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.


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.

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