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Saving your drawing
When you save a drawing, your work is saved in a drawing (.dwg) file.
After you have saved your drawing for the first time, you can save it with a new
name. In addition to drawing (.dwg) files, you can also save a drawing in a Drawing
Exchange Format (.dxf) file or a drawing template (.dwt) file.
If you created your drawing using a template, saving the drawing does not alter the original template.
If you need an added level of security for your drawing files, you can save the drawing with a password so only you and those who know the password can open the drawing.
Saving a drawing
To save a drawing, choose any of the following methods to choose Save.
When you save a drawing the first time, the program displays the Save Drawing As dialog box so that you can choose a directory and type a name for the drawing. You can use any name when you first save the drawing.
Saving a drawing with a new name or file format
You can save a drawing with a new name and in any of the following file formats:
• Standard drawing files with a .dwg extension. You can choose a .dwg file format that is compatible with various versions of AutoCAD.
• Drawing Exchange Format files with a .dxf file extension. You can choose a .dxf file format that is compatible with various versions of AutoCAD.
• Drawing templates with a .dwt file extension. Drawing templates allow you to easily create new drawings that reuse your drawing settings and entities.
Drawings can also be saved by exporting to various file formats.
Saving a drawing with a password
Sometimes drawings may contain confidential information and you want to control who has access to that information. If you need an added level of security, you can save a drawing with a password so only you and those who know the password can open the drawing.
To save a drawing with a password, you must save it as a .dwg file for AutoCAD Version 2004 or newer.
Record passwords or use familiar words.
If you forget a drawing’s password, the drawing cannot be opened or recovered. You may want to store all passwords in a safe place.
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