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An alternative way of switching layouts.

A - answer You can use several methods to switch to the individual layout tabs - from mouse-clicks on the tabs, over the Ctrl+PgUp/PgDn keys, up to the LAYOUT command.

An alternative method is to use visual switching of layouts (using thumbnail preview) which is available since AutoCAD 2009 through the QVLAYOUT command. Especially in drawings with large number of layouts, this semitransparent preview bar can simplify your orientation and make a shorter way to move to the desired layout.

With this command (or with the "Quick view layouts" icon in the statusbar) you can display the panel containing a single row with previews of your layouts. You can anchor this panel using the "pin" icon. With Ctrl+mousewheel you can make the previews smaller. This allows to place even more layout pictures on your screen (they are displayed even outside your AutoCAD window, to the full screen width):

Layout views in AutoCAD

If you hoover your mouse over the arrows on the left and right borders of this panel, the preview bar will automatically scroll (animation) to display the previews currently hidden "off screen". You can also quickly scroll the views with your mouse wheel.

Arrow will show more layouts of the current DWG file

To quickly switch between layouts (and sort layouts) you can also use the "Layout Manager" - Lisp application LOMAN:

Layout Manager

LOMAN can be downloaded for free from Download
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See also:
Tip 13288:LayoutLF - automatic switching of group layer filters.
Tip 11794:Undocumented code in field expression - MText contents without control characters.
Tip 11780:How to rename layouts by a specific attribute of the title block?
Tip 11523:How to reset default dialog positions and sizes in Fusion 360?
Tip 10986:FATAL ERROR: Unhandled Access when displaying a layout with rendered view

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