Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Use inquiry commands, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- Let's have a look now at the inquiry commands available to us in AutoCAD. Now these inquiry commands allow us to measure things like distance and areas and also allow us to check the ID of a particular coordinate. So, we're staying in the plate drawing and we're now using 2 Inquiry PLATE Complete drawing. Now, I'm using the complete one because it's the completed version and I'll save that back into your exercise files for you to use.
If you want to follow along with the video, make sure that you use 2 Inquiry PLATE Complete.dwg. Because that's the clean version, without anything added to it before the beginning of the video. So we've got the plate, we've got some circles, we've got some rectangles but we've also got these lines that we were working on in the previous video. Now what I've done there is I've joined them together with this extra line at the bottom. And the reason I've done that is that now we have a closed boundary that we can calculate an area of.
More importantly, I can also measure distances. If I go to the Home tab up here on the ribbon, and I go over to Utilities here and click on the fly-out. Can you see we've got this tool here? It's a measure tool. And what I can do is, I can click on it and click on the down arrow here, and I can measure distances, radius, angle, area or volume. Now, we don't need to worry about volume, because we're working in a flat 2D drawing. But if I go to Distance, it now prompts me now for a first point. So if I use that endpoint there, click, and that endpoint there.
Click. That distance is three units. Now the lovely thing is, once I've done that once, I'm still in that measure geometry command. So, I can use the menu here now and I can say I want to calculate an area. So, if I click there now, it's asking for the first corner point. Now, obviously, my screen is quite constricted at the moment. I'll just let that die down, it does fade away in a few seconds. But what I want to do now, is just pan upwards a little bit, just so I can see what I'm doing, and I'm just going to work my way around the shape. It asks for the first corner point.
If I click once, using the endpoint snaps, and just draw around this shape like so. Can you see it's filling it in green? And I get to the first point again, like so, like that. And if I now right-click and enter that, it gives me the area. Can you see that? Area equals 12, perimeter equals 14. Just above the command line there. So it's telling me that the area is 12 square units and the perimeter is 14 units. Now, I don't know what the units are in this drawing. It is purely generic. They're just units.
They could be meters, kilometers, centimeters, feet, inches, could be anything. But I'm not too worried. But the good thing is, look, I'm still in that measure geometry, so I can measure another distance now, and just go endpoint to endpoint. Always useful to have your snaps on when doing this, because then it's obviously accurate. And that's four, that distance is four. It's showing me on the dynamic input there. Now this measure geometry command is fantastic when you've got the dynamic input switched on, because it all shows up on the cross hair so that you can see what's going on.
And then when you're done, all you gotta do is hit that little exit button there. And we're done. We're out of the measure geometry command. Now, one of the nice things you can do is do the function F2, like that, to bring up your AutoCAD text window. So that is your F2 key on your keyboard and you can see, look, here's all our information. There's the 12 there, the area, there's the distance, four, there. And the nice thing about this is that I can highlight and I can copy, if I want to, to the clipboard and perhaps input that into a spreadsheet or perhaps into a Word document.
And then, I just press F2 again to lose that and I'm back to my drawing. And we're done. We've used the inquiry commands and these tools, again, are very useful in AutoCAD. Practice, practice, practice, so you're ready for your AutoCAD Professional Certification Exam.
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