Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using options, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- We're now in the next video of the Function Keys and Options section of our Using the Command Line in AutoCAD course. Now we're still using the 08_Function Keys.dwg file and you'll find that in your lynda.com Exercise Files. So what we're going to look at now is how we can utilize the Options settings to change our settings of our AutoCAD command line. Now I have mentioned this in previous exercises in this particular course, but what we're going to do now is look at those settings in a little bit more detail, look at changing the settings, and then we're going to look at resetting some of the command line settings as well.
So you'll notice down at the bottom of the screen on the status bar that my Dynamic Input is still off. I don't need to use dynamic input for this particular exercise. So I hover over the command line, right-click, and go to Options by selecting the Options option, if you'll pardon the pun. And that opens up the Options dialog box as it did in the previous video when we looked at this. I go to the Display tab on the ribbon, and I'm going to go to the Colors button here. Now as you can see the Context-- I can go there to Command line, and you can see there that I can change the Command history background, the Command history text and so on.
Select Command history background and you'll see that it's used in a gray color, an RGB value of 200, 200, 200. I'm going to change that there in the pull-down menu to red like so, and you'll see in the preview now that the expanded command line is now red. I'll apply and close that and I'll OK it. So now when I use the function key F2 to expand the command line, it's now a very obvious red color. Great for training purposes by the way, so if you're your AutoCAD guru for your organization and you want to train people on the expanded command line, set the color to red like that.
They can't miss it when it comes up on the screen. As you can see it's a very, very bright red to the point where you might actually need some sunglasses to look at it. So how do we change that back? Very very easy, we just right-click on the command line again after pressing F2 to un-expand the command line. So we right-click, we go to Options again and in the Options dialog we go back to Colors in the Display tab and it says there-- command line in the Context, Command history background is set to red.
Just click on this button here, Restore current element. And you can see that then goes back to the 200, 200, 200 RGB value. So we'll apply and close it, click on OK, and now when I press the function key again it's back to its usual gray and then I press F2 again, losing the expanded command line. So that's how you can utilize your Options to change your command line settings to make them more obvious, make them stand out, change the colors to adhere to a project setting, and so on.
- 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