Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Controlling navigation bar visibility, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- In the previous video we looked at utilizing the navigation bar to zoom and work with the command line in an AutoCAD drawing. So we were navigating the drawing using the navigation bar, but then also utilizing the command line to repeat some of the zoom commands we created using the navigation bar. Now as I mentioned in that previous video, your navigation bar might not be displaying in your AutoCAD window, your drawing window. It should be over here on the right hand side.
There's the nav bar there with all the different commands on it. Now you'll notice I've deliberately left the dynamic input off again. So that I have to use the command line to switch on the navigation bar visibility. Now we're staying in the 07_Navigating.dwg file. As usual, you can find that in your lynda.com exercise files. So what I'm going to do now is type a variable that is available to you in AutoCAD. And that variable is NAVBAR, which is sort for navigation bar.
So as I type N A V B A R. Like that. You'll see that NAVBAR is the only command which those actual letters in the word of the command. So NAVBAR is there, I just press enter to confirm and it gives me two options on the command line there, because dynamic input is off. So I've got a choice of NAVBAR either on or off. So I can type either on or off. You'll notice the default in the little angle brackets there is on and that is normally the default in any version of AutoCAD that uses the navigation bar.
So if I now type off and press enter. Watch the navigation bar on the right hand side and you'll see it disappears. So I've just switched it off. It's just a variable, a toggle that allows me to turn it on and off. So if I type NAVBAR again. Like so. And press enter again. Make sure you spell it right, I've put NABVAR, not good. So always remember to spell it correctly. And the good thing is this is the benefit of the suggestion menu. Because that's what it looks at there, is it looks at the spelling and it's gone, that's not quite right but here's some possible options.
You'll notice NAVBAR appears at the top of the list. So even though I've spelt it wrong I can just jump into the suggestion menu and click on the NAVBAR command and it sorts it for me. So I now just type on, I want it back on again. I press enter and there we go. There's the NAVBAR back on the right hand side of the screen. And that's how quick and easy it is to control the viability of the navigation bar, if you want to use it in your AutoCAD drawings.
- 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