Beginning AutoCAD® 2021 Exercise Workbook

Beginning AutoCAD® 2021 Exercise Workbook For Windows®

Cheryl R. Shrock and Steve Heather


This is the printed version. For the eBook version click here.



There’s simply no better resource for anyone learning about and/or teaching CAD software than the Beginning AutoCAD® Exercise Workbook.


Veteran AutoCAD experts and former instructors Shrock and Heather have packed the 2021 version with a vastly improved interior design layout, 30 in-depth lessons with hundreds of useful practice exercises, and all new screenshots, along with tried and true features such as “CAD tips” and side-by-side metric/inch measurements. The detailed, step-by-step format makes mastering AutoCAD much easier, in or out of a formal classroom. 


New and/or Improved Features in Beginning AutoCAD 2021:

  • Streamlined Trim and Extend command—Boundary edges are now selected automatically, making trimming or extending objects far more efficient.
  • Revision Cloud enhancements—Users can use one value that measures the chord distance between the end points of each cloud arc to create more consistent revision clouds.
  • Measure Geometry: Quick Measure—The area and perimeter of closed objects (and even multiple objects) can be measured with a simple click, all in one go.
  • Beginning AutoCAD 2021 contains more content than ever before, yet has been redesigned and reduced by more than 100 pages, making it more manageable to read and carry.


To download a zipped file containing the supplied preset drawings mentioned and used in this book click here.

Cheryl Shrock is a retired Professor and Chairperson of Computer Aided Design at Orange Coast College in California. The AutoCAD Exercise Workbooks are the result of both her teaching skills and her industry experience. She is an Autodesk® registered author.


Steve Heather has more than 30 years of experience as a practicing mechanical engineer, and has taught AutoCAD to engineering and architectural students at the college level. He is a Beta Tester for Autodesk®, testing the latest AutoCAD software, and a member of the AutoCAD® Customer Council.

Partial Table of Contents


  • Starting AutoCAD
  • Creating & Using a Template
  • Selecting a Command
  • Drawing Lines
  • Erase
  • Undo and Redo
  • Starting a New Drawing
  • Opening Multiple Files
  • Automatic Save
  • Circle
  • Rectangle
  • Grid and Increment Snap
  • Transparency
  • Object Snap
  • Zoom
  • Drawing Setup
  • Polygon
  • Ellipse
  • Point
  • Break
  • Trim
  • Extend
  • Move
  • Drag
  • Explode
  • Copy
  • Mirror
  • Fillet
  • Chamfer
  • Single & Multiline Text
  • Tabs & Indents
  • Columns
  • Paragraph & Line Spacing
  • Editing
  • Coordinate Input
  • Absolute Coordinates
  • Direct Distance Entry (DDE)
  • Measure Tools
  • Moving the Origin
  • Displaying the UCS Icon
  • Polar Coordinate Input
  • Dynamic Input
  • Polar Tracking
  • Using Polar Tracking & DDE
  • Polar Snap
  • Offset
  • Properties Palette
  • Quick Properties Panel
  • Array
  • Scale: Stretch: Rotate
  • Hatch Types
  • Editing Hatch Set Properties
  • Linear, Continue, & Baseline Dimensioning
  • Ignoring Hatch Objects
  • Editing Dimension Text Values
  • Modifying a Dimension Style
  • Dimension Breaks
  • Jogging a Dimension Line
  • Adjusting the Distance Between Dimensions
  • Dimensioning Diameters & Radii
  • Angular Dimensioning
  • Center Mark—Automatic & Manual
  • Centerline
  • Flip Arrow
  • Creating a Multileader Style
  • Special Text Characters
  • Dim Command


and much more!