Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video The command COMMANDLINE, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- We're staying in the 02_Interface.dwg file. In the previous video, you'll remember that we hid the AutoCAD Command Line, by using the command: COMMANDLINEHIDE. Now, as you can see, I've left the Command Line hidden. So, there's no Command Line right now at the bottom of the AutoCAD screen. Now, if I want to type another command, how do I do it in AutoCAD? Well, the benefit you have is this little command down here, this little drafting setting called Dynamic Input.
Now, the good thing is most later versions of AutoCAD have Dynamic Input, so, you shouldn't struggle. As long as Dynamic Input is switched on, move the crosshair into the center of the screen, and just type COMM. As soon as you do that, you'll see all the Command Line commands come up in the suggestion menu, on the Dynamic Input menu, next to the crosshair. So, you can see there that I've got COMMANDLINEHIDE, but, I've also got another command, if I move down here, called COMMANDLINE.
Now, if I click on COMMANDLINE, that displays the Command Line again. So, you can see, that if I type COMMANDLINEHIDE, like I did in the previous video, and I hide the Command Line, all I've then got to do is type COMMANDLINE again, and it brings the Command Line back. It's that quick, and it's that easy. So, let's just review that, really, really quickly. If I type COMMANDLINEHIDE, again, I've just typed COMM on the suggestion menu, there, I'll do COMMANDLINEHIDE.
It prompts me: Do I want to close the Command Line window? Yes, I do. I don't tick, "Always close the Comand Line window". So, I'm going to type yes, there, and the Command Line is gone. If I now type COMM on the Dynamic Input prompt there, and select COMMANDLINE again, it brings the Command Line back. It's that quick and it's that easy. So, the good thing is if you want to hide the Command Line, you can. If you want to bring the Command Line back, you can, as well. Such is the benefits of working with such a sophisticated product as AutoCAD.
It gives you all these lovely little options, these lovely little tweeks, that allow you to, in this case, hide the Command Line, or bring it back.
- 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