Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Options, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- We're staying in the 03_Customizing.dwg file, as we have done for the whole of this section on customizing the command line settings. One of the other tools that you have available to you in AutoCAD is the Options dialog box. There's lot of different ways of getting to the Options dialog box, but you can just come down here to the command line, hover over it, right click, and you can see there on the shortcut menu that you've got the Options option. That always makes me smile in AutoCAD whenever I'm training: you've got the Options option.
Always a good one. So let's click on the Options here like so, and that will open up the Options dialog box. You can see that there's loads and loads of settings in this Options dialog box, and a lot of them you never, ever need to change. However, when you look at certain settings in the Options dialog box, they can apply to the command line. Now, in the Display tab here, for example, you've got Color scheme, you've also got the Colors here.
So if I go to Colors now. When I'm in the 2D model space, which is what we're in over here in AutoCAD, you can see here that I've got lots of different settings. If I scroll down, you can see that I've got Lux, Lighting, and all different things here in the 2D model space, such as the color of my crosshairs, the viewport control, and so on. But you'll notice in the options I can change the colors of the command line. I've got the command history background. I've got the command history text here. And all of these colors can be changed.
You'll notice the colors here are changing, the default colors are changing as I move down. Can you see that? I've got blue, so that's the command option keyword. That's, for example, the command options that appear in the brackets on the command line when I'm typing in commands. All of those colors can be set in there. I'm not going to make any changes-I'll cancel that- but you can see that those settings can be changed to allow you to enhance your command line when you're using AutoCAD. There's lots of other settings available to you in the Options dialog box, but we're not here to talk about the Options dialog box.
We're here to talk about the command line. So let's just stick with those display color settings for now, just for the command line in AutoCAD. As you can see, it takes you to the Options dialog box, straight from the command line. If I just cancel this so I don't change any settings, it's just a case of right click on the command line, go to Options, and there's the dialog box there. Now the dialog box is big, so you might need to dock it or move it around. I'm just going to click on cancel to lose it now. You can get to your Options dialog box, again, from the command line 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