Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using zoom via the navigation bar, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- We're now in the next video of the Navigating in a Drawing section of our Using the Command Line in AutoCAD course. We're staying with the 07_Navigating.dwg file which you'll find in your lynda.com exercise files. In the previous video, we looked at utilizing the Command Line to zoom in and out in your AutoCAD drawing. And you'll notice down at the bottom of the screen here, that my Dynamic Input is still switched off. Now I've left if off for a reason, because what I'm going to utilize this time is the Navigation bar over here on the right-hand side of your AutoCAD drawing area.
By default, it should be there. If it isn't there, watch the next video in this particular section and we'll look at controlling the Navigation bar visibility. A bit like how we looked at the Command Line visibility at the beginning of this course. Now the only thing I want to look at on the Navigation bar is the Zoom tools, and that's this one here, and you can see when I hover over it there it's telling me that it's Zoom Extents. If I click on the little fly-out menu though, it gives me all the different zoom options that I can use with the Zoom command.
So for example, if I went to Zoom Window, like so, I get a litte Zoom Window icon up here on the crosshair, can you see that? So if I now just click, drag, and hold, and do a Zoom Window like that and release the mouse and click again, I zoom in to that particular window. It zooms to the extent of that window I've specified. So if I just right-click there, and I Repeat 'ZOOM, like that or Recent Input, you can see I've got ZOOM there as well, if I Repeat 'ZOOM like that it then takes me just to the ZOOM Command.
So if I want to do a Zoom Window again I can nip down here now, like so, do another Zoom Window, click and drag, release and click again, and there's my Zoom Window again. You can see there, I'm combining the Navigation bar and then the right-click on the mouse to use the Command Line again. And you'll notice there's no Dynamic Input switched on at all. So the Navigation bar is extremely useful as well, because I can use the Zoom tools there if I want to, I can do something like a Zoom Previous that takes me back to the previous zoom, and if I do another Zoom Previous there, like that, takes me back to where I was at the beginning.
You can see that the Navigation bar is another useful interface tool that you can combine with the Command Line in AutoCAD to zoom in and out effectively in your AutoCAD drawing.
- 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