All you need to know about AutoCAD clipboard

When you copy data from drawing it is temporarily parked in the clipboard and when you paste that data then it is accessed from that clipboard. AutoCAD clipboard has many tools that which can help you in transferring data more precisely and selectively.

In this article, I will explain some of the interesting and useful AutoCAD clipboard commands.

AutoCAD clipboardCOPYBASE:

This command will let you select objects with a base point. Type COPYBASE on the command line and press enter, then select the base point from drawing area and select objects which you want to copy and press enter again.

When you paste drawing AutoCAD will prompt you to specify point where you want to place the object, this helps in placing your drawing precisely. You can use PASTECLIP to paste this drawing in the same drawing or in another drawing as well.

COPYCLIP:

This command is also similar to COPYBASE but with the exception of the base point. In this case, only objects will be copied to clipboard and command will not prompt you to specify any base point.

CUTCLIP:

It will cut original drawing from its original location and hence original drawing will be deleted you can then paste this drawing from clipboard to any other location on same drawing or another drawing as well.

PASTECLIP:

The obvious paste command for AutoCAD, this command will paste clipboard object in currently opened drawing you can use this command to paste drawing objects in multiple drawings as well.

PASTEBLOCK:

As the command suggests it will paste copied object as a block in the current drawing. After pasting this drawing as a block you will find that AutoCAD will assign a completely random string of characters to its name which looks like A$605D409A but you can rename this block to something meaningful by using RENAME command.

PASTEORIG:

This command will paste objects copied from one drawing to other drawing retaining their original coordinates. If you copy objects using COPYBASE command then also it will not prompt you for a base point while applying PASTEORIG and it will paste objects maintaining their original coordinate values.

PASTEASHYPERLINK:

This command will paste hyperlink of the selected object to the AutoCAD drawing irrespective of what the selected object is. For example, if you have a PDF document on the desktop of your PC and you want to associate it with any drawing object then copy that PDF now open the drawing and type PATEASHYPERLINK on the command line then select drawing objects and press enter.

Once you are done with this process move your cursor to the object in drawing then press and hold Ctrl key on the keyboard and click on the drawing object you will notice that PDF document linked to it will open.

There are also some interesting ways in which other copy commands of AutoCAD work and one such command is COPYM which gives you an ability to perform multiple tasks with a single command. Do you have questions related to this tip? Let me know in comments below.

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I am a mechanical engineer and I have worked with Design, Manufacturing and Training industries but now SourceCAD is my full-time work and I use it to train students all over the world. I also train corporate clients and help them develop the skill set of their workforce. I am Autodesk AutoCAD Certified Professional and an Autodesk expert elite member. I am a regular contributor of AUGI World magazine and apart from SourceCAD I also develop AutoCAD video courses for Pluralsight and other E-Learning businesses.

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  1. stoyan October 4, 2018 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Very useful explanations! Thank you.

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