Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Keyboard shortcuts, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- Now we're staying in the "04_Prompt.dwg" file, and we're looking at using the command prompt in AutoCAD in conjunction with the AutoCAD command line. Now you'll notice down at the bottom of the screen I've got my dynamic input switched on again, because I like to use dynamic input and the command line. That's just my personal preference. You can use one or the other, or both. It's entirely up to you. So what we're going to look at now are keyboard shortcuts. Now one of the benefits you have with AutoCAD, over time, is more and more commands get added to the AutoCAD vocabulary and various variables get added, and so on, and so forth.
Now that obviously happens over time, as the product upgrades and becomes more mature. Now what you'll find with a lot of the regularly used commands, AutoDesk programmed in keyboard shortcuts. So you can just type one letter, and then press enter, and get a command to come up instead of having to type the whole command. Now back in the day of DOS, when I first started using AutoCAD, you had to type everything in full. That was just the way it worked. But over time, with the advent of Windows and everything else, what you're finding is you're getting all these nice keyboard shortcuts to use.
Now I've got dynamic input switched on. So I'm just going to bring the crosshair to the center of the screen, and I'm just going to type the letter "L", like so, and you'll see that the suggestion menu automatically looks at that letter "L". It shows me all the commands that have the letter "L" at their beginning, but more importantly, look at the top command at the top of that list. It's "L" for line. You'll notice the location there is ID. Length is DIST. These are all those keyboard shortcuts that you can type to get commands to kick-in when you're working in AutoCAD.
I'll just hit escape now, and I'll come down to the command line instead. And I'll click there, let's go for a different letter. Let's go for "C". As soon as I type "C", can you see the shortcut there is "C" for the circle command. CLI, command line input, CO there is copy, and so on and so forth. Now for all of these keyboard shortcuts, you can go to the AutoCAD help screens. Better still, the best way to look these up is to Google them.
Just literally, go to Google, and go for "AutoCAD 2016 keyboard shortcuts", because the keyboard shortcuts can change from one version to another. There are some subtle changes, not many, but they do change slightly from version-to-version sometimes, not all of the time. So I'll just hit escape there again. Now, up until now we've used keyboard shortcuts with one letter. What happens if you use two? If I do "PL", that automatically finds me the PLINE command, which is the poly-line command.
You'll notice you've also got there: poly-line width, and so on and so forth. So, plotter manager, plane surf, they all begin with that "PL". But the default "PL" keyboard shortcut is for poly-line. So if I now select that on the suggestion menu, I'm now in the poly-line command. And you can see that down there on the command line as well. "PLINE Specify start point" So that's asking me for the first point of my poly-line, and I just carry-on using the poly-line command, and then I press enter or escape if I don't want to use it.
So these keyboard shortcuts are extremely useful. They can make you a lot more productive. So if you remember just to type "L", enter, that's your line command. Hit escape to deselect. If I type "C", enter, that's my circle command. It's that quick and easy. And it's much quicker, you'll find, doing it that way, then it is drifting up to the ribbon and trying to find the appropriate circle command. It's very strange, but these keyboard shortcuts, even though they come from a legacy of older versions of AutoCAD, can actually make you a lot more productive.
So look into your keyboard shortcuts, get used to them, use the ones that you like, and just see how productive you can become when you're using keyboard shortcuts and the command line in 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