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Have You Tried… Nonrectangular Viewports in AutoCAD

Lee Ambrosius
October 17, 2017

Have you ever needed to plot several areas of your design at different scales or isolate a specific part of your design before plotting it to a hardcopy or electronic file? Layout viewports, also known as floating viewports, control the display of model space objects on a named paper space layout. These viewports can be rectangular or nonrectangular in shape. Nonrectangular viewports in AutoCAD allow you to clip out areas of your design to improve the clarity of the design being communicated.

Both rectangular and nonrectangular viewports allow you to:

  • Clip and turn off the boundary of a viewport
  • Freeze and thaw individual layers within a viewport
  • Rotate the view in a viewport
  • Control the scale in which objects and annotation are displayed
  • Apply a visual style to the objects being displayed

Nonrectangular Viewports in AutoCAD

Nonrectangular Viewports in AutoCAD

You can learn how to create nonrectangular layout viewports by following the step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Nonrectangular Viewports topic.

Missed one of the previous Have You Tried features? See the “Previous Have You Tried Articles” section near the bottom of the Have You Tried topic, or open the Have You Tried node in the table of contents on the AutoCAD Help Home page.

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Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

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