How Do I Fix Enter Name of Drawing to Open in AutoCAD?

Have you ever encountered the frustrating situation where you try to open a drawing in AutoCAD, but an error message pops up saying “Enter Name of Drawing to Open”? If you have, don’t worry!

This issue can be easily fixed with a few simple steps. In this article, we will guide you through the process of resolving this problem.

Step 1: Check the File Path

If you encounter the “Enter Name of Drawing to Open” error, the first thing you should do is double-check the file path. Ensure that you are specifying the correct location of the drawing file. Sometimes, a simple typo in the file path can cause this error message to appear.

Step 2: Verify File Extension

AutoCAD requires drawing files to have specific extensions such as .dwg or .dxf. If your drawing file has a different extension or is missing an extension altogether, AutoCAD may not recognize it. To fix this issue, rename your drawing file and make sure it has the correct extension.

Step 3: Use the Open command

If the previous steps didn’t resolve the problem, try using AutoCAD’s Open command instead of double-clicking on the drawing file. To do this:

  1. Launch AutoCAD and go to the application menu (the ‘A’ icon in the top-left corner).

  2. Select “Open” from the menu.

  3. In the “Select File” dialog box, navigate to and select your drawing file.

  4. Click on “Open” to open your drawing.

Step 4: Repair or Reinstall AutoCAD

If none of the above steps work, it is possible that there might be an issue with your AutoCAD installation. To fix this, you can try repairing or reinstalling AutoCAD. Here’s how:

Repair AutoCAD

  1. Open the Control Panel on your computer.

  2. Select “Programs” or “Programs and Features”.

  3. Locate AutoCAD in the list of installed programs and select it.

  4. Click on “Repair” to start the repair process.

Reinstall AutoCAD

If repairing AutoCAD doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to uninstall and reinstall it. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Control Panel on your computer.

  2. Click on “Uninstall” to remove AutoCAD from your system.

  3. Visit the official Autodesk website and download the latest version of AutoCAD.

  4. Run the installer file and follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall AutoCAD.

In Conclusion

The “Enter Name of Drawing to Open” error in AutoCAD can be frustrating, but with these troubleshooting steps, you should be able to resolve it in no time. Remember to check the file path, verify the file extension, and use the Open command.

If all else fails, try repairing or reinstalling AutoCAD. Hopefully, this guide has helped you fix the issue and get back to your drawing projects with ease!