By Dennis Collin
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:
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.