Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using zoom via the command line, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- We're now moving into a new section of our Using the Command Line in AutoCad course. What we're going to be looking at in this section is navigating in a drawing using the various command interfaces that we have in AutoCad 2016. This includes the command line plus also other interfaces that we can use. Now as usual we've created a new drawing for you to use in this particular section. And it is 07_Navigating.dwg, now just be aware that that is a 2013 dwg file-format file so it can only be read by versions of AutoCad 2013 and above.
We're using AutoCad 2016 so we're fine, but just make sure of that so that your AutoCad version can read the file. You'll find the file in the usual place in your Lynda.com exercise files. So you can see in the drawing intself we've got the red walls, the green windows, the yellow doors and the orange furniture there in the drawing. And what we're going to look at in this particular video, is how to utilize the command line to zoom in and out using the drawing and the tools in AutoCad. Now you'll notice down on the status bar that my dynamic input is off so if it is on like that just click on it and switch it off.
Because we only want to use the command line. Now the good thing is there is a keyboard shortcut for Zoom when you want to zoom in and out. And you just type Zed for Zoom like that and you'll see automatically that the Zoom command comes up there and also you can see that you get the little videos and you can search on the internet, so if I search there like that and search in Help or hover over Zip, ETransmit and Zoom is there. Now I can move the mouse and just click on Zoom and that will kick in the Zoom command. Now the good thing is with AutoCad 2016 is I have Zoom already there, can you see the little magnifying glass there on the cross hairs? So what that allows me to do is just click and drag a Zoom window like that and click again and I'm already zooming in and out without even having to use any part of the submenu there that came up on the command line.
Now I might want to go back to my previous Zoom so I can type, Zed for Zoom, and Enter and you'll see there Previous, is a P for Previous. I could also just bring the cross hair down and click on Previous on the command line in AutoCad 2016 if I wanted to. If I just type P though, for Previous like that and press Enter, takes me back to the previous Zoom. Now the other Zoom that you might use a lot of the time is the Zoom window, so again Zed, Enter on the keyboard.
And then W for Window on the keyboard. As soon as you do that, you're prompted for the first corner you can see the little symbol on the cross hair changes so if I click there and drag my window up to there and click again, I've done a Zoom window on that window I've just specified using the mouse. So you can see how you can utilize the command line by just typing Zed, Enter, you then get all of the submenu options and then type the appropriate letter from the submenu and press Enter again to get the appropriate Zoom command that you need.
Now I'm not going to tell you which way to Zoom in and out in AutoCad itself there are lots of different ways of doing it. That's the command-line method and in the next video we'll look at the navigation-bar method of how to zoom in and out using AutoCad 2016.
- 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