When you begin a drawing using AutoCAD, you will be drawing in an environment which has pre-set variables setup by Autodesk, the software manufacturer, for what they consider to be the most common use. However, the settings which come with the software "out of the box" are not good for architectural or interior design type drawings, and they must be changed by you to be useful.
The easiest way to make these
changes permanent is to begin a new drawing, set the drawing variables
correctly, and then save the drawing for reuse later. This new drawing
will have no "entities" in it (lines, arcs, or circles), but it will include
many important variables such as a list of layers, linetypes, dimensioning
variables, and text styles which you will not have to set up again for
future drawings. You simply use this drawing to begin a new drawing. This
drawing is known as your "Template." Exercise Number 1 in
this book will take you through the process of creating a prototype drawing
specific to architectural or interior design purposes.
How to use a template drawing in a new drawing
Once you have created the "perfect" template drawing, you can reuse it in two ways:
Method 2: After you have finished your template drawing, save it to a drawing file name (such as "FEH"), then while it is still on the screen, use the "Save As" command under the "File" pull-down menu. On the bottom line of the "Save Drawing As" dialogue box, there is a drop-down box named "Save as Type:" If you click the mouse within this box, you can select the choice to save the drawing as a "Drawing Template File (*.dwt). After you have done this, note that the previous name you gave to the drawing ("FEH.dwg") will be changed to FEH.dwt. Simply click on the SAVE button on this dialogue box and you will have created a so-called "Template" file for reuse in the future.
To use the template file to begin a new drawing, select "File" from the pull-down menu, then "New." A "Use a Template" dialogue box will open up as shown in the following illustration:
Select your template file (FEH1.dwt) from the list and pick "OK." Now save the drawing to any name you want using the "Save" command.