DesignCenter Window

DesignCenter Window

When you click the Folders tab or the Open Drawings tab, the following two panes are
displayed from which you can manage drawing content:

  • Content area (right pane)
  • Tree view (left pane)

Use the buttons in the toolbar at the top of DesignCenter for display and access

List of Options

The following options are displayed.

Content Area

Displays the content of the “container” currently selected in the tree view in the
left pane. A container is a network, computer, disk, folder, file, or web address
(URL) containing information accessible by DesignCenter. Depending on the container
selected in tree view, the content area typically displays the following:

  • Folders containing drawings or other files
  • Drawings
  • Named objects contained in drawings (named objects include blocks, xrefs, layouts,
    layers, dimension styles, table styles, multileader styles, and text styles)
  • Images or icons representing blocks or hatch patterns
  • Web-based content
  • Custom content developed by third-party applications

You can insert content into a drawing or a tool palette by dragging it from the content
area or by using the shortcut menu.

Tree View

Displays files on your computer and network drives, a list of open drawings, and a
history of the last locations you accessed. Select an item in the tree view to display
its contents in the content area.

Use the Toggle Tree View button ( ) in the toolbar to open or close the tree view.

Folders tab

Displays the hierarchy of files and folders on your computer and network drives, including
My Computer and Network Neighborhood.

You can use ADCNAVIGATE to navigate to a specific file name, directory location, or
network path in the DesignCenter tree view.

Open Drawings tab

Displays all drawings open in the current work session, including drawings that are

History tab

Displays a list of the files that you opened most recently in DesignCenter. With the
history displayed, right-click a file to display information about the file or to
delete the file from the History list.

DesignCenter Toolbar


Displays the Load dialog box (a standard file selection dialog box). Use Load to navigate
to files on local and network drives or on the Web, and then to select content to
load in the content area.


Returns to the most recent location in the history list.


Returns to the next later location in the history list.


Displays the contents of the container one level above the current container.


Displays the Search dialog box, where you can specify search criteria to locate drawings,
blocks, and non-graphical objects within drawings.

Search also displays custom content saved on your desktop (not available in AutoCAD


Displays the contents of the Favorites folder in the content area. The Favorites folder contains shortcuts to items you access often. You can add items to Favorites either by right-clicking the content area or right-clicking an item in the tree view,
and then clicking Add to Favorites. To delete an item from Favorites, use the Organize Favorites option on the shortcut menu and then use the Refresh
option on the shortcut menu.

NOTE:The DesignCenter folder is automatically added to Favorites. This folder contains drawings with discipline-specific blocks that you can insert
in drawings.


Returns DesignCenter to your home folder. On installation, the home folder is set
to …SampleDesignCenter. Change the home folder using the shortcut menu in the tree view.

Tree View Toggle

Displays and hides the tree view. Hide the tree view if you need more space in your
drawing area. When the tree view is hidden, you can use the content area to navigate
to containers and to load content.

The Tree View Toggle button is not available while you’re using the History list in
the tree view.


Displays and hides a preview of the selected item in a pane below the content area.
If there is no preview image saved with the selected item, the Preview area is empty.


Displays and hides a text description of the selected item in a pane below the content
area. If a preview image is also displayed, the description is displayed below it.
If there is no description saved with the selected item, the Description area is empty.


Provides different display formats for the content that is loaded in the content area.
You can select a view from the Views list or click the Views button repeatedly to
cycle through the display formats. The default view varies for the type of content
currently loaded in the content area.

  • Large Icon. Displays the names of the loaded content in large icon format.
  • Small Icon. Displays the names of the loaded content in small icon format.
  • List View. Displays the names of the loaded content in a list.
  • Detail View. Displays additional information about the loaded content. You can sort the items
    by name, size, type, and other properties, depending on the type of content that is
    loaded in the content area.
Autodesk Seek Design Content (English-based products only)

Opens a web browser and displays the Autodesk Seek (SEEK) home page. Product design
information available on Autodesk Seek depends on what content providers, both corporate
partners and individual contributors, publish to Autodesk Seek (SHAREWITHSEEK). Such
content could include 3D models, 2D drawings, specifications, brochures, or descriptions
of products or components.

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