Specifying Search Paths, File Names, and File Locations in AutoCAD

The Files tab of the Options dialog box is where you set the search path AutoCAD uses to find support files such as text fonts, drawings, linetypes, and hatch patterns. The working support file search path lists paths from the support file search path that are valid and exist in the current system directory structure (including system network mapping). Using these options helps improve performance when AutoCAD loads these files.

You also can specify the location of temporary files on the Files tab. AutoCAD creates temporary files on disk, and then deletes them when you exit AutoCAD. AutoCAD sets the temporary directory to the location that Microsoft® Windows® uses. If you plan to run AutoCAD from a write-protected directory (for example, if you work on a network or open files on a CD), specify a different location for your temporary files. The directory you specify must not be write-protected, and the drive containing the directory should have sufficient disk space for the temporary files.

If you want to use a custom menu, specify it in the Menu, Help, and Miscellaneous File Names box. The default menu is acad.mnu.

Other search paths, file names, and file locations on the Files tab include

  • Device driver file search path
  • Project files search path
  • Text editor, dictionary, and font file names
  • Print file, spooler, and prolog section names (the prolog section of the acad.psf file can be customized to override AutoCAD postcript code when using PSOUT)
  • Printer support file path
  • Search path for ObjectARX applications
  • Automatic-save file location
  • Data sources location
  • Drawing template file location
  • Log file location
  • Temporary drawing file location
  • Temporary external reference file location
  • Texture maps search path

To change a search path

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Options.
  2. In the Options dialog box, choose the Files tab.
  3. On the Files tab, click the plus sign (+) to the left of the kind of path you want to change.
  4. Select the path you want to change.
  5. Choose Browse, and then search drives and directories until you find the one you want.
  6. Select the drive and directory you want to use, and 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.

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