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Where can I find the icon to run Civil 3D 2023 as AutoCAD?

A - answer The shortcut for running Autodesk Civil 3D "as AutoCAD" is no longer created automatically at install in version 2023.

Alternatively, you can run AutoCAD (optionally with the Civil 3D Object Enabler) if you have its license, or run Civil 3D and switch its workspace to "Drawing and Annotation". But this will load AEC objects and your DWGs will be always saved including civil objects.

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But you can easily create yourself a new shortcut for launching Civil 3D as AutoCAD, ie. without Civil functions. Just copy the desktop shortcut (.lnk file) "Civil 3D" on your Windows desktop (the folder Desktop), rename it e.g. to "Civil 3D 2023 - AutoCAD" and in its properties change the runstring to:

"C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2023\acad.exe" /p "<< AutoCAD >>" /product ACAD /language en-US

On the first launch, a default user profile will be created and on subsequent launches with this icon, your Civil 3D will launch with limited features and with a smaller DWG size, "as AutoCAD" (but requires a Civil 3D license as in previous versions).

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See also:
Tip 14072:How to import an STL, OBJ or 3DS file to an AutoCAD 3D model?
Tip 13977:How to publish a PDF to the same folder as a DWG drawing in AutoCAD?
Tip 13868:XrefStamp - create a dynamic list of xrefs in your DWG drawing.
Tip 13822:Fast layer visibility toggle ON/OFF.
Tip 13504:How to add own commands to AutoCAD custom palette?

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