Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Combining command line and mouse to zoom, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- As per previous videos in this section, we've looked at different methods of navigating in a drawing using the Command Line and other methods in AutoCAD. So what we're going to have a quick look at now, just to finalize this section, is how we can combine the Command Line and the mouse to zoom in and out in our AutoCAD drawing. Now we're staying in our 07_Navigating.dwg file, again, you can find that in your lynda.com exercise files, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the crosshair down to the Command Line here, at the bottom of the screen, type "z" for zoom and press enter.
What I want to do is I want to do a Zoom Window, so I go over here to Window, and I'm combining the mouse now and the Command Line. So when I click on Window there, using the pointer and move in to the drawing area, you can see there that I've got the Zoom Window icon next to the crosshair. And basically now I pick a point, drag the window and click again, and I zoom in to that particular section. Don't forget, I can utilize the tools on the mouse to allow me to zoom as well.
So if I hold down the actual mouse wheel and use it as a button, that becomes pan, so I can pan upwards a little bit and work on that little wall corner there. Don't forget as well, I can just double-click on the wheel, and that will zoom extents and take me to the visible extents of the drawing as well. Now don't forget, I can right-click and on the shortcut menu, I can go back to Repeat 'ZOOM and I can come back here now and go to Zoom Previous, that takes me back to my zoom where I did a Zoom Window.
I can then right-click again, Repeat 'ZOOM again, go back to Zoom Previous a second time, and you can see then that I go back to the previous zoom before the little pan that I did. Do one more right-click, Repeat 'ZOOM and Zoom Previous again, and it remembers, and can you see the drawing moved from where I previously panned. Now don't forget, I can do this in any which way I want to. I can also right-click with the mouse and use the real-time Zoom here, like so, hold down the mouse wheel, move up and down to zoom in and out with the little + and - that we looked at in previous videos in this section.
I can just hit ESC there, I can go back to the Command Line after I've hit ESC to cancel that real-time zoom, type "z" for zoom again, like so, and if I type "e" now for Extents I Zoom Extents to the extents of the drawing again. So you can see that I can combine Command Line, right-hand mouse click, mouse wheel, and various clicks on the left and right buttons of the mouse to actually zoom very, very quickly and very, very effectively in AutoCAD.
All of these tools are available to you in previous versions of AutoCAD as well. You can utilize the mouse, the Command Line, and the right-hand shortcut menu in most versions of AutoCAD that actually use Windows as their operating system. I'm not advocating that you go all the way back to a much older version of AutoCAD, but if you're using one of the more previous versions of AutoCAD, let's say AutoCAD 2013, the tools I've just shown you in this video are still available.
Now AutoCAD itself has lots of different ways of zooming, panning, and navigating in a drawing. As I've said all the way through this course, I'm not going to tell you how to use AutoCAD. I'm going to show you the tools and you can make a decision on which method you want to use. Do you want to use the Command Line? Do you want to use the mouse? Do you want to use the Navigation bar? It's up to you how you combine those tools using the AutoCAD interface to navigate in your drawing effectively.
- 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