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    By Dennis Collin

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    A frequent question I often get from AutoCAD users, is where I can locate such files which store things like Hatch Patterns, Linetypes and Keyboard shortcuts?

    Typically, the files are often stored in a support folder like:

    C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2020\R23.1\enu\Support

    Although, sometimes they can be held elsewhere.

    Whilst this information can be obtained from the Options command, a quicker method is available. Within AutoCAD, users can type in on the command line:

    (findfile "acadiso.lin")  <enter>

    AutoCAD will return the directory path where that file is located, if referenced in the AutoCAD support path.

    Typical definition files include:

    ACADISO.PAT – Metric Hatch Pattern

    ACAD.PAT – Imperial Hatch Pattern

    ACADISO.LIN – Metric Linetype

    ACAD.LIN – Imperial Linetype

    ACAD.PGP – Keyboard Shortcuts

    Once located these files can be edited to provide bespoke hatch patterns, linetypes and custom shortcuts as appropriate, using a simple text editor like Windows Notepad.