In this video, author Shaun Bryant explains the use of the command line in AutoCAD.
- [Instructor] We're starting a new chapter now in our Auto CAD using the command line course. And we're quite literally going to be looking at the Auto CAD command line. Now for this particular chapter we've got a new exercise file for you. And again you can download it from the library. You can see the name of the file at the top of the screen, it's CommandLine.dwg. So download that particular exercise file or make sure you have downloaded it so that you can follow along with the videos in this particular chapter.
Now the one thing you will notice is it's a very, very simple drawing with just some simple lines there, representing some walls in your Auto CAD drawing. That's because we won't really be doing much drawing, we'll be working with our Auto CAD command line. So the command line is normally by default located at the bottom of the screen. So if I come down to the command line here, you'll notice I can hover over it and get a cursor, which means I can input text commands there, like so. You'll also notice that there are some arrows and some icons on the command line here.
You'll notice you can customize your command line. You'll also notice you can close the command line. You'll also notice here if I click on this arrow here, that takes me to the command history. So if I click there, there's my command history. If I click on it again, it goes away again. And also more importantly, the command line is movable. See these little group of dots here, click and hold an drag with the mouse and your command line can be floated around the screen and then when you release the mouse it stays there like so. Now you might think that's a bit sort of nice to have not got to have really, but that particular movement of the command line if you're running a jewel screen environment with Auto CAD is very, very useful because it means you can move the command line to a different screen and have all of your drawing on one screen and all of your commands on another screen.
So it's a useful tool. Let's just take it back down to the bottom now which is where I prefer it to be. It's kind of where I like it. Where I'm used to it being as well. So just leave it at the bottom there docked again. You'll notice it kind of jumps down onto the status bar on the bottom there and kind of magnetizes itself. That's purely just the way the command line works. So just get it to click on and stick to the status bar at the bottom of the screen and that's where I'm going to be using it throughout this course for you.
- Entering input with the keyboard and mouse
- Positioning the command line
- Closing the command line
- Customizing command-line settings
- Typing commands
- Using dynamic input
- Using human interface devices (HID)
- Navigating an AutoCAD drawing with the command line
- Using the function keys
- Entering coordinates