Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Text input, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- We're staying in the 01_Introduction.dwg file for this particular section of Using the Command Line in AutoCAD. Now what we're going to look at now is we're gonna look at the AutoCAD command line again, but this time we're going to utilize only text input. Now, the good thing about the command line, down at the bottom of the screen there, is it tells you exactly what it wants you to do. It wants you to type a command, and it says that by default. So if I come down here now, and bring the crosshair down to the command line, it highlights, as I showed you in the previous video.
And I just click once in the command line, like that. Now it's ready for my text input. Now, in the previous video, I used the LINE command, so I'm going to type that again. There's the LINE command. The suggestion menu pops up, as you can see, and it's prompting me for all different commands. Now, I only want to use the LINE command, so I just press enter to confirm the word LINE on the command line there. Now as soon as I do that, it prompts me to specify the first point of my line, like that.
So if I come over here, can you see, because I've got dynamic input on, it's prompting me to specify the first point on the crosshair as well, because dynamic input follows the crosshair around. Now if I switch dynamic input off down here, on the command line, like so, I just click on it, you'll notice now I'm text only. I'm reliant now completely on the command line and my crosshair. So it's prompting me to specify the first point of my line. So I come down here, use my Endpoint snap there, because I've got object snaps on, and I click.
Now as soon as I move away, can you see, just above the command line there, you get these white bits of text with a grey background? That's sort of like your previous prompts in the command line. So the most current prompt is in the white, with the white background, and you can see there that the grey ones are what I've done previously. So I've specified the first point of my line. Now, you'll notice, on the command line now, it wants the next point of the line, the second point of the line. Or, I can undo this particular line segment.
Now you'll notice, in that word Undo in the brackets there, it's got a blue u. That's prompting me that if I just type u, I can Undo the previous segment of the line. So if I just type u now, you'll see that appears in the command line as a piece of text. And I press enter. That undoes the last part of the line, the last line segment. So in this case, it's taken me back to Specify first point:, and it's telling me that all segments are already undone, which they are, because I'm back at Specify first point: again.
So if I come down to my Endpoint snap here, you'll notice these grey areas stay there, but you can still go through them and click, so there's the first segment of my line. So if I just freehand click here for another segment, and then freehand just come down here and click for another segment, I've then got that Undo option again, or, I can close the line back to its original point this time, because I've got more than one segment. So you'll notice there, I can type c for Close. So if I type c, and enter, that closes the line back to its original start point.
So if I just pan that upwards a little bit, you can just see there, I've gone from that bottom-left corner up, down, and then back across when I've closed it. Now you'll notice now, where I've typed c and pressed enter, it's actually closed out the line command for me as well. But you can see there that I've relied totally on text input only when using the AutoCAD command line.
- 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