Have You Tried: Restore, Repair, and Recover Drawings in AutoCAD

Recover Drawings in AutoCAD Feature

We have another great Have You Tried for you! 

Have you ever had a drawing with errors detected when you tried to open it after AutoCAD closed unexpectedly? Or received a drawing from a customer or subcontractor that won’t open?  This month we’re going to share some tools and techniques to help you recover and audit drawings when errors are detected when opening them.  

In this new Have You Tried, we’ll cover the following techniques for recovering a drawing with errors:

  • Restore backup and automatically save drawing files
  • Audit and repair an open drawing
  • Recover drawings after an unexpected closure

Learn how to restore, repair, and recover drawings with the step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Restore, Repair, and Recover Drawings topic.

AutoCAD Drawing Audit Options


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Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

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