Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Suggestion menu, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- We're staying in the 04_Prompt.dwg file, as usual and we're still looking at using the command prompt. Now up until now, I've mentioned the suggestion menu and the suggestion menu is extremely cool, and it allows you to look at a different list of all the different commands that incorporate perhaps a keyboard shortcut, or a command you've already typed. Now what I'm going to do is just go into the middle of the screen again, like I did before. My dynamic input is on, down on the status bar there, and I'm going to type C for circle.
So as soon as I type C like that, the suggestion menu kicks in. And what you'll notice with the suggestion menu on the dynamic input is I can scroll down and there is all of my commands that begin with C. As you can see, there is quite a few of them. So I can select the circle command, and off I go to draw a circle. It prompts me for the center point for the circle. Now that's on the dynamic input, when the dynamic input is on. Now, if I hit escape, I can do this in two ways. I can switch off dynamic input, like so, and then when I type C, it comes up on the command line and the suggestion menu is subtly different.
Now if I had the dynamic input on, what I would have done there is gone down to the command line, highlighted it, clicked on it, and then typed the C. But you'll notice now, there is no scroll option. There is, but it's small. Can you see that? It's not as big and as blocky as on the dynamic input menu so just be aware that that isn't just a little mark on the screen. It is actually there, and it does allow you to drag down. Now, you'll also notice here, I've got layers, so if I click on that plus sign there I can expand out, and there is all my layer type commands and I've got Hatches as well, I can expand that one out and it allows me to go and pick on different tools.
Now isn't that really cool? Now you can only do this off of the command line. You can't do this off of the dynamic input, so it allows you to go and find things. So if I go back there, there's all my regular commands, and I can slide up, and there's my circle command and off we go. Now the other lovely thing is I can search for circle in Help, or I can search on the Internet for the circle command as well. So if I click on either of those, it will go to the AutoCAD Help screens, or my default browser too. So as you can see, looking on the command line when you're using this particular tool Suggestion Menu it's much much more sophisticated.
The dynamic input one is just there purely to allow you to have a quick and easy fix, so that you're looking at it so it's next to the cross hair. But if you utilize the command line, for a particular command that you're not sure of, look at how sophisticated that suggestion menu gets, and I suggest, if you'll pardon the pun, to use the suggestion menu down on the command line more often, if you don't use it already. So very, very useful tool. And, here's a trick: if I scroll down this list and I see a command I'm not sure of, such as, let's say CUTANDFILL from Mass Properties I can jump into the AutoCAD help screens, and find out exactly what it does. Now, as you can see, that's a lot, lot more specific than the dynamic input suggestion menu. So like I said, use that command line, and use the suggestion menu to find the commands that you need, but more importantly, maybe to find the commands that you didn't think you needed.
Very, very important. Can make you a lot more productive, and more importantly, you're then learning with AutoCAD and learning new commands as you go.
- 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