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  1. I'm still a little confused but I will come back when I have more time to play around with all of this. I do see view change type indicators in the lower right of my screen when I undo, It will say stuff like "undo object", 'change view" as it counts back (may not be exactly what it says, going by memory)
  2. I always have mine set at 100. I dont notice performance issues with any document I originate, but I do have lagging problems with imported AutoCAD filed from others, like architects whose files look like they get paid per object! It's like playing space invaders to get rid of all the overlaid polygons, etc. to get down to just the lines needed. And I'm not talking about necessary polygons with hatches, etc., I'm talking about white filled polygons that dont need to be there that seem to be traced over the lines behind them. I'll try setting the undos back to a low number and see if it helps performance while dissecting and deleting the massive amount of junk in those files. We sure have strayed form the topic, but this happens everywhere.
  3. There is some good info coming from the back and forth. I wish I had joined and looked around here a long time ago! I do appreciate the undos...a lot, because once in a while I will alter a drawing...say, a cabinet section I've drawn, and use that to make another view of another cabinet section, sort of picking its bones and adding in other stuff. If I'm on the ball, I made a copy of that view to alter; but sometimes I'm so focused on speed I forget and start changing the original. I'll realize it at some point, and now I'm aware enough to make a copy of the changes I made, then undo until the original is restored or as far back as I can, then paste the copy of the progress I had made altering it so I haven't lost that work.
  4. So you are saying a zoom after a series of undos, wipes out all redos? Trying to wrap my head around how this makes sense. Not that it doesn't happen, but it doesn't seem like very good design.
  5. On Windows, there doesn't seem to be an equivalent to command+S. I've tried control, Alt and the Windows key. It would be great to be able to configure multiple functions to key strokes. Even using a key to both exit a text box and activate the selection tool. BUT, I did discover something that makes reaching for the escape key not any faster. I discovered a quick double left click in an a clear area just outside of the text box does exactly what I said above. It exits the text box and activates the selection tool quickly. So I'm removing the escape or enter on the number pad from my keystroke at-a-glance notes. That's the solution for me if I can remember. It's funny because years ago I developed a habit of double clicking anytime I wanted fresh out of anything to be certain I was. Turns out its not a bad habit!
  6. Thanks for the input, All. I'll play around with the command+s. That's the windows key according to the web? I thought "save" was control+S. Speaking of Saving. I have been aggravated in the past that I dont have re-do's in the same qty as un-dos. Called Tech support about it and the person suggested the best they could figure was a recent save. I dont have gobs of re-do's usually but it looks like that may be the problem. Saving seems to affect the re-do's but maybe not the un-dos? I set autosave for a longer duration, but in the unfortunate event I need re-dos right after a save, I'm likely not getting them. I haven't taken the time to force this behavior to prove it exactly. I used to have autosave at very frequent intervals because years ago on an older version the program would lock up on me and I would lose work. I have manually saved more frequently recently when working with CAD file imports because at least 2020 locks up, thats why I was forced to move to 2021 which seems to handle imports better. For some reason, Autocad files from architects give VW fits and makes it sluggish and "not responding". Anyway thats another subject, maybe I'll start a question to see if the community has any suggestions. I HAVE gone the post-it note route and forcing myself to go to the keyboard stroke when I reach for a tool with the mouse. That's a little defeating on the time purpose but will pay off in the end. I have also re-assigned a few tools to different keys closer to the left side of the keyboard so I can hit the combos with one hand. I wish VW was more adaptable that way, and let me decide which keys require an alt, control, etc.. You can assign keys but its not wide open to whatever you want to do. When is the mind reader headset coming out so it can anticipate and select the next tool for me?😉
  7. Thanks Pat, I also just discovered the enter key on the numlock keyboard does the same thing, but the escape is probably better, dont have to take my hand off the mouse or reach over with my left hand. I dont find a way to deselect without clicking the mouse though. That's as fast as a keystroke...maybe faster. I'm trying to see if key-stroking is actually faster than reaching for everything with the mouse. The smart options display isn't for me yet. Too easy to graze it and takes too long to appear at cursor idle, even at 1 second I feel like I have to stop and wait.
  8. I'm training myself to use more keystrokes to activate tools rather than cursor over to the the tool palettes. Something I've noticed for some time is when in a text box, the "X" is obviously just an x while in text box and doesn't not serve the purpose of selecting the selection tool. Is there a key stroke that can exit a text box? Thanks
  9. Justin H, I'd rather not share the template with the public. Is there a way to PM or contact you directly? Premium tech support? I only spoke with tech support verbally and that person didn't not take the step further to ask me to send the example. I would love to also solve the problem of VW getting laggy when importing Autocad files. I sent an example of this once and never got a follow up from VW. On the phone the person was just saying there were a bunch of objects and said he would circle it around the techs and get back to me. I have this problem frequently. It seems VW cant handle the amount of data that can be overlaid by architects (sometimes I wonder what the heck they were thinking ...so much junk). I have to try to work around it, trying to isolate what I need dealing with the delay and program not responding for minutes on end, then copy what I isolated to a fresh document to work efficiently. I'm just drawing in 2-D. I would think a program that can draw 3-D would be able to handle massive data. My computer is fully capable. ThreeDot, I feel you. I have worked around a LOT, but then again I'm not well trained. Most of what I know is handed down or self taught. Every now and then I get a good tech person who can lead me in the right direction. My problem is I dont have hours and days on end to just learn, I have to learn as I draw and sometimes barely have time for that.
  10. I recently just started trying to use VW2021, and the reason is my templates that I have been using for years have a strange behavior in 2021 vs. 2020. I know I am working too hard and my template and drawing system is antiquated but I just dont have time for "school". I have to be drawing stuff, all the time. I use an old school method I borrowed from someone else's document many years ago. It's what I know. It's setup with design layers of scales. 3/8"-12" to full size. The template has loci in the title block for placing text, moving the page around, etc. Suddenly in 2021 if I'm in any other scale design layer than full size or my title block page layer where the loci are placed, also full size; when I scroll zoom in and out, the loci jump to a very large size while scrolling then return to normal when I stop zooming. This doesn't appear to be anything more than a visual distraction. VW support person told me its probably something in the template. But this same template setup has been used since version 8.5 all the way to 2020 and not had this issue. So what support is really telling me is there may be a glitch in the software...because 2021 is the first version that has done this. I thought it must be some sort of view or layer or tools option to toggle...something simple, like I am always running in to, not being a thoroughly trained detailer. I did go to one classroom training but it wasn't focused enough on my specific need. We are so busy, training time is not available and I've been able to produce with what I have. I'd like to use my template with 2021 but I also scroll zoom a lot, so this is aggravating. Attached is a video showing a locus placed in my title page design layer and what happens when I switch layers then zoom in and out. Any ideas are welcome. 20211007_141921.mp4
  11. Well this feature is useless unless I restart the program after sleeping the computer. I like to pick right back up the next day with everything still up and organized on my 3 screens for a big project. After sleeping the PC this feature is totally corrupted and not the way I left it. I've moved on to assigning custom keyboard assignments for my most used tools so I can use one hand for them. I cant wait a full second for smart options to appear and it wont let me use a half second. By the time the smart options appear, my instinct has already grabbed the tool from the pallet or used keystrokes. It's been interesting playing with it though.
  12. Thanks for the Link Tom. One of the reasons I couldn't find the help section on it was I didn't know what it is called! As is the case in so many situations, I was discovering this as I asked the question. Knowing what the feature is called makes a big difference. I have since customized it and trying to get used to using it instead of reaching for the pallet. Letting the program with some files open sleep overnight corrupted the feature though. 3 of 4 of the pallets I customized only showed one tool in each available, I had to close and re-open the program to get them back Thanks again, Tom and Andy
  13. Thanks Andy, I just came back to report I had figured it out, it was the scroll wheel button. Click the scroll wheel and they come up. Is there another way to get them to appear in addition to that? I did see and find the gear icon and customized it. The other thing I didn't know was its called the Smart Options Display. That's why I couldn't search anything for it. Thanks for the other tip too, I'll look in to it.
  14. Please forgive my inexperience. First time posting here. There is a floating tool palette selection that emerges near my cursor at times. I know its for convenient access to tool palettes but I cant figure out how to make it appear when I want it? I realize its probably VW101. Also, is there a way to customize it so the palettes I want are in the 4 corners? Thanks for any help
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