Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Making changes using Quick Properties, part of AutoCAD 2009: 2D Drafting Techniques.
If you need to make general property changes to your objects, nothing is faster than using the Quick Properties tool. It's like having a miniature property changer palette right at your cursor. I want to start this tutorial by turning off several of my Mode Settings. Quite a few of these guys, I'm not going to be using, so I'm going to turn them all off right now. Now the ones that are on are colored blue, if I click these they will turn gray that let's me know that the mode is turned off. To use our Quick Properties tool we'll click the icon on the end in the Status bar. This turns the feature on. Now we don't notice anything special happen on screen until we select something. If I click to select the edge of my detail, notice AutoCAD gives me a miniature property changer palette.
Now this guy pops up in a collapsed state, if I place my cursor over, it will open up and I get access to a limited number of settings. This guy works just like our Property Changer. So if I would like to move this entity on to a different layer, I can simply click in this field, grab the flyout and I can select a different layer. When I'm finished, I can hit my Escape key that deselects my object and the palette goes away. Now I would like to make another change. I'm going to zoom in right over here because I have a hatch pattern that's on the wrong layer, let's fix that. Once again, I'll click the hatch. My palette pops up on screen.
I can come up and click in the field and I can easily make the change. Let's talk about some of the settings that control how this tool works. I'm going to come up and click the Options icon and we'll select Settings. Down at the bottom of the dialog box in my Size settings this controls the size of the palette when it comes up on screen. Notice that I also have a toggle that allows the palette to collapse. Let's take a look at Location Mode. Notice I have two settings: Cursor and Float. By default he is set to Cursor. If I was to set this to Float, the next time the palette comes up on screen I can move it wherever I like and then it will always come up at the same location.
Now I would like to have my settings near my cursor. So I'm going to select the Cursor option and I had a couple of controls, if I click the flyout, I can choose the location where the palette is going to come up in relation to my cursor. Probably the most important one is the Distance. Currently this is set to 50 pixels. That means the palette is going to come up 50 pixels away from my cursor. I am going to bump this up a little bit, so the palette is not quite so close. I'm going to set this to 100 and click OK. At this point we'll back up and let's put out our boundary back on the correct layer. Notice when I click this, the palette is now coming up a little bit farther away from my cursor.
I'm going to click in the layer area, we'll grab the flyout and we'll place this guy back on the border layer. If the palette itself ever happened to be in the way, you can simply click and hold on this handle and you can place it wherever you like on the screen. When I'm finished I'll hit my Escape key. That will deselect the object. We'll close the palette. Using the Quick Properties tool we can make many of our property changes much faster because the settings are just inches from our cursor.
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