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How do I search in ACADE?

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After I started using AutoCAD Electrical for a few months I came up with the simplest question. How do I find information in my project?

ACADE has ‘Find and Replace’ commands. I can use the surfer on the symbols if I know where they are but if you check the command line then you’ll see that the surfer is your search tool!

Type it to Surf it!

Created by Josh, Yet another CAD Geek

Let’s Go Surfing with AutoCAD Electrical

This is one of the top 5 tools in all of my AutoCAD Electrical presentations. I can’t tell whether it has been voted so high because of the commands ability to save time or its pure coolness.

What does this command let us do? Well the simple description is this. It allows us to move from reference to reference across the project drawing set. Sounds simple right, this saves a ton of time when working on a big project. It also lets us move from the reports we can run inside of AutoCAD Electrical back out into our project. A great example when using the missing bill of material report, we now can find those missing items in seconds within our project.

Surfer Special Codes in the List Box
Notice the arrow pointing to the Type Column. This column informs the user of what type of item is being displayed on each line of the surfer list dialog box.

C – Component Symbol
P – Parent or Standalone Schematic Symbol
T – Terminal
W – Wire Number
# – Panel Layout Symbol
# np – Panel Layout nameplate reference

By understanding these codes you will be able to easily “surf” to the correct item you are looking for, saving time and effort.

Let’s take a look
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