How Do I Set Layout in AutoCAD?

Setting Layout in AutoCAD is an essential aspect of creating professional and visually pleasing designs. In this tutorial, we will explore the step-by-step process of setting up a layout in AutoCAD using various HTML styling elements to make the content engaging and organized.

Step 1: Open AutoCAD and create a new drawing
To begin, launch AutoCAD and open a new drawing. You can choose the metric or imperial unit system based on your preference.

Step 2: Access the Layout tab
Once you have created a new drawing, navigate to the Layout tab located at the bottom of the screen. This tab allows you to manage multiple layouts within a single drawing file.

Step 3: Create a new layout
To create a new layout, right-click on the “Model” tab and select “Page Setup Manager” from the context menu. A dialog box will appear displaying all existing layouts in your drawing.

Note: If you are working with an existing layout, you can skip this step and proceed to Step 4.

Step 4: Set up page settings
In the Page Setup Manager dialog box, click on the “New” button to create a new layout. Enter a name for your layout in the “Name” field and select an appropriate printer/plotter from the “Printer/Plotter” dropdown menu.

Next, choose a paper size from the “Paper Size” dropdown menu. You can also customize the paper size by clicking on the “Modify” button if needed. Specify other settings such as plot style table, plot scale, plot area, etc., according to your requirements.

Step 5: Configure viewport settings
Viewport settings determine how your model space is displayed within each layout view. In AutoCAD, you can have multiple viewports within a single layout.

To configure viewport settings, select the desired layout from the Page Setup Manager dialog box and click on the “Modify” button. In the Modify Layout dialog box, you can adjust viewport properties such as scale, orientation, and display settings.

Step 6: Organize layout elements
Now that you have created a new layout and configured viewport settings, it’s time to organize your design elements within the layout.

  • Add title block: You can add a title block by inserting a block or by drawing it using AutoCAD tools. A title block typically contains information such as project name, author, date, etc.
  • Arrange viewports: Use the “Move” command to position and align viewports within the layout. You can also adjust their size if necessary.
  • Add annotations: Add dimensions, text labels, and other annotations to provide clarity and context to your design.

Step 7: Save your layout
Once you have organized all the necessary elements within your layout, save your work by clicking on the “Save” button in AutoCAD or using the Ctrl + S keyboard shortcut. Saving frequently ensures that you don’t lose any progress.


Setting up layouts in AutoCAD is crucial for presenting your designs effectively. By following these steps, you can create well-organized layouts with properly configured viewports and annotations. Remember to save your work regularly to avoid any potential data loss.

Additional Tips:

  • If you want to quickly switch between layouts, use the “Layout Tabs” control located at the bottom of the drawing area.
  • You can customize various aspects of your layouts such as background color, grid display, layer visibility, etc., by accessing the “Layout” panel in the “Options” dialog box.

Now that you have learned how to set up a layout in AutoCAD, you can apply these techniques to enhance your design presentations and improve your workflow.