How to Change the Isometric View in AutoCAD Paper Space

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How to Change the Isometric View in AutoCAD Paper Space
AutoCAD models require separate views to represent three-dimensional models on a flat monitor. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Autodesk AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) application that drafts and prints drawing documents. AutoCAD produces three-dimensional models, as well as two-dimensional models, so it is necessary to use three-dimensional projections, such as isometric views and perspective views. The application also has multiple viewports to lay out drawings and model views from the AutoCAD project file. These layouts are in "Paper Space," which are scaled for print, rather than AutoCAD's default "Model Space." Changing the views in the paper space viewports is the same as changing the views in model space for AutoCAD 2000 through 2012.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open AutoCAD. Select "Open" in the "File" menu, browse to and select your file, and click the "Open" button.

  2. 2

    Click the "Paper Space" view tab at the bottom of the AutoCAD window to open the layout with an isometric view. Double-click inside the isometric view.

  3. 3

    Type "View" in the command line. Type the view you prefer, such as "Top," "Bottom," "Left" or "Right," and press the "Enter" or "Return" key. The view will change in your paper space viewport. Type "Orbit" in the command line to adjust the model into another three-dimensional projection.

  4. 4

    Double-click outside the viewport to exit the view.

Tips and warnings

  • AutoCAD 2010 through 2012 provide a navigation tool in the upper right corner of an active viewport to change the view orientation, as well. Click on the sides of the box to change the projection.

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