Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Coordinate data entry, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- [Voiceover] We're now entering the last, working section of our Using the Command Line in AutoCad course. And what we're going to look at now is the ability to enter coordinates quickly and easily, using two different entry methods. First we're going to look at the command line, then we're going to look at the dynamic input as well. And then also, we'll look at a way of combining keyboard shortcuts and coordinate entry as well. So let's have a look at how that works and how we're going to work with our drawing. So we've got a new drawing, 09_Coordinates.dwg, you see that on the top of the screen there.
And that's in your Lynda.com, exercise files and the usual dwg, file-version restrictions apply. So there's our drawing ready to go and what I'm going to do now is just show you a few coordinate settings that you can use. Now for example, I might want to just measure a coordinate or find out what a coordinate is. I can do that typing ID, like so. Now when I type ID, you'll notice that appears automatically on the command line because my dynamic input there is switched off in this particular case.
So I type ID and press Enter, prompts me to specify a point so I've got my cross hair there, a little question mark. I can use an object snap such as that Endpoint snap there and click, and it gives me those values, where X and Y are 2000 and Zed is zero because we're in a flat 2D drawing. Now obviously they fade away like they normally do with the command line. If I use the Function key F2, I can expand the command line and there's the values there at the bottom of the most previous, command-line entries there, 2000, 2000 and zero for X, Y and Zed.
So I just do Function F2 to lose the expansion of the command line. So that's how I can obtain coordinates. But what happens if I want to enter coordinates? So, if I put dynamic input on and I go up to the ribbon let's say and click on the Line command here, I get a prompt there for dynamic-input entry for coordinates, you can see them there floating around on the cross hair. If I switch off the dynamic input and go back up to the Line command, again on the ribbon there, you can see I don't get any prompt because the dynamic input is off, but down on the command line now, it's prompting me to specify the first point so I would click in here and type in my coordinates, say 2000 comma 2000, like so, I don't press Enter and you can see the line is starting there from that 2000 coordinate there.
So I just hit escape just to cancel the line command. So that's Coordinate Entry using various methods in AutoCad. Now let's look at those last two methods we used. The command line and the dynamic input, in more detail. We'll look at those in the next two videos and work through them so you can see how each one works in a little bit more detail so that you're ready to go to use them in AutoCad itself.
- 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