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Starting up AutoCAD with a default folder for drawings - R13/14
*Applies to: AutoCAD R13 and 14*

With most applications there are some hidden secrets that are rarely discovered.  Autodesk is very open with some of their once kept secrets in the AutoCAD documentation, but there are still some yet unknown to some of us out there.  This tip is about one of the mysterious things that can be done with the AutoCAD shortcut icon and a common term in Windows called command line switch.  There are a lot of applications that use these switches besides AutoCAD to trigger certain behavior on start up.

Step 1 -  Right-click the AutoCAD R14 icon on the Desktop. Then choose Properties.
Step 2 -  In the AutoCAD R14 Properties dialog box, select the Shortcut tab.

Step 3 -  On the Shortcut tab, edit the value for the switch in the Start in box.

Step 4 -  When making changes to the Start in box, C:\My Drawings.  This is the default folder that will be used when you save a drawing for the first time or want to open up a drawing for edit.  You will need to make sure that the folder exists that you are trying to enter in the field.

Step 5 -  Click the OK button to apply changes and exit the dialog box.  Now run AutoCAD and you should see that the splash screen has gone away.

See Also:
Click here to download the listing of all the command line switches