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Drawing template in Autocad

Drawing template in Autocad

Drawing template in Autocad

Hi All,
I want to understand the difference between drawing template file and Drawing file.Need your guidance please.
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RE: Drawing template in Autocad

I am not an expert in CAD but for me a template CAD file is a blank drawing where you fix all the design variables as you like. For instance, number and names of layers and their colors, units (mm, cm, m, in, ft, etc), tools, etc.
Drawing file is a finished drawing, done by you using the template drwg file or done by someone else where all settings can be different from yours

RE: Drawing template in Autocad

Hi robyengIt,
Thanks a lot for your reply.am expecting more answers on this.

RE: Drawing template in Autocad

This link, and much more detailed information, are easy to find using Google and the Autodesk website:


No one believes the theory except the one who developed it. Everyone believes the experiment except the one who ran it.

RE: Drawing template in Autocad

Thank you sparweb.

RE: Drawing template in Autocad

Before there were "template" drawings, we tried to save all our settings on "standard background" drawings for this purpose, but they were continually renamed for specific uses and the original "standard background" drawings were overwritten and lost forever.

RE: Drawing template in Autocad

There is no magic to a template file. They are identical files to drawing files. They have different extensions. You can rename a DWG file with the DWT extension and vice-versa with no ill effects. DWT template files are intended to be used when you start a new drawing and they resist being saved over, prompting you for a new name that will automatically have a DWG extension (unless you specify another extension or file type). If you have the discipline you can open any DWG drawing and do a SaveAs with the same effect and call it a template drawing with or without the DWT extension. Template drawings have their own folder which makes them easier to find than DWG files since the program knows where to go for DWT files. They are identical in usage to Word, Excel and many many other programs that use templates.

RE: Drawing template in Autocad

Excellent answer.

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