Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Mouse input, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- Once again, we're staying in the 01_Introduction.dwg file, which you'll find in your Lynda.com exercise files. And what we're going to look at this time is mouse input and the AutoCAD command line in the Using the Command Line in AutoCAD course. So how can you utilize the mouse when you're using the AutoCAD command line? Well, this is a feature available only in the newer versions of AutoCAD. As I've said in previous videos, we're using AutoCAD 2016 which, right now, is the latest version of AutoCAD.
And what you've got is this really neat tool that actually allows you to click on sub-commands in the command line in AutoCAD. It's very, very cool; very, very neat. Let me show you how it works. So, again, I'm going to drag the crosshair down to the command line, but this time have a look at your status bar, just make sure that your dynamic input this time is on, you don't want it switched off. You need to be able to use dynamic input. So, I'm going to hover here and click in the command line. I'm going to type the line command again, like I did before, and you can see there that it automatically updates my lowercase word "line" to an uppercase word "line" to work with all the command structure within AutoCAD itself.
And again, you can see I now got a suggestion menu with all of the commands with the word "line" in it. So what I'm going to do, is just press Enter to confirm the line command. Now you'll notice it prompts me to specify first point on the command line. And as I move the crosshair around, because I've got dynamic input switched on, it's prompting me at the crosshair now, as well, to specify that first point. Now you can see there, that I can put the coordinates in there using dynamic input. Better still, just make sure the object snaps are on and select your first endpoint snap.
Exactly the same endpoint as the previous video. And I'm going to drag that up like that, and it's prompting me to specify the next point. Now what I'm going to do, is do the freehand bit again. So I'm going to come up here and click there, and then I'm going to come up to a midpoint snap there, and just come down, let's say free hand to there. Now this is fairly abstract, you might think, but all I'm doing is drawing line segments. And the reason I want to do that is I want to show you how the mouse and the command line work together.
So if I now drag the crosshair down to the command line here, you'll notice I get a little pointer over Undo. If I hit Undo there on the command line using the mouse, it undoes the last line segment. If I click again, it undoes the last line segment, and I'm back to there. So I can undo another line segment, and then I'm all the way back there. And if I undo the last one, I'm back to specifying next point, as you can see. I'm back to just the first point of the line. So now, I might just go directly to that midpoint snap there.
And then come exactly down to that endpoint there, and then I might want something like a perpendicular intersection snap there. And when I'm finished, I just press Enter to close out the line command , or I can actually just use close here, and that will close back to the original first point of the line. Which, as you can see, creates that little diagonal, just down there, so the first point where I started drawing my line. You can see how neat that is, I can use the command line in conjunction with the mouse, as well.
So they've kind of merged together, which is kind of strange coming from my background. I've used AutoCAD now for 26 years. And I started on DOS where you had to type everything, there was no Microsoft Windows. But now, you can type things and merge that, obviously, with the mouse with the Windows environment. Which makes AutoCAD 2016 a pretty cool cat, in my opinion, because obviously now you've got this completely integrated user interface, where the command line and the mouse interface have merged together.
Makes you more effective, makes you more productive, and combines the old legacy way of working with the new Windows way of working, as well.
- 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