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LibreCAD Quick Start Guide

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Getting started

If you are new to Computer Aided Design (CAD) you might find it useful to get used to some of the 'CAD' language (terminology) and concepts first - take a look here: http://wiki.librecad.org/index.php/CAD_Concepts

- of course you can always 'skip' this and re-visit that section later!

How to get LibreCAD

LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux and is available from:


Starting LibreCAD

The face of LibreCAD - what do we see?

When we first start up LibreCAD, the first thing we see is the GUI (the Graphical User Interface).

Wiki , What do we see.png

What is this? I here you say. OK - lets take a look. The LibreCAD user interface (GUI) is where we find the main drawing area (model space), the main tool menu, the main CAD tool bar, the status bar, command line etc...

Making yourself at home, setting up your LibreCAD environment

Modifying the visible aspects of LibreCAD

Resizing the drawing area

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The drawing area is basically an infinite two-dimensional space where the elements of the drawing are generated. The visible portion of the drawing area can be made larger or smaller by dragging the border to the right of the right scroll bar or the border below the bottom scroll bar. This effectively also changes the size of the displayed toolbars to the right and bottom of the drawing area.

Docking and undocking toolbars

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Each toolbar has a small grip at one end which can be used to move the toolbar or dock/undock it. Also, if you right-click on any toolbar, the shortcut menu lets you select which toolbars are currently visible.

Modifying your preferences for the entire application

"Appearance" tab

"Paths" tab

"Defaults" tab

Modifying your preferences for the current drawing

"Paper" tab

"Units" tab

"Grid" tab

"Dimensions" tab

"Splines" tab

Creating your own Template

How to save

Starting to draw (Creating Entities)

Exercise 1 Snapping along with Lines

Exercise 2 Adding some layers

Exercise 3 Changing things

Exercise 4 Adding details

Exercise 5 Creating and using Blocks

Exercise 6 How to print