Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video The AutoCAD command line, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- The AutoCAD command line has been around in AutoCAD for many years, and for many versions. Going back to my introduction to AutoCAD, I started on AutoCAD 10 for DOS, even before we had Windows, Microsoft Windows, and basically everything was typed. We had to type everything into the AutoCAD command line. Now, this particular case, in this particular video, we're using the drawing 01_Introduction.dwg.
You can see that in the title bar at the top of the screen there. We're running AutoCAD 2016. So just be aware of the version and the .dwg version to make sure that you can open the .dwg files. Now, we're running those .dwgs from your Lynda.com exercise files, so when you log into your Lynda.com account, you can obviously download this particular file and use it to follow along with the video. If we look now at our small drawing here: it's a simple room or building with some red walls there.
What we're going to do is just look at the AutoCAD command line. The AutoCAD command line is down here, at the bottom of the screen, and if I click in it, like so, I get a little flashing cursor. That allows me to utilize the text input into the AutoCad command line. So if I type the word line, like so, what you'll find is I get a suggestion menu. Later versions of AutoCAD have this suggestion menu, and when you type the word line, you can see that it brings up suggestions of all different commands that have the word line in them.
Then I press Enter. There's my line command. Because I've got dynamic input switched on, you can see now that I can move around with the Specify First Point showing on the mouse, there on the cross hairs, as you can see. Also, I've got Specific First Point down there on the AutoCAD command line as well. I just hit escape now to cancel that command. Other little things that you can do with the command line, one of which is you can move it around. If I click on those little dots there and hold, with the click like that and move it around. I can move the command line around, I can dock it and so on.
Now, I don't want to go into too much detail here, because we'll work through all of the things that the AutoCAD command line can do as we work through the course. You can see there that it's still a very, very important part of the AutoCAD interface. You'll find that, as we work through this course, you'll realize things about the AutoCAD command line that you didn't even know existed. Trust me, when I started investigating this course, I even found things that I didn't know existed about the AutoCAD command line.
Bear in mind, I've been using AutoCAD for nigh on 26 years, and I still find things about AutoCAD all the time that I didn't know existed, that I didn't know, actually make me more productive and more effective. Let's get into the Using the Command Line in AutoCAD course. Let's get you using that command line and making you more productive and more effective when using AutoCAD.
- Entering input with the keyboard and mouse
- Positioning the command line
- Hiding the command line
- Customizing command-line settings
- Typing commands
- Using dynamic input
- Navigating an AutoCAD drawing with the command line
- Using the function keys
- Entering coordinates