AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks: Finding the Description Key Sets

In today’s AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks I’m going to show you how to find the Description Key Sets. Yesterday this issue came up as a few of you were busily learning to use, or just trying to use, AutoCAD Civil 3D and couldn’t find the old Description Key Sets file.

Unlike in older versions of AutoCAD, where the Description Key Sets file where stored in a file, you now find the Description Key Sets file within your AutoCAD Civil 3D DWG (and DWT) drawing file.

1. Click on the Settings Tab in the Toolspace.

Click and Select Settings Tab

Click and Select Settings Tab

2. Expand Point Styles.

Expand Point Styles

Expand Point Styles

3. Expand Description Key Sets and there you’ll find your Description Key Sets file, which in this example I named “You found me!”.

If there isn't already a Description Key Sets file, right click on Description Key Sets and select New to create one. I'll go over in more detail creating and setting up this new Description Key Sets file in another post.

This AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks is brought to you by the Professional Land Surveyor Source, showing you how to find the Description Key Sets file in your AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 (or older releases) drawing.

As a side note, you can easily see how important it is to setup your Description Key Sets file and Description Keys to your data collection surveying standards for inclusion in a master template first, so you don’t have to create and edit the Description Key Sets file for every AutoCAD Civil 3D drawing that you create for your surveys and land surveying projects.

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