AutoCAD Tip: Maximizing Efficiency with AutoCAD's Integrated QuickCalc for Enhanced Productivity

March 30, 2024 2 min read

AutoCAD Tip: Maximizing Efficiency with AutoCAD's Integrated QuickCalc for Enhanced Productivity


AutoCAD's built-in calculator, also known as QuickCalc, is a powerful tool that can greatly enhance your productivity by allowing you to perform calculations without leaving your drawing session. Here are some tips to make the most of this utility:

  • Access QuickCalc by typing 'CALC' or 'QC' at the command prompt, or by pressing CTRL + 8. This will bring up the QuickCalc dialog box.
  • You can perform basic arithmetic operations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as more complex functions like trigonometry, logarithms, and exponentiation.
  • Use QuickCalc to convert units quickly. If you need to convert measurements from one unit to another, QuickCalc can do this efficiently, which is particularly useful when working with international clients or standards.
  • The 'Measure Geometry' feature within QuickCalc allows you to calculate distances, angles, and areas directly from your drawing. Simply select the appropriate option and then select the points in your drawing.
  • QuickCalc can store values in its memory, which is useful for repeated calculations. Utilize the 'M' buttons to store and retrieve these values.
  • If you're creating repetitive patterns or objects, you can use QuickCalc to generate a series of values, like coordinates or lengths, that you can directly input into your drawing commands.
  • For more complex calculations, QuickCalc allows you to define and use variables. You can define a variable by typing a name followed by the '=' sign and the desired value or expression.
  • System variables can also be accessed and modified through QuickCalc. For example, you could calculate a new value for the LTSCALE (linetype scale) system variable and apply it directly without exiting the calculator.
  • If you find yourself using certain calculations frequently, you can save these as 'Calculation History' within QuickCalc for future use.

QuickCalc is not just a standalone calculator; it's integrated with AutoCAD drawing functions, which provides a seamless experience for technical calculations related to your designs. As you become more familiar with QuickCalc, you'll find it an indispensable tool in your AutoCAD toolkit. For more tips, tricks, and resources on AutoCAD, don't forget to check out NOVEDGE.


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