How to Copy & Paste in AutoCAD

Using copy and paste in AutoCAD, objects can be cut and pasted so they don't have to be redrawn. This can be performed with objects within a drawing or the entire drawing. Objects also can be copied between drawings. Use the Windows shortcuts or AutoCAD's tools available from the contextual sub menus. The AutoCAD copy-and-paste tools give further options to ensure the accuracy of your drawings.

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Copy and pasting drawings or drawing objects is easy in AutoCAD.

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Open the drawing you that contains the object you need to copy. Select the object or objects using whichever method best suits. To select everything in the drawing use "Ctrl+A."

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Right click your mouse after the objects are selected. A contextual sub menu will appear. Select "Clipboard" and "Paste" and the object will be placed on the clipboard.

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Open the drawing you want to add the object to. If it is a new drawing, it must be created and can be done with the original drawing still open.

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Paste the object in the same drawing by right clicking again. From the sub menu choose "Clipboard>Paste." If you are pasting into a different drawing, on the "Ribbon> Home" tab, go to the Clipboard panel and choose "Paste." The object will appear by the cross hair cursor.

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Left click to place the object into the drawing. The object's properties are also added. This includes the objects' color, layer, etc.