Creating Profiles in AutoCAD 2000

You can use the Profiles tab in the Options dialog box to create and save your drawing environment settings as a profile. If you share your workstation with other users who use the same login name, you can restore your options by making the profile current. You can also create and save profiles to use with different projects. By default, AutoCAD stores your current options in a profile named UNNAMED PROFILE. AutoCAD displays the current profile name, as well as the current drawing name, in the Options dialog box.

The profile information is stored in the system registry and can be saved to a text file (an ARG file). AutoCAD organizes essential data and maintains changes in the registry as necessary.
Once you save a profile, you can export or import the ARG file to and from different computers. If you make changes to your current profile during an AutoCAD session and you want to save those changes in the ARG file, you must export the profile. When you export the profile with the current profile name, AutoCAD updates the ARG file with the new settings. You can import the profile again into AutoCAD to update your profile settings.

To make a profile current

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Options.
  2. In the Options dialog box, choose the Profiles tab.
  3. On the Profiles tab, select the profile you want to make current.
  4. Choose Set Current. Then choose OK.

Command line OPTIONS
Shortcut menu With no commands active and no objects selected, right-click in the drawing area and choose Options.
You can also initiate a specific profile before starting AutoCAD by using a command line switch.

To make a profile current before starting AutoCAD

  1. On the Windows desktop, right-click the AutoCAD icon to display the shortcut menu.
  2. Choose Properties from the shortcut menu.
  3. In the AutoCAD Properties dialog box, choose the Shortcut tab.
  4. Under Target, enter /p currentprofile after the current target directory. For example, to make the profile User12 current, enter the following in Target:

“c:\acad2000\acad.exe”/p user12

5. Choose OK to exit the dialog box.

The profile name you enter is the current profile each time you start AutoCAD.


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