AutoCAD Steps to Success: Paper Space Model Space

AutoCAD Paper Space Model Space

AutoCAD Paper Space Model Space

This month I had the pleasure of teaching three different AutoCAD Intermediate classes, the most requested feature to learn was Paper Space / Model Space also know as Layouts.  As a class, we decided that it would be prudent to spend a lot of time going over Layouts.

As we talked about in class, you can think of Paper Space as your paper, maybe that’s why it’s called Paper Space. You can think of Model Space as a hole cut in your paper and monitor placed behind the paper.  You can zoom in and out, thus changing the scale; you can pan, change the position of your model; and rotate your monitor changing the angle of the drawing.


  1. Select or create a Layout from the tabs at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Setup your page size with the Page Setup Manager by right clicking on the layout you wish to change.
    1. Change the Printer Name.
    2. Change the Paper Size.
    3. Make sure the Plot Area is Layout.
    4. Make sure the Scale is 1:1
  3. Insert your Title Block using the insert command.
    1. Insertion point: 0,0,0
    2. Scale = 1
    3. Rotation = 0
    4. Change Layer of Title Block to the correct layer.
  4.  Create or fix your MVIEW.
    1. Change the Layer of your MVIEW to the correct layer.
      Hint: Make the MVIEW layer “no plot” to hide the box when plotting.
    2. Move MVIEW to is correct place.
    3. Resize your MVIEW using grips.
    4. Make your MVIEW active by double clicking
    5. Zoom to about the area you want to display using your scroll wheel
    6. Change the Scale of the View using the Viewport Scale at the lower right of the screen.
    7. Pan your drawing to fit where you want it.
    8. Lock your viewport using the lock near the Viewport Scale.
      The reason that the lock button is near the Viewport Scale is so you can check your scale before you lock it.

Paper Space / Model Space in AutoCAD is a hard concept to grasp at first, but it’s one of those concepts that just seems to a “aha moment” when you aren’t thinking about it.

Here is a video that shows you the steps:

For the AutoCAD History nuts out there:

Paper Space / Model Space was introduced in AutoCAD R11 in October 1990.  Then In March 1999 with AutoCAD 2000, Layouts or multiple Paper Space tabs was introduced to the world.  If you would like more AutoCAD History head over to Between the Lines

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