Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Typing commands, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- We're staying in the 04_Prompt.dwg file which you can get from your lynda.com exercise files as discussed in the previous video. And what we're going to do now is we're going to look simply at typing commands and how you type them. Now, if you're like me, I tend to have my Dynamic Input switched on all the time. Now that's down here on the status bar. It's right there. There's Dynamic Input. If I click on it, it's off. Click on it again, it's on and it's highlighted in blue there on the status bar.
Now what the Dynamic Input allows me to do is it allows me to start typing immediately wherever the crosshair is. So if I move the crosshair to the center of the screen there and start typing the LINE command, can you see I get the prompt immediately next to the crosshair and I then get the suggestion menu popping up straight away as well showing me all the commands with the word LINE in them. Now that's the Dynamic Input method of typing. Now if I just hit esc there and come down to the command line and click in the command line and also type line, I get exactly the same approach, slightly different visual input but as you can see, I've typed the word LINE and the suggestion menu, albeit nice with pretty colors now, shows you all of the commands with the word LINE in them.
And that's all you've got to do when you're typing commands into AutoCAD. Now one of the benefits you obviously do have is you do have the Dynamic Input. So with the Dynamic Input on, I can type line like that and as soon as I start typing, I don't have to press enter, I don't have to click, it just picks up on the fact that I'm using keyboard input to type. And as you can see there, the suggestion menu comes up on the screen. Now if I don't actually have Dynamic Input on, and I come into the drawing area now and I start typing, it automatically picks up the fact that the command line is there but there's no Dynamic Input.
So when I start typing a command this time, it automatically goes to the command line. So, it's just different ways of doing the same thing. And again, it's very much horses for courses. I'm not trying to tell you how to drive your AutoCAD. You can use the command line on its own with the Dynamic Input off. Or, you can combine the two and have Dynamic Input on and have the command line on. Or you might want to hide the command line and only use Dynamic Input. So you got all those different combinations there, all of which allow you to type the same commands in AutoCAD and be just as productive whichever method you use.
- 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