How Do I Open a DGN File in AutoCAD 2014?

Opening a DGN file in AutoCAD 2014 can be done with just a few simple steps. Whether you’re new to AutoCAD or have been using it for years, this tutorial will guide you through the process.

Step 1: Locate the DGN File

If you’ve received a DGN file from a colleague or downloaded it from the internet, make sure you know its location on your computer. This will make it easier to access and open in AutoCAD 2014.

Step 2: Launch AutoCAD 2014

To begin the process, open AutoCAD 2014 on your computer. You can either double-click the shortcut icon on your desktop or search for it in your Start menu.

Step 3: Use the OPEN Command

Once AutoCAD is launched, click on the “Open” button located at the top-left corner of the screen. Alternatively, you can type “OPEN” in the command line and press Enter.

Step 3.1: Select File Type

A dialog box will appear, prompting you to select the file type. In this case, since we want to open a DGN file, we need to change the “Files of type” dropdown menu to “MicroStation Design Files (*.dgn)”.2: Choose the DGN File

Browse to the location where your DGN file is saved and select it by clicking on it once. Then click on the “Open” button.

Step 4: Adjust Import Settings (optional)

In some cases, you might want to adjust import settings before opening the DGN file. For instance, you can specify the import units, layer information, or other options. However, if you’re unsure about these settings, you can skip this step and proceed with the default settings.

Step 5: View and Edit the DGN File

Once the DGN file is successfully opened in AutoCAD 2014, you can view and edit it just like any other AutoCAD drawing. Use familiar commands and tools to make modifications or add new elements to the design.


Opening a DGN file in AutoCAD 2014 is a straightforward process. By following these steps, you’ll be able to access and work with your DGN files seamlessly within AutoCAD. Remember to always save your changes when you’re done editing the file!

Now that you know how to open a DGN file in AutoCAD 2014, you can confidently handle different file formats and collaborate with colleagues using MicroStation.