How Do I Access the Symbol Library in AutoCAD?

Are you an AutoCAD user looking to enhance your designs with symbols? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will explore how to access the symbol library in AutoCAD and make your designs stand out. Let’s dive in!

Accessing the Symbol Library

AutoCAD provides a vast collection of symbols that can be easily accessed through the DesignCenter feature. To open DesignCenter, you can use one of the following methods:

  • Method 1: Click on the View tab in the top navigation bar, and then select Palettes. From the dropdown menu, choose DesignCenter.
  • Method 2: Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut by pressing Ctrl + 2.


Browsing Symbols

The DesignCenter window will appear on your screen. On the left-hand side, you will find a tree view with different categories such as Blocks, Drawings, and Favorites. Expand the Blocks category to reveal a variety of symbol libraries.

To browse through the available symbol libraries, simply click on the desired library name. The contents of that library will be displayed on the right-hand side of the window.

Loading Symbols into Your Drawing

To load a symbol into your drawing, follow these steps:

  1. Select the desired symbol from the library.
  2. Method 1: Drag and drop the symbol directly into your drawing area.
  3. Method 2: Right-click on the symbol and choose Insert.

Loading Symbol

Your cursor will change to a pickbox, indicating that you are in insertion mode. Simply click on the desired location in your drawing to place the symbol. You can also specify the scale and rotation angle if needed.

Creating Your Own Symbol Library

If you frequently use specific symbols, it may be helpful to create your own symbol library for easy access. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. In the DesignCenter window, navigate to the desired block or drawing that contains the symbols you want to add to your library.
  2. Drag and drop the symbols into the Favorites category in the tree view on the left-hand side.


Your custom symbols are now easily accessible under the Favorites category in DesignCenter. This allows you to quickly load them into any of your drawings without searching through different libraries.


The symbol library in AutoCAD is a powerful resource that can greatly enhance your design workflow. By accessing DesignCenter, you can browse through various symbol libraries and effortlessly load them into your drawings.

Additionally, creating your own custom symbol library allows for even greater convenience and efficiency. Start exploring the symbol library today and take your designs to new heights!