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AutoCAD LT® is a 2D version of the full AutoCAD software. This powerful and affordable drafting tool, which has all 2D and same 30 features of the toll AutoCAD package, is perfect for educational and business applications.

AutoCAD LT® 2002: Basics Through Advanced demonstrates this powerful tool in a clear and concise manner, focusing an the highest professional standards. This textbook takes users through the systematic use of AutoCAD LT® 2002 with emphasis on the proper use of drafting standards in several key disciplines, including mechanical, architectural, electrical/electronic, civil, pipe drafting, and graphic design. Each chapter contains frequent practice exercises, allowing users to perform what they have just learned. All methods of accessing AutoCAD LT® 2002 commands are explained.

These are some of the outstanding features of the book:

  • Through the Window: This feature presents tips and tricks for using the Windows operating system with AutoCAD LT® 2002.
  • Field Notes: These provide a variety of professional shortcuts, advanced applications, and additional instruction.
  • Screen displays and illustrations: Placed with the discussion of every topic, these figures clearly demonstrate the commands and content.
  • Learning Checkpoints: This unique feature provides questions after each related content area. This allows users to build confidence by checking their progress.
  • Tests and matching and identification exercises: Each chapter has these features to assist users inmastering the material in a variety of ways.
  • Projects: Practical drafting projects are provided at the end of each chapter for users to use AutoCAD LT 2002 in the discipline of their choice in real-world applications.
  • Contents: This text covers every aspect of AutoCAD LT® 2002, including an introduction to computer hardware and the operating system; setting up and saving drawings; drawing of all typical objects; drawing display control; using layers, linetypes, and colors; precision drafting tools; editing the drawing; polylines and double lines; text, hatch and graphic design; dimensioning; designing custom symbols; multiview layout; 30 drafting; file management; using the Internet with AutoCAD LT® 2002; accessibility options far users with special needs; and customizing AutoCAD LT®.

The Companion Website includes review questions and activities to accompany the material and activities in the text.

The Instructor's Resource Manual is available to instructors teaching this course.

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This textbook explains how to prepare drawings with AutoCAD LT 2002, an abbreviated version of the full AutoCAD software. The authors cover layers, object snaps, editing a drawing, adding text, hatch patterns, dimensioning a drawing, working with blocks, and plotting a multiview layout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130985996
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 12/21/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 930
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to AutoCAD LT.
2. Introduction to Drafting with AutoCAD LT.
3. Drawing Basic Objects.
4. Drawing Display Control.
5. Using Layers and Managing Object Properties.
6. Precision Drafting Tools.
7. Editing Your Drawing.
8. Drawing and Editing Polylines and Double Lines.
9. Placing Text on a Drawing.
10. Drawing Patterns and Section Lines.
11. Dimensioning a Drawing.
12. Designing and Using Your Own Symbols, Using Externally Referenced Drawing Files.
13. Multiview Drawing Layout, Plotting, and Plot Styles.
14. 3D Drafting with AutoCAD LT.
15. File Management and Data Exchange.
16. AutoCAD LT and the Internet.
17. Customizing AutoCAD LT
Appendix A: AutoCAD LT 2002 and Learning Assistance.
Appendix B: Drafting Standards.
Appendix C: Standard Support Libraries.
Appendix D: Accessibility Options.
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AutoCAD LT® 2002: Basics Through Advanced is a text and workbook that provides complete coverage of AutoCAD LT. This text provides the beginning student and the drafting or engineering professional with a complete understanding of every AutoCAD LT command using professional drafting methods and techniques. All software commands are presented in a manner that shows each prompt with examples of the exact input you should use. This text also contains a variety of valuable features that help make learning AutoCAD LT easy for you:

  • It is easy to read, use, and understand.
  • Learning Goals are provided at the beginning of each chapter to identify what you will learn as a result of completing the chapter.
  • The text includes Microsoft Windows98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 applications.
  • Commands are presented in a manner that shows every prompt with the exact input you should use.
  • Field Notes explain special applications, tricks, and professional tips for using AutoCAD LT.
  • Through the Window ... is a unique feature that shares Windows98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 applications.
  • Exercises are provided throughout for you to practice as you learn AutoCAD LT.
  • Learning Checkpoints are questions that are placed throughout the text following each major topic discussion. Answering these questions provides you with an excellent way to review the previous information and check your knowledge and understanding.
  • Multiple choice tests, matching exercises, and word scrambles are provided with each chapter to help you learn and have fun with AutoCAD LT.
  • Multidisciplinary projectsallow you to learn how to use AutoCAD LT in your drafting, engineering, or architectural field.
  • The Instructor's Resource Manual contains project solutions and multiple choice, matching, and word scramble solutions. The Instructor's Resource Manual also has additional multiple choice tests, crosswords, word finds, and fill-in-the-blank activities related to each chapter in the text. Answers, and solutions are also provided for these tests and activities.
  • A Companion Website with additional review questions and drawing activities is available.

Format of Text

The format of this text helps you learn how to use AutoCAD LT both by example and complete explanations of each feature.

Command Access Mapping

Every AutoCAD LT command discussion begins with a display of the available options for accessing that command. For example, the toolbar button that starts the LINE command is displayed at the top of the graphic image in the margin next to this paragraph. Also included is the name of the toolbar and the tooltip—for easier recognition. The second area shows the name and option used to access the command from the pull-down menu system. The command name and any default command shortcuts (aliases) or accelerator keystrokes are shown last.

Accessing AutoCAD LT Commands

In addition to the quick reference mapping of available command selection methods, all options are further described within the text. For example, the LINE command can be accessed by picking Line from the Draw pull-down menu, by picking Line in the Draw toolbar, or by typing L or LINE at the Command: prompt. The keyboard letter used to access the menu and the command is shown underlined just as it is in the AutoCAD LT menu system.

When a command sequence is discussed, examples of the command are presented as if you are typing at the keyboard, or as it appears when you pick the command from the toolbar or pull-down menu. When the command is presented as if it is typed at the keyboard, any available keyboard shortcut is always given before the full command name. One goal of this book is for you to see all of the methods of using AutoCtAD LT commands and to decide which methods work best for you.

Understanding the Command Format Presented in This Text

When a command is issued at the keyboard, the command shortcut and full name are displayed in bold full caps and the return arrow symbol shows you when to press the Enter key. This is an example of how a command is displayed when entered at the keyboard:

Command: L or LINE. (return arrow symbol)

When the command prompts are answered by typing a value, the typed information is also presented in bold. For example, the following LINE command prompts are answered with coordinate values followed by pressing the Enter key:

Command: L or LINE. (return arrow symbol)
Specify first point: 4.5, 2.5 (return arrow symbol)
Specify next point or Undo: 7.5, 8.5 (return arrow symbol)
Specify next point or Undo: (return arrow symbol)

When you pick a point or use a technique other than typing, the prompt is followed by the suggested method presented in italics and angle brackets:

Command: L or LINE. (return arrow symbol)
Specify first point: (pick first point)
Specify next point or Undo: (pick next point)
Specify next point or Undo: (return arrow symbol)

After you have learned the different ways to respond to AutoCAD LT prompts, you can use the method that works best for you. For example, if the prompt reads

Specify first point: (pick first point)

you can pick a point, as suggested, enter coordinate values, or use any other input method you prefer.

Presenting Command Options

When a prompt asks you to select a command option, the capitalized letter or letters within the option name must be entered at the keyboard. If a letter in more than one word is capitalized, you can enter either letter. The polyline command options are used in the following example:

Command: PL or PLINE. (return arrow symbol)
Specify start point: (pick a start point) Current line-width is 0.0000
Specify next point or Arc/Close/Halfwidth/Length/Undo/Width: W (return arrow symbol)

If you are given a prompt with a value in brackets, you can specify a new value or press Enter to accept the value in the brackets like this:

Command: PL or PLINE. (return arrow symbol)
Specify start point: (pick a start point)
Current line-width is 0.0000
Specify next point or Arc/Close/Halfwidth/Length/Undo/Width: W (return arrow symbol)
Specify starting width 0.0000: .25 (return arrow symbol)
Specify ending width 0.2500:
Specify next point or Arc/Close/Halfwidth/Length/Undo/Width:

Identifying Key Words

Key words are bold italic for easy identification. These words relate to AutoCAD LT terminology and professional applications. These words are defined in the content of the text and in the glossary. Key words are an important part of your AutoCAD LT learning process, because they are part of the world of computeraided drafting, drafting standards, and AutoCAD LT communication.

Special Features

AutoCAD LT 2002: Basics Through Advanced contains several special features that help you learn and use AutoCAD LT, Windows98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 as explained in the following paragraphs. Most features are shown here as they appear in the book.


  • Use AutoCAD LT to prepare drawings in your field of interest or in a variety of disciplines.
  • Answer questions related to AutoCAD LT.
  • Use AutoCAD LT and drafting related terminology.
  • Do exercises as you learn AutoCAD LT.
  • Use matching, multiple choice, word scramble, and projects activities to learn AutoCAD LT and for fun.


  • A Learning Checkpoint is provided after every major AutoCAD LT learning section in each chapter.
  • Learning Checkpoints are questions that relate to the previous content of the chapter.
  • These questions are key to what you should learn about AutoCAD LT.
  • Learning Checkpoint questions can be used as review or as mini-tests for checking your progress.

AutoCAD LT Learning Assistance™ Integration

The Autodesk Learning Assistance CD provided with AutoCAD LT 2002 software offers a variety of multimedia-based tutorials and concept illustrations that can serve as a valuable supplement to the discussion material in this text. When material related to a text topic is available, the Learning Assistance icon is displayed after the Learning Checkpoint along with a listing of the relevant Learning Assistance topics. The format shows the folder title in italics and the topic title in bulleted text. For example:

Introducing the AutoCAD LT Interface

  • Mastering the AutoCAD LT Graphical User Interface

Through the Window...

Through the Window . . . is a special feature that provides you with instructions and applications, plus insightful tips and tricks for using Windows98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 effectively with AutoCAD LT.

Windows98/Windows NT 4.0/Windows 2000
The screen images used in AutoCAD LT® 2002: Basics Through Advanced show the Windows 98 operating system being used, but all AutoCAD commands and functions work exactly the same whether you are using Windows98, Windows NT, or Windows 2000.

Field Notes

Field Notes are another special feature of AutoCAD LT® 2002: Basics Through Advanced. Field Notes are placed throughout the text to provide you with any one or more of the following advantages:

  • Professional tips and applications
  • Special features of AutoCAD LT
  • Advanced applications
  • Additional instruction about how certain features work

Multiple Choice Test

There is a multiple choice test at the end of each chapter. The multiple choice tests can be used to check your understanding of the chapter content or they can be used as review. The multiple choice tests allow you to quickly determine your knowledge and they are easy for you or your instructor to evaluate. Expanded comprehensive multiple choice tests are provided in the Instructor's Resource Manual and correlated with every chapter of the text.

Matching Exercises

At the end of every chapter there is a matching exercise that provides a word list and chapter-related statements. You match the word to the statement. This is a convenient way to review the key terminology related to the current chapter.

Word Scramble

Each chapter has a word scramble. These puzzles provide you with a fun way to review key words and commands that are important in the current chapter.


Drafting projects are one of the most important ways to complete and solidify your learning and understanding of AutoCAD LT. It has been said many times, in terms of learning AutoCAD, that if you do not practice you will forget. The projects allow you to put to practice what you have just learned. The projects are different from the exercises, because they combine a variety of commands that are used in the current chapter and in past chapters. Exercises focus only on using the currently discussed command. The projects at the end of every chapter are designed to provide AutoCAD LT practice for a variety of drafting fields. You or your instructor can select the projects that relate directly to the type of drafting you are doing. Projects are identified with the following icons that correlate to the related drafting field. This makes it easier for you to target the desired projects.

  • A gear icon identifies projects that are designed to develop AutoCAD LT skills in the area of mechanical drawing for the machine manufacturing industry.
  • A house icon represents projects that are based on the architectural drafting and building construction industry.
  • A power pole icon is used to identify projects that are designed to relate to the electrical and electronics drafting industry.
  • A faucet icon is used to describe projects that relate to the industrial pipe drafting, plumbing, or the fluid power industry.
  • A pen icon is used to identify drawings that are done in the graphics industry. These projects include signs, logos, charts, graphs, and art-related topics.


The appendices for this text are designed to help you use AutoCAD LT in the architectural, engineering, and drafting environments. The appendices contain the following valuable information:

  • Installing AutoCAD LT 2002
  • Drafting Standards
  • Standard Support Libraries

Instructor's Resource Manual

The Instructor's Resource Manual for this text provides the following items:

  • Introduction: How to Use This Text
  • Chapter Learning Checkpoint Answers
  • Chapter Multiple Choice Test Answers
  • Chapter Matching Answers
  • Chapter Word Scramble Answers
  • Chapter Exercise Solutions
  • Chapter Project Solutions
  • Suggested Course Syllabi
  • Handouts
  • Companion Website Information

For additional fun and training with AutoCAD LT, the Instructor's Resource Manual also contains:

  • Comprehensive multiple choice tests and solutions
  • Crossword puzzles and solutions for each chapter
  • Word finds and solutions for each chapter
  • Fill-in-the-blank questions and solutions for each chapter

Companion Website

The Companion Website is a valuable instructional aid that benefits students and instructors alike. On the website you will find materials such as objectives for each chapter, additional tests that can be taken on-line and e-mailed directly to the instructor, and current course syllabi (provided by your instructor). More than a simple evaluation method, these tests provide hints and, upon completion, immediate feedback to the student—transforming the Companion Website into a powerful learning tool.

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