Lesson 2: Take a Quick Tour of AutoCAD Map 3D

Start by becoming familiar with the AutoCAD Map 3D window:

The AutoCAD Map 3D window

To tour the AutoCAD Map 3D application window

  1. Before you begin the tutorial, see Lesson 1: Get Ready to Use the Tutorials.
  2. From the desktop or the Start menu, start AutoCAD Map 3D.
  3. Click .
  4. Navigate to the folder in My Documents where you copied the sample files.
  5. Open SampleMap.dwg.

    An alert may tell you that an undefined drive alias is referenced. If so, click Define and use the following procedure. If not, proceed to “The Ribbon.”

    To define a drive alias

    • The alias you need is already selected. Click in the Actual Path field and click Browse.
    • Navigate to the folder where you copied the sample files. Open that folder and click OK. (Be careful to select the Map 3D Tutorials subfolder, not the parent My Documents folder.)
    • Click Add, and then click Close.

      The sample data location is now mapped to your drive alias. In future, you can open the sample data without defining any further aliases.