Special Notices

Please note: for Attend from Anywhere customers an additional screen is required for this course to work through remote desktop labs and view training information. AfA customers must also have AutoCAD installed on their computers.


The AutoCAD® 2019: Beyond the Basics course is designed for those using AutoCAD® 2019 with a Windows operating system. This learning guide is not designed for the AutoCAD for Mac software.
The AutoCAD® 2019: Beyond the Basics guide continues on from the topics covered in the AutoCAD® 2019: Essentials guide. It covers more sophisticated techniques that extend your mastery of the software. For example, here you go beyond the basic skill of using a template to understand the process of setting up a template, creating annotation styles, and how to work with external references.


  • Knowledge of AutoCAD basics as taught in AutoCAD: Essentials, or equivalent experience.
  • A working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology.
  • A working knowledge of your operating system.

Please note - AFA (Attend from Anywhere) attendees must use the software provided by QA via GoToMyPC, or use their own registered software that is already installed on their own PC/laptop. Dual monitor setup is required for when attending this course via the QA Attend from Anywhere delivery method

Delegates will learn how to

You will learn such skills as:
  • Using more advanced editing and construction techniques.
  • Adding parametric constraints to objects.
  • Creating local and global blocks.
  • Setting up layers, styles, and templates.
  • Attaching External References.


Chapter 1: Working Effectively with AutoCAD
  • Creating a Custom Workspace
  • Docking and Hiding Palettes
  • Setting Up the Ribbon
  • Practice 1a Setting Up Workspaces
  • Using the Keyboard Effectively
  • Command Aliases
  • Shortcut Keys
  • Function Keys
  • Practice 1b Using the Keyboard Effectively
  • Object Creation, Selection, and Visibility
  • Object Creation
  • Selecting Similar Objects
  • Object Selection Cycling
  • Object Visibility
  • Setting Transparency
  • Practice 1c Object Creation, Selection, and Visibility
  • Working in Multiple Drawings
  • File Tabs
  • Selecting Drawings in the Application Menu
  • Copying and Pasting Between Drawings
  • Match Properties Across Drawings
  • Practice 1d Working in Multiple Drawings
  • Using Grips Effectively
  • Changing the Base Point
  • Copying with Grips
  • Rotate and Scale with the Reference Option
  • Stretching Multiple Objects
  • Grip Settings
  • Practice 1e Using Grips Effectively
  • Additional Layer Tools
  • Changing Object Layer States
  • Isolating Layers
  • Changing an Object’s Layer
  • Modifying Layers
  • Layer Walk
  • Practice 1f Layer Tools
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 2: Accurate Positioning
  • Coordinate Entry
  • Absolute Cartesian Coordinates (X,Y)
  • Relative Cartesian Coordinates (@X,Y)
  • Relative Polar Coordinates (@Distance< Angle)
  • Notes on Coordinate Entry
  • Practice 2a Drawing Using Coordinate Entry
  • Locating Points with Tracking
  • Object Snap Tracking Review
  • Temporary Track Point
  • Practice 2b Locating Points with Tracking (Mechanical)
  • Practice 2c Locating Points with Tracking (Architectural)
  • Construction Lines
  • Construction Lines
  • Rays
  • Practice 2d Construction Lines
  • Placing Reference Points
  • Creating Groups of Points
  • Practice 2e Placing Points
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 3: Projects: Productivity Tools
  • Schematic Project: Purifier Unit
  • Mechanical Project: 2 Views
  • Architectural/Civil Project: Formal Garden
  • Mechanical Project: Cover Plate
  • Architectural Project: Addition
  • Mechanical Project: Block
  • Mechanical Project: Plate
Chapter 4: Parametric Drawing
  • Working with Constraints
  • Geometric Constraints
  • Auto Constraining Objects
  • Specifying Geometric Constraints
  • Constraint Bars
  • Modifying Geometrical Constraints
  • Deleting Constraints
  • Constraint Settings
  • Dimensional Constraints
  • Modifying Dimensional Constraints
  • Formulas in Constraints
  • Practice 4a Working with Constraints
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 5: Working with Blocks
  • Creating Blocks
  • Creating Single Named Objects
  • Block Settings
  • Creating Drawing Files from Objects (WBlock)
  • Editing Blocks
  • Practice 5a Create and Edit Blocks
  • Removing Unused Elements
  • Practice 5b Purging
  • Adding Blocks to Tool Palettes
  • Modifying Tool Properties in Tool Palettes
  • Modifying Tool Properties
  • Redefining Blocks in Tool Palettes
  • Practice 5c Modifying Tool Properties
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 6: Projects: Creating and Organizing Blocks
  • Mechanical Project: Control Panel
  • Architectural Project: Furniture Layout
  • Civil Project: Utility Layout
Chapter 7: Creating Templates
  • Why Use Templates?
  • Drawing Standards
  • Controlling Units Display
  • Drawing Limits
  • Creating New Layers
  • Layer Properties Manager
  • Other Layer Options
  • Adding Standard Layouts to Templates
  • Working in the Page Setup Manager
  • Setting Up Layouts to Use in a Template
  • Saving Templates
  • Practice 7a Saving a Template
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 8: Working with Layouts
  • Creating and Using Named Views
  • Advanced Viewport Options
  • Creating Viewports from Named Views
  • Clipping Viewports
  • Layer Overrides in Viewports
  • Overriding Layer Properties in Viewports
  • Freezing Layers in Viewports
  • Practice 8a Viewports and Named Views
  • Annotative Scale Features
  • Modifying Annotative Object Scales
  • Practice 8b Annotative Scale Features
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 9: Annotation Styles
  • Creating Text Styles
  • Practice 9a Creating and Using Text Styles
  • Creating Dimension Styles
  • Modifying Dimension Styles
  • Creating Dimension Sub-Styles
  • Practice 9b Creating Dimension Styles (Architectural)
  • Practice 9c Dimension Styles (Mechanical)
  • Creating Multileader Styles
  • Practice 9d Creating Multileader Styles
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 10: Projects: Drawing Setup and Utilities
  • Interiors Project
  • Mechanical/Schematic Project
  • Civil/Map Project
  • Mechanical Project: Dimension Styles
Chapter 11: External References
  • Attaching External References
  • External References Palette
  • Modifying External References
  • Opening Reference Files
  • Detaching and Unloading Reference Files
  • Clipping Reference Files
  • Modifying References
  • Reference File Properties
  • DWF Specific Adjustments
  • Xref Specific Information
  • Attachments vs
  • Xref Layers
  • Binding Drawing Reference Files
  • Binding Drawing Reference File Components
  • Demand Loading
  • Practice 11a Attaching External References
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 12: Projects: Drawing
  • ISO A1 Title Block
  • Mechanical Project: Drill Press Base
  • Architectural Project: Office Tower
  • P&ID Project: Oil Lubrication System
  • Civil Project: Warehouse Site

The following appendix topics will be discussed - providing there is time to do so:

  • Appendix A: Optional Topics
  • Using QuickCalc
  • Additional Zoom Commands
  • Additional Text Tools
  • Creating Single Line Text
  • Editing Single Line Text
  • Justify Text
  • Scale Text
  • Model Space Text and Paper Space Text
  • Convert Text to Mtext
  • Additional Dimensioning Tools
  • Dimension Style Manager
  • Inspection Dimensions
  • Creating Boundaries and Regions
  • Creating Boundaries
  • Working with Regions
  • Combining Regions
  • Modifying Length
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary

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