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Command Window: Exploring the Features and Benefits of AutoCAD

Heidi Hewett
July 7, 2017

The AutoCAD Command window offers efficient keystroke access to commands and system variables. You can even use it to find other content such as blocks, hatch patterns, and layers.

Display

You can dock the Command window at the top or bottom of the drawing area, or you can have it float anywhere on your screen – including a second monitor! Control the width of the command window and how many lines of command history it displays. You can apply and adjust transparency allowing you to see geometry beneath it.

AutoCAD Command Window Benefits

Command Aliases

In addition to launching AutoCAD commands by entering the full command name, you can use command aliases, which are shortened command names. For example, instead of entering LINE or OFFSET to launch those commands, you can simply enter L or O to save keystrokes! AutoCAD includes command aliases for many commands and you can easily create or modify them to meet your needs.

AutoCAD Command Window Benefits

AutoComplete

As you begin typing in the Command window, AutoCAD automatically completes the entry with a valid AutoCAD command or alias. If you pause, it displays a suggestion list of commands, aliases, system variables, and other content that matches your entry. If the command (or other item) is at the top of the list, you can press enter to launch it or continue entering more characters to narrow the list. You can scroll down the list at any time to select the item you want. AutoComplete even supports mid-string search, enabling you to enter a string of characters from anywhere in the command (or other item) so you don’t have to remember the exact name! If you type SETTING on the command line, the suggestion list displays commands containing the word SETTING anywhere, not just at the beginning.

AutoCAD Command Window Benefits

AutoCorrect

The Command window supports AutoCorrect, minimizing the need for you to reenter a command if you accidentally mistype it. For example, if you mistakenly type TABEL, AutoCAD autocorrects to the most relevant and valid AutoCAD command: TABLE. Just in case that wasn’t what you intended, AutoCAD displays a suggestion list of other potential commands and content. You can choose from the list or simply hit enter, accepting the most relevant suggestion without even knowing you mistyped it! If the automatic corrections that AutoCAD suggests are not sufficient to address your common mistakes, you can easily customize the AutoCorrect list to meet your needs.

AutoCAD Command Window Benefits

Synonym Suggestions

In addition to offering suggestions for misspelled commands, the AutoCAD Command window can suggest relevant AutoCAD commands in place of common synonyms. For example, if you enter SYMBOL in the Command window, AutoCAD finds the INSERT command so you can insert a block, which is the equivalent of inserting symbols in a drawing. Or, if you enter ROUND, AutoCAD finds the FILLET command so you can add a fillet to a corner. If the default synonyms that AutoCAD suggests don’t meet your needs, you can easily customize the Synonyms list!

AutoCAD Command Window Benefits

Adaptive Suggestions

Commands in the suggestion list are initially displayed in the order of their usage based on general customer data. As you continue to use AutoCAD, the order of commands in the suggestion list will adapt to your own usage habits.

Command Options

After launching a command from the command window, the name of the command is displayed alongside the current prompts or options. Options are displayed with blue text indicating that you can either click on the option in the command window or type the blue characters to access it.

AutoCAD Command Window Benefits

Content

In addition to using the Command window to access commands and system variables, you can also use it to access drawing content including layers, blocks, hatch patterns/gradients, text styles, dimension styles, and visual styles. For example, if you enter Door at the command line and the current drawing has a block definition with the name Door, you can quickly insert it right from the suggestion list.

AutoCAD Command Window Benefits

More on the Command Window

About entering commands in the command window

To work with the command line suggestion list

Understanding the command line

Using the command line

How to Customize Commands with the .pgp file

Keep Exploring

Want to learn more? Check out all the benefits of AutoCAD on our Features page; troubleshoot and get the details on previous software versions over on the Autodesk Knowledge Network; or take a look at all entries in our series, Exploring the Features and Benefits of AutoCAD.

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Heidi Hewett

Heidi Hewett has dedicated her career to educating people on the use of AutoCAD software. She began using AutoCAD as a student in 1986 and soon after earning her B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Heidi transitioned from an Autodesk customer to an Autodesk employee. During her career at Autodesk, Heidi has held a variety of positions including Product Support Technician, Training Specialist, and Senior Applications Engineer. In her current role as the AutoCAD Technical Marketing Manager, Heidi assists the marketing team in developing and delivering technical marketing material for AutoCAD. She continues to educate Autodesk customers, partners, and employees through Webcasts, seminars, and her AutoCAD Insider blog. It is her passion for education that inspired Heidi to earn an M.S. in Technical Communication and an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies.

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