How to Insert a Drawing Sheet in Paper Space in AutoCAD

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How to Insert a Drawing Sheet in Paper Space in AutoCAD
Drawing sheets added into AutoCAD's Paper Space (architects tools image by Chad McDermott from

AutoCAD drawings are created in Model Space. To plot them, you use Paper Space. Whereas in Model Space you draw the objects full size, in Paper Space you work with them as they will be printed. To make a drawing neat and to guarantee it fits onto the page, a drawing sheet is used, complete with border and title block. Once you have created your drawing sheet, you can add it to any drawing, making your work consistent and professional.

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  1. 1

    Create the drawing sheet that you want to insert. Do this in Model Space and draw it at a size that fits onto the sheet of paper you want to print on. Include a border and a title block with spaces for drawing title and date, scale and other necessary information.

  2. 2

    Once you have created the drawing sheet, make it into a block and then save the drawing, remembering where you have saved it. By creating a block, your drawing sheet is now usable in any drawing.

  3. 3

    Open the drawing you want to use the drawing sheet in. Go to a layout tab set to the paper size you need and then open the AutoCAD Design Center by pressing Ctrl+2.

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    In the Design Center, navigate to where you saved your drawing sheet. Click on the drawing file and a set of icons will appear in the right-hand pane of the Design Center. Click on the Blocks icon.

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    Your drawing sheet block will be shown as a small preview. Click and drag the block onto the layout. You can now edit the text in the title block to show what the drawing is. Adjust the Viewport to make sure the drawing is not obscured by the drawing sheet's title block.

Tips and warnings

  • By creating a drawing sheet block via the Design Center, you can add the block to any drawings that need it. Create a drawing sheet for each size of paper you will need to plot to. All the blocks can be contained in one drawing file.

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