Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Pulldowns, part of AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training.
Every AutoCAD instructor will tell you there is at least three ways to do everything in AutoCAD. Command entry is no exception. Let's take a look at the pulldown menus, yet another way to launch AutoCAD commands. Now if we look at the top of the screen we can see that we have several pulldown menus available to us. Now if you are familiar with any Windows applications, some of these menus are probably familiar to you. I am going to come over and click on the File pulldown, it will open him up. Now the commands and the options within the File pulldown they relate to the AutoCAD drawing in its entirety. For instance I can create a new drawing here, I can open a drawing, I can save or email my drawing or I could plot my drawing.
Let's take a look at the Edit pulldown. If I come up and hover over the Edit pulldown, here's where I have access to my typical Windows' Clipboard functions, my Cut, my Copy, my Paste. Now I am going to move outside the pulldown and I am going to hit my Escape key to close that because I want to show you the commands that we just talked about are also available right here at the top of our interface's toolbar icons. Once again the pulldowns are just another way of launching the same AutoCAD commands. Let's take a look at the View pulldown. I am going to come up and click on View to open this guy up. Now we're not going to go through all of the pulldowns.
I am just going to give you an idea of how these things work. We will go through some of the other ones as we progress through the videos. The View pulldown is where we can control how our drawing looks on our screen. Now notice that some of these options have a little black triangles to the right. That represents a flyout menu. If I hover over the option, AutoCAD will pop-up the flyout, I get additional selections. Another thing we may see in a pulldown is an option with three dots. The dots mean that this particular option will bring up a dialog box. I am going to click on this guy and we can see there is the dialog box that's related to that option.
I am going to close this. Now remember we talked about the importance of the Draw and the Modify toolbar. We also have a Draw and a Modify pulldown. I am going to click on the Modify pulldown to open him up and I want you to take a look at the list of commands that we have available. Also notice right next to the command name there is a little icon. This happened to be the same icons and in the same order as what we have in our Modify toolbar, once again, just another way to launch the commands. Probably the most important pulldown that we have is the Help pulldown.
This is where we can go if we have a question or a problem. Now the nice aspect about the Help feature in AutoCAD is that it's context sensitive. That means I can get help for a command that I am currently using. Let me show you what I mean. I am going to come over and click on my Modify pulldown to open that up and I am going to come down and select the Mirror command. Now I have just launched the Mirror command and I have a question. One question might be, how do I use this? If I want that question answered, I can come up to my Help pulldown and I can select Help.
AutoCAD will pop-up the Help dialog giving me all the information that I need regarding that command and as a bonus AutoCAD will also tell me where this command is located in the other areas of my interface. For instance, the Mirror command is in the Modify toolbar and it's also located in the Modify pulldown. Close this up. And I am going to hit my Escape key to clear the Mirror command. Now you maybe asking yourself what is the best way to work? Should I take and use toolbar or should I use pulldowns? You can do whatever is most productive for you, whichever way it allows you to work best, that's the way you can work.
Now you may also be asking that Help feature, that's kind of nice, is that also available as a toolbar icon,? Yes, it is, it's right up here at the top of our interface. No matter how you access your commands, whether it would be through the pulldown menus or the toolbars, it's nice to know that AutoCAD gives you the flexibility to work in a manner that makes you most productive.
- Opening, viewing, saving, and sharing drawings
- Customizing the workspace
- Mastering drawing fundamentals and specialized commands
- Defining units of measure and controlling accuracy
- Making primary modifications and major changes to a drawing
- Organizing layers and reusable content
- Annotating and dimensioning
- Plotting with layouts
- Sizing linetypes, modelspace text, and dimensions for a plot
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1. The AutoCAD Interface
2. Opening, Viewing, and Saving Drawings
3. Drawing Fundamentals
4. Controlling Drawing Units
5. Controlling Accuracy
6. Specialized Draw Commands
7. Primary Modifications
8. Selecting Entities
9. Making Major Changes
10. Organizing Drawings
11. General Annotation
13. Helpful AutoCAD Tools
14. Reusable Content
16. Sharing Data
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