Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Lines of prompt history, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
We're staying in the 03_Customizing.dwg file, as we have done in previous videos in this section. And, we're looking at customizing the Command Line settings. In the previous video, I showed you how to hover over the Command Line, like so, and right click, to bring up the shortcut menu. Now, what we're going to look at this time, is the Lines of Prompt History, on that menu. Now, the Lines of Prompt History that come up, actually show up on the screen.
Let me just hit Escape a couple of times to lose that menu, and I'll show you what I mean. If I now go up here, to the Save Icon, and save my drawing, can you see there, three lines appear: Command, Command, and then, _QSAVE. Which is Quick Save. That's your Lines of Prompt History that appear on the screen whenever you're using the Command Line. So, if I come down here, and now type in "Line", like so, and press Enter, you'll see there, that I've got, "LINE Specify first point:" If I click on the first point, and come up, can you see there, it's now got two lines.
If I now pick another point for the line, like so, it goes up to three lines, maximum. So, that 's my Lines of Prompt History. So, I just hit escape a couple of times there. And, then I'll delete that line there. So, it's right click there. Hit Erase on the shortcut menu. And, you can see that there's those three lines, right there, on the screen, and then they fade away. That's a really neat tool in AutoCAD 2016. Now, if you don't want three lines appearing all the time, it's very simple.
Just right click on the Command Line, got to the shortcut menu, and select: "Lines of Prompt History." Now, you'll notice there, it gives you this CLIPROMPTLINES, which stands for; Command Line Input Prompt Lines. And you can see the value, the default there, in the brackets, and on the Dynamic input, here, is, it's set to three, and that's the default, three. If you want to change that, you can make it bigger, you can make it smaller. Don't go crazy and have 20 prompt lines, that's not good.
That will cover the entire screen. Ideally, somewhere between, I would say, three and five. So, three, four, or five, is a good number to use. Other than that, you're going to keep getting those lines appearing above the Command Line all the time, which can get a little bit annoying when you're trying to see what you're doing, when you're doing close detailing, in AutoCAD, itself. So, that's your value for your Prompt Line History, in your 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