Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Combining command line and the mouse, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- Last but not least in the command-process workflow is the ability to combine the command line and the mouse. Now this is a really neat feature in AutoCad 2016 and it gives you the ability to click on the submenus on the command line when you're working in a command. Now I did mention this previously and we're going to go through it in a little bit more detail. Just so you can see how it all works. Now the whole idea of this command-process workflow is you find the workflow that you're comfortable with.
I'm not going to tell you which workflow to use. I'm not going to tell you what to click on and why to click on it either. You will find that out as you begin to get comfortable with AutoCad. And you will find the command-process workflow that is best for you. Some people like the keyboard, some people like the ribbon. Some people like using command line only. Some people like using dynamic input. Get comfortable with what you like. The more comfortable you are with your command-process workflow, the more productive you will be. So, I'm going to use the command line in this particular case, because I want to show you how the command line and the mouse work together.
So I'm going to come down to the command line here and I'm going to type in PL for polyline like so. Now we did use this example previously, but it's a really a good example of how we can combine the mouse, the human-interface device, with the command line itself so I press Enter when I type in PL, I'm using keyboard there and command line. Now because I've got dynamic input switched on, when I come into the drawing area you can see that I can specify the start point either using the command line or using the coordinate input there on the dynamic input on the cross hair.
So I'm now going to draw myself another polyline. So I'm just going to start here and click and as soon as I do that now, can you see that all of my tools there, I've got all of my dynamic input, I've got the distance, the angle, and so on. So I can quite happily start drawing there. So I'm going to take that along there and using my direct-distance input I'm going to type in 1200, there's my distance there, and I just press Enter and there's my first line 1200 long. Now it may be that all I want to do here is draw a rectangular polyline.
So I don't actually need to come down here now and click on Arc there on the command line. However, I do need to come up here like so, and I'm going to come up here like that and I'm going to type in 500 on the direct-distance entry utilizing my polar tracking at 90 degrees and press Enter again and as I come across, the good thing is I can use a bit of object-snap tracking now, hover over that point, drag upwards, there's the intersection there with the two dash-green lines, click, and now I've got that one last polyline segment to draw, can you see it? The vertical one on the left-hand side.
Now this is where I can just come straight down to the command line utilizing the mouse and the command line. I click on Close and it automatically closes my polyline. So if I hover over that now, you can see it's a closed polyline on the layer furniture. So you can see how in AutoCad 2016 now, we can combine the human-interface device, the mouse and the command line at the same time, to become quick, productive and effective when we're drawing something like a polyline in AutoCad.
- 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