AutoCAD 2023 Tutorial for Beginners: 6 Steps to Success

The View Cube, in the top-right corner, is set to the top view by default. If you hover your mouse over it, a little house symbol will appear. Click on it to enter isometric view.

Now you’ll see a 3D Cartesian coordinate system in the middle of your drawspace, with three axes, and the View Cube has changed position. You can click on its faces, edges, and corners to go to the desired view.

The NavBar contains other orientation tools, but usually for CAD software, mouse shortcuts are preferred. To pan around the drawspace, simply hold down the wheel button and move the mouse around. Alternatively, click on the “hand” (pan) icon on the NavBar.

Hold down the Shift key and the mouse wheel together and, instead of panning, you’ll be orbiting the drawspace around the center of the coordinate system. There’s an Orbit button on the NavBar, too. (

This covers the basics of drawspace orientation. Next, we’ll finish setting up the workspace so we can start 2D sketching.

  1. Step 1: Parametric Drawing

    As you might expect from any cutting-edge CAD program, AutoCAD supports parametric modeling: the use of constraints to govern a design.

    Parametric design is useful in all kinds of modeling but, for professionals like architects, it can save an immeasurable amount of time. By modeling with constraints, users can make significant changes to their designs by simply altering or applying new parameters throughout the process. Whenever a value is changed or added, the entire design is modified accordingly.