Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Input search options, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- As usual, in this section we're staying in our 03_Customizing.dwg file. Now what we're going to look at now is a totally different setting tool in the AutoCAD command line. And it ties in with our input settings that we looked at in the first video in this section. So we're staying in the drawing, as you can see we haven't made any changes to the drawing at all. We've purely got a live drawing open to allow us to use the command line, as I've mentioned previously.
So let's go down to the command line in AutoCAD 2016, hover over it, highlight it, right click on it, and we're going to look at this command here, Input Search Options. Now this ties in with our input settings up here. So all of these settings, AutoComplete, AutoCorrect, and so on, have particular options set up for them. And they're controlled in here, in the Input Search Options. So if I click on that on the shortcut menu, it opens up the Input Search Options dialogue box.
So if we look at this dialogue box, there's AutoComplete, AutoCorrect, there's the Search system variables, and there's the delay there. And there's the search content on command line. Now all of these settings allow you to set your input settings accurately. You'll notice there I can enable the AutoComplete, that's why the tick is there. The AutoCorrect is enabled, that's why the tick is there on the input settings. So it will remember the corrections after three mistypes.
So if you mistype a command three times, it will then remember the corrections so every time you type it, it will just put in the correct command. That's rather nice to know, isn't it? It saves you worrying about mistyping commands sometimes. Searching the system variables, it searches commands, you'll notice, and system variables. That's your suggestion menu, when you type in the line command and it finds all the other commands with the word "line" in it. Now searching content at the command line, so things like Blocks, Layers, Hatch, Text Style, Dim Style, Visual Style.
So it searches that content at the command line when you're working with the command line in AutoCAD as well. Now I must admit, I didn't even know this particular dialogue box existed in AutoCAD. I've never ever worried about any of my input settings. I've just used the defaults every single time. Now I know that I can go in and I can change my Input Search Options on my command line. Isn't that great? I've actually learned something after using AutoCAD for 26 years.
I didn't know this dialogue box existed. I've never worried about it, and I've never used it. All I've got to do now though is set the settings I want, click on OK, job done, and the command line now has all of the settings set up from my Input settings in my Input Search Options. Very quick and easy to find, again right click on the command line, Input Search Options, and there's the dialogue box.
- 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