AutoCAD Tip: Mastering AutoCAD Command Line: Tips for Enhanced Speed and Efficiency

April 15, 2024 2 min read

AutoCAD Tip: Mastering AutoCAD Command Line: Tips for Enhanced Speed and Efficiency

For AutoCAD enthusiasts looking to enhance their speed and efficiency, understanding the nuances of the Command Line can be a game-changer. Let's explore some of the secrets of the Command Line that can help streamline your workflow:

  • Use AutoComplete: Begin typing a command and let AutoCAD's autocomplete feature suggest the full command. This can save you time and help avoid typos.
  • Command Aliases: Familiarize yourself with command aliases, shortcuts for commands. For example, 'C' for CIRCLE or 'L' for LINE. Customize these aliases as per your preference for even quicker access.
  • Repeat Previous Commands: Press the 'Up' arrow key to scroll through a history of your commands. This is particularly useful when repeating a sequence of actions.
  • Command History: Use the F2 key to open the command history window. This can help you review past commands and learn from errors.
  • Transparent Commands: Run commands within other commands by preceding them with an apostrophe ('). For example, 'ZOOM' can be used while in the middle of another command without interrupting it.
  • Multiple Commands: Separate commands with a semicolon (;) to execute them in sequence automatically. This is useful for creating a consistent workflow.
  • Dynamic Input: Use Dynamic Input (DYN button) for an alternative way to enter commands and dimensions right at the cursor.
  • Ctrl Shortcuts: Use Ctrl+C to copy, Ctrl+V to paste, and Ctrl+Z to undo, right from the command line, just as you would in most other applications.
  • Command Options: Pay attention to command options listed in square brackets. You can type the highlighted letter to select an option without typing the entire word.
  • Use the Function Keys: Function keys offer shortcuts to frequently used settings. For example, F8 toggles ORTHO mode, and F3 toggles OSNAP.

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