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Starting up AutoCAD with a default folder for drawings - 2000 & up
*Applies to: AutoCAD 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004 and 2005*

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 R2000 icon on the Desktop. Then choose Properties.
Step 2 -  In the AutoCAD R2000 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.

Step 6 -  You will need to also change the system variable with in AutoCAD called REMEMBERFOLDERS to a value of 0.  This will cause AutoCAD to behave like prior release of AutoCAD such as R14.

Command Line
Command: rememberfolders
Enter new value for REMEMBERFOLDERS <1>: 0

0 (OFF) -  Restores the behavior of AutoCAD 2000 to that of previous releases. When AutoCAD is started by double-clicking on a desktop icon, the path that is stated in the Start in is used as the default for all standard file selection dialog boxes.

1 (ON) -  The last valid path that was used by any standard file selection dialog box is remembered across all and within the current AutoCAD session.  The Start in field is ignored when set.

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