AutoCAD How To: Bind vs. Insert External References – What’s the Difference? – 2 Minute Tuesday

Hey Everybody,

I hope you’re all doing well and keeping safe in these new and uncertain times. I know I haven’t posted on the blog in a little while now but I have been trying to keep posting consistently on the youtube channel and to the email list. If you haven’t already subscribed to them both I definitely recommend checking them out: Email Newsletter and youtube channel.

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As for the blog, I’ll be catching up on all my posts over the coming weeks and I hope you enjoy and can learn from these new tips/tricks and tutorials.

Today’s post is the next installment in my series of collaboration posts with the AutoCAD Blog, each post consists of a written tutorial/tip on the AutoCAD Blog as well as an accompanying video tutorial that’s posted on the youtube channel. I’ve really come to enjoy these posts, both for the challenge of writing for a new audience as well as the challenge of coming up with new topics and tips to cover in each article. I’m excited for the future and look forward to the next one with each completed tip.

Back to today’s topic, we take a quick look at the differences between Bind and Insert when inserting External References (xrefs) directly into our drawings. I show the various differences between the two options as well as a few use cases of each.
Bind & Insert have been around in AutoCAD for a long time yet hardly anyone I’ve talked to fully know the difference between the two and when each should be used.

In the article and the video below I do my best to clearly and quickly walk through the process as well as the various differences between them.

Check out the article here:

And watch the video below:


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As always, thank you so much for reading and watching, I am super excited to be back and posting regularly on the blog and hope you all will follow along.

Cheers and happy crafting!

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Brandon is a Civil Designer, Aspiring Blogger/Creator, Husband, Father to two Amazing Kids and Tech Aficionado from a small town in Canada. He has been obsessed with design and technology since he can remember and working as a Civil Designer for nearly as long. Brandon’s blog and Youtube channel, has been his outlet and excuse for keeping up with new tech and trends in the CAD design world for the last 10 years growing to more than 60,000 subscribers and over 15,000,000 views, while also being the source of many great friendships and unique opportunities. If you would like to Sponsor CAD Intentions or Work together in some way, Please visit my About Page and send me an email: