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Viewing drawings in paper space and model space

May 20, 2011

     When you work in paper space on a Layout tab, you can still view your drawing in model space. First you need to create a layout viewport in paper space; this allows you to view your model space objects from paper space.

      Within a layout viewport you can modify the model space objects, but it is often more convenient to modify these objects on the Model tab.

     Zooming or panning the drawing in model space or paper space affects the entire drawing, unless you use multiple windows or viewports.


To view a drawing in model space on the Model tab

Do one of the following:

  •      Click the Model tab.

  •      Click the Model/Paper Space toggle in the status bar, and then choose Model.


To view a drawing in paper space on a Layout tab

Do one of the following:

  •      Click one of the Layout tabs.

  •      Type layout and then press Enter. In the prompt box, choose Set. Type a name for the layout you want to make current, and then press Enter.

  •      Click the Model/Paper Space toggle in the status bar. For example, Click "Model" or "M:Tab Name" in the status bar to switch to paper space.

  •      While using a Layout tab, type pspace and then press Enter.

  •       While using a Model tab, click the layout viewport.


      The first time you switch to a Layout tab, your drawing seems to disappear. This is normal.You must create at least one layout viewport to see your model.


To view a drawing in model space on a Layout tab

Do one of the following:

  •      Click the desired Layout tab, and then create and view a layout viewport.

  •      Click the Model/Paper Space toggle in the status bar.

  •      While using a Layout tab, double click inside of the layout viewport.


Commands Reference

LAYOUT: Creates and modifies drawing layout tabs

MSPACE: Switches from paper space to a model space viewport

MVIEW: Creates and controls layout viewports

PSPACE: Switches from a model space viewport to paper space

VPORTS: Creates multiple viewports

VPLAYER: Sets layer visibility within viewports

System Variables Reference

CTAB: Returns the name of the current (model or layout) tab in the drawing

CVPORT: Sets the identification number of the current viewport

MAXACTVP: Sets the maximum number of viewports that can be active at one time in a layout

PLOTROTMODE: Controls the orientation of plots


 

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