How to Import Shapefiles in AutoCAD 2011

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AutoCAD is a program by Autodesk used by designers to draft on the computer. In some cases, reference files or shapefiles must be imported as references for drawings. It is important to understand how to import images or shape files in order to have accurate drawings. Also, it is important to understand how to scale these images while in AutoCAD to make the drawing more feasible.

  • Open your AutoCAD program in your program files or through a shortcut link on your desktop.

  • Type the word "Image" in the command bar located at the bottom of the screen. To enter a command, simply start typing at any point as this will automatically enter the command into the command bar. Hit "Enter" on your keyboard. The "External References" window appears after you have entered this command.

  • Right-click the large white area of the "External References" window. Click "Attach Image." The "Select Image File" window appears.

  • Browse for the shapefile you wish to insert and select it by clicking on it. Click "Open." Notice that the "Image" window appears after you have clicked "Open."

  • Click the "OK" button in the "Image" window. The outline of the shapefile will now appear on your drawing and you are now able to place it wherever you want simply by clicking once. You can also scale the image by simply typing in the the scale of the image before placing the image.

  • Rotate the shapefile if desired by clicking the "Rotate" button, which is on the home screen under the "Modify" tab. Similar to scaling or entering any command in AutoCAD, simply begin typing the angle of degree once you have selected the "Rotate" button to automatically rotate the image to the desired position. Hit "Enter" on your keyboard to enter the degree command.

Tips & Warnings

  • This process can also be used for importing DWG files or any other image files.
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