Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the command line, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- We're staying in the 09_Coordinates.dwg file. Again, you can find that in your lynda.com exercise files. And as promised in the previous video, we're going to look now at entering coordinates using the command line only. So make sure down here on the status bar, you have Dynamic Input switched off. We're only going to use the command line. And what I'm going to do, is I'm going to select all of the elements that make up our little building. So I'm going to click once here, drag the crossing window all the way across, make sure I get everything inside the window, and click again.
Make sure everything is selected. Now I'm going to utilize the shortcut menu and right-click and use the Move command off of the shortcut menu instead of using the ribbon. Now as soon as I do that, it prompts me now for the Basepoint, ready to move my house just a little bit, I'm not going to move it far, and I'm going to select this Endpoint snap here, so make sure your object snaps are on. So I click there like so. Now as soon as I do that, you can see that I get the greyed-out version, which is the original position, and then as I move that, the colored version is showing me the new position.
And it's trying to snap to all these previous points, can you see that? That's a new feature in AutoCAD 2016. What I want to do is actually physically type where I want this house to move to. Now, you'll remember in the first video, when I did the ID point, we actually found that the coordinates were 2000, 2000 on that bottom-left corner. So I'm going to move everything to the right and upwards by half a meter by typing in 500, 500.
But I need to make sure it's a relative coordinate to the original Basepoint selected. So what I do is I type an @ symbol on the command line like so, and then I type 500, 500 like that. Now as soon as I do that, AutoCAD knows that it's relative to the last point selected. So it'll actually end up at the absolute coordinates 2500, 2500. But if I now press enter, you'll see that the house has moved, and what we can do is we can check that by doing the ID again, down there on the command line and pressing enter.
If I use that object snap there, and click, you can see it's 2500, 2500. So that's how you can utilize your command line to enter coordinates, and also put in the appropriate prefixes, such as the @ symbol there for relative coordinates. So using your command line to enter coordinates, nice, quick, and easy. Easy to see on the command line in AutoCAD, and very quick and easy to 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