Add Viewport

Toolbar / Icon:
Add-on:  QCAD Professional
Menu: Draw > Viewport > Add Viewport
Shortcut: V, T
Commands: viewport | vt


Creates a new viewport in a layout block. A viewport is a rectangular area that displays a part of the drawing at a given scale and angle. Viewports can only exist in layout blocks, special blocks dedicated to printing the drawing or parts of it, often along with a border and header.


  1. After starting this tool, the model space (main drawing) is shown to define the rectangular area of the drawing the viewport should display.
  2. Adjust the rotation angle of the viewport in the options toolbar to create a viewport that shows a part of the drawing rotated by a given angle. Note that rotated viewports are not supported in other CAD systems.
  3. Click the first corner of the viewport area.
  4. Click the second corner of the viewport area.
  5. QCAD now switches automatically to a layout block where the viewport can be created. If there are multiple layout blocks and this tool was not started from a layout block, a dialog is shown to let you choose in which layout block you want to place the viewport.
  6. Adjust the viewport scale in the options toolbar if necessary. If the drawing is larger or much smaller than the available paper size, you will likely want to scale it up or down to fit on the paper.
  7. Click the center position of the viewport.

The viewport is now added to the layout. To change properties such as scale or rotation angle of the viewport, you can click it to select it and adjust properties using the property editor.

The rectangular border of the viewport is shown if the layer the viewport is on is shown. If the layer the viewport is on is switched off, the border is hidden but the contents of the viewport is still shown. Viewports are typically placed on a dedicated layer (e.g. "viewports") which can be switched off for printing.