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View F

When Renaming a Layout, this can be done at any time while working in the drawing.

Layout names must be unique within each drawing.

The Layout can be named up to 255 characters long, the Layout tab will only display the first 31 characters.    

Layout names are not case sensitive.

Any one drawing can have up to 255 Layouts.

NEIT VP talks #SkillsGap with WPRO’s Dan Yorke

Steve Kitchen, Vice President of Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology appears on WPRO’s The Dan Yorke show to talk about the work force development needs in Rhode Island.

Click here to listen to the Podcast of Steve’s interview

During the interview, Steve discussed how New England Tech is working to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelors and Master degrees in programs like Manufacturing, Health Sciences and Information Technology.

Along with SAMI program, which was developed in partnership with Rhode Island employers who have a demand for skilled welders and machinist.

For more information about Associate and Bachelor degrees, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email

Marine Career Day Comes to NEIT

On March 25, 2014, approximately 200 Rhode Island middle and high school students have been invited to attend New England Tech’s first “Marine Career Day” being held in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education

New England Tech NewsThese students, who are currently studying Marine Technology at their respective schools, will have the opportunity to gather information on marine trade careers and post-secondary education options, meet potential employers, and also experience marine trade demonstrations conducted by NEIT and SAMI instructors.

This event will be held at the Access Rd. campus from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  For more information, contact Fred Santaniello, CTI Account Executive, at ext. 3382 or


File Tabs: New to AutoCAD 2014

Written by:  Cindra Drowne-Walsh

New, Open, Save and Close options available with a Right-Click of the mouse. 

File Tabs: New to AutoCAD 2014

Are you looking for a new way to access the New, Open, Save and or way to Close a drawing? We are now offered another way to access these option found right on the drawing screen with a Right-Click of the mouse over the new feature File Tabs.


When you hover the mouse over an active File Tabs then Right-Click you will have the following options to choose from.


Also if you Right click in the gray area after the File Tabs you have a condensed version of those options available for selecting.


 To access a Template File (.DWT) select the file tab with the + sign located at the end of the row. This will open up the Select Template Dialog Box for you to select your desired template. This opens up to where it is pathed out to in the Template Setting found in the Options Dialog Box – File tab.


An asterisk (*) after the drawing file name represents modifications have been made to the drawing and the drawing has not yet been saved.


Trouble with the default direction of an Arc:

Written by:  Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Well struggle no more!

Until now Arcs were placed into drawings by design in a counterclockwise direction. AutoCAD now offers an option to change direction while in the Arc Command to a clockwise direction.


          Start the Arc Command

Place your first two known point of your arc

Hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard prior to your last placement of your Arc. This is where you are being prompted at the command line for “Specify end point of arc” or “Specify center point of arc” then move the cursor into the desired Clockwise direction and place your last point.


This option works on all Arc options except the Start, End, Direction Arc option as that option offers the direction option right within the command.

New England Tech Participates in Advanced Manufacturing Research Grant

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) joins Roger Williams University (RWU) and the University of Rhode Island (URI) in a cross-institutional economic development research project through the College & University Research Collaborative (the Collaborative).

RI advanced manufacturing research grant New England TechThe Collaborative is funding the research project titled, “Manufacturing Capabilities in Rhode Island and the Potential for University Partnerships.” This project will bring key faculty members from these institutions of higher learning together to examine the current and future needs of the manufacturing sector in Rhode Island.

The Collaborative is funded by the Rhode Island Foundation and Commerce RI (formerly the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation).

The Collaborative - Rhode Island - COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COLLABORATIVEThe research team includes Dean A. Plowman, Department Chair/Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology Department at NEIT; Richard Brown, Professor of Materials and Chemical Engineering at URI; Gilbert Brunnhoeffer, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator Master of Science in Construction Management, and Linda A. Riley, Professor, Program Coordinator Engineering Program both from RWU.

Their task is to collect data through phone and in-person interviews with each team member’s Professional Advisory Board, consisting of both small and large manufacturing firms. The goal is to determine those manufacturing capabilities missing from these designated companies in Rhode Island (as well as those in the immediate region contiguous to Rhode Island) and which options are the most beneficial to develop. The team’s findings will provide a database of needs and plans from the representative businesses engaged in a wide range of manufacturing and will examine the role of higher education in supporting the development of future manufacturing capabilities.

According to Plowman, “We are thrilled to be a partner in such an important economic development project for the State of Rhode Island. Many of my fellow research colleagues view New England Tech as the “Maker College” in Rhode Island.  Since the maker culture encourages invention and creativity and is technology-based using new and unique applications in engineering-oriented fields such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, programming, and CNC tools, it is our hope that NEIT’s expertise in hands-on, technical training will help find solutions to the manufacturing issues now facing our state.”

For more information pertaining to the research grant, contact Dean Plowman at 401-739-5000 or

About the College & University Research Collaborative

The Collaborative is a statewide public/private partnership that connects public policy and academic research via Rhode Island’s 11 higher education institutions. Its mission is to increase the use of non-partisan academic research in policymaking and to provide an evidence-based foundation for government decision-making. A panel of policy leaders appointed by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Speaker of the House Gordon Fox and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, work together to determine consensus-based research questions, which are then shared with the academic community. Visit for more information.

RI FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament

Join us for an afternoon of robotics as part of the RI FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifying tournament.

The qualifying tournament will be held at New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich RI, sponsor of the FIRST Tech Challenge in RI.


Rhode Island middle and high school FIRST Tech Challenge teams will try to maneuver their robots on the competition field in preparation for the RI FIRST Tech Challenge State Tournament.

This high energy events will be held on Saturday January 18, 2014 from 1 until 4 p.m. at New England Tech, One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich RI.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on FIRST Robotics and the FIRST Tech Challenge in Rhode Island contact Erin Flynn, New England Institute of Technology, 401-739-5000 ext. 3462, or go to


FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

FIRST mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.