Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Positioning the command line, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- We're now in the next section of the Using the Command Line in AutoCAD course. We're now going to look at the command line interface in AutoCAD itself. Now you can see that we have a new drawing. We're working in 02_Interface.dwg, and you'll find that in your lynda.com workfiles that come with this course. And again, make sure that you're aware of the actual dwg type. We are working in AutoCAD 2016, which makes for a 2013 dwg file.
So basically, only versions of AutoCAD 2013 and above will actually read that file. Just be aware of that one, to check your AutoCAD version. Now we've got a new drawing, and as you can see, we've now got some little doors in our building. So we've got some yellow doors there made of lines and arcs inside our little red walls. And we're not going to be doing that much work on the drawing itself. It's purely to have an active drawing in place in AutoCAD so that we can utilize the command line. Now the command line is at the bottom of the screen, and what we're going to do is look at positioning the command line in this particular video.
So I come down to the command line, and you may remember this from previous videos, I hover over these dots here, click and hold, and as I move now, I'm moving the command line around and I can place it there on the screen. Just release the mouse button and it's now moved. Now, that's not the best place to leave your command line, obviously, right in the middle of a drawing like that. So if I click and hold again and drag around, I can place it back at the bottom of the screen, and can you see it kind of locks on to the bottom of the screen there. Now if I click and drag and move to the side like this, I can take it off the screen.
And if I'm running a dual screen monitor setup, two screens, maybe three screens, I can place the command line on a different screen. But also, when I come down here, watch. Can you see there? I get like this big box, like this ghost image, and that actually gives me a command line that does that. And you may recognize that from previous versions of AutoCAD. And that's how the command line used to look in older versions. If I want to drag that back out again, I click on the dots and it goes back to the small, sort of tiny version there. And again I can drag that and drop it and lock it to the bottom of the screen there.
And that's basically how you position your AutoCAD command line. Now the benefit you have is you can place it anywhere on the screen. So if you've got a large screen setup, dual screens, like I mentioned earlier, you can obviously set it up so that's you've actually got the command line anywhere you want in your AutoCAD interface.
- 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