Do you open multiple AutoCAD drawings when you work? I do. In old version of AutoCAD (pre-ribbon version), I can quickly switch between drawings by pressing [alt] + W then a number. Now we have to cycle between drawings by using switch windows in view tab.
We can put it on quick access toolbar so we can switch faster.
However, I still think this is not as convenient as it was.
If you feel the same, I found this thread in CADtutor forum. Thanks to ReMark, I found out that we can use [ctrl] tab to switch between drawings forward!
You can also switch between drawings backward using [ctrl] + [shift] tab. Thank you to Paujrobe for the additional tip!
Quick view drawings
In AutoCAD, there is also quick view drawings. You can click quick view button on status bar and see all opened drawings’ thumbnail. You can activate a drawing by clicking the thumbnail.
You also can pin quick view drawings and let it always show. Nice to have it when we are reviewing several drawings.
Windows 7 taskbar
Quick view drawings was introduced before we have Windows 7. In Windows 7, we can see similar feature in taskbar. You can hover (or click) AutoCAD icon on taskbar to see opened files. Click on file you want to activate.
If you don’t see the taskbar like this, check your TASKBAR system variable. If you want to set it like Windows 7 default, set it to 1. If you prefer the old style like in Windows XP, set it to 0.
Which one is your favorite?
I think using [ctrl] tab is very nice. However, if I open many drawings at once, I prefer to use switch windows on my quick access toolbar. What about you?