"Plotting" is also called "Printing" because you can print to both large-format plotters as well as small printers just like any other windows operation to produce hard-copy output.

You have to have the drawing you want to plot open to plot it.

There are several things that have to be done and settings that have to be set before printing - they are:

  1. Creating a Plotting "Layout:"
  2. Creating a viewport in the Layout:
  3. Setting the viewport scale:
  4. Setting the visibility of layers within each viewport:
  5. Hiding lines in a viewport:
  6. Select the "Plot Device:"
  7. Select the "Plot Style Table" to be used for the Layout:
  8. Select the "Paper Size" that you want to plot to:
  9. Select the "Plot Area"
  10. Set the "Plot Scale"
  11. Set the "Drawing Orientation"
  12. If you want to save these parameters for use again, under the heading "Page Setup Name" in the Layout Settings Tab, select the "Add" button, type in a new page setup name then select OK. Page setups are saved with the drawing.
  13. Now you are ready to plot.