Zoom, zoom zoom

by Seth Cohen, CADmanage.com

Ok, so we’re going to get down to the basics here, what is the best way to zoom in AutoCAD and MicroStation?  Well, as it turns out, they both work exactly the same (for the most part).  Basically, you use the middle mouse button by itself, or with some kind of keyboard combination.

Zoom in
Simple one here, wheel towards your computer to zoom in, and wheel towards you to zoom out.  Associated variables or settings:

AutoCAD
ZOOMFACTOR variable

MicroStation
In the Preferences dialog box > Mouse Wheel Category

Pan
Even simpler, hold the middle mouse button.  Associated variables or settings:

AutoCAD
MBUTTONPAN will toggle whether the middle mouse button will support the action defined in the CUI  file or pan.

MicroStation
You can also pan by holding down the SHIFT+Left Mouse Button, and moving your mouse.

Zoom Extents
Double-click the middle mouse button.  Associated variables or settings:

AutoCAD
None

MicroStation
None

3D Orbit
Hold down the SHIFT+Middle Mouse Button, and move your mouse.  Associated variables or settings:

AutoCAD
None

MicroStation
If you snap (left+right mouse buttons) to an element, you will center the 3D orbit point.

And that’s it!

“Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.”  …………G.I. Joe

2 responses to “Zoom, zoom zoom”

  1. LAG-FK says :

    Hello,
    PAN etc. – have attached a link for MicroStation

    http://www.ustation.ru/apan.html

    best Regards
    LAG-FK

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