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AutoCAD Cursor Badges: Tuesday Tips With Heidi

Heidi Hewett
October 3, 2017

The AutoCAD cursor includes badges to provide contextual feedback during many common operations.

AutoCAD Cursor Badges

Selection badges indicate when you are creating crossing or window selections.

AutoCAD Cursor Badges

An inspection badge is displayed when using inquiry tools including Distance, Radius, Angle, Area, Volume, Mass Properties, List, and ID.

AutoCAD Cursor Badges

Rotation badges are displayed when specifying the angle of rotation during a Rotate operation.

AutoCAD Cursor Badges

The rotation badge displays a clockwise or counter-clockwise arrow according to the direction specified by the Drawing Units.

AutoCAD Cursor Badges

Relevant badges are displayed for other editing commands including Move, Copy, and Scale.

AutoCAD Cursor Badges

Zoom, Erase, and Trip also display relevant cursor badges.

AutoCAD Cursor Badges

If you prefer not to display cursor badges, you can change the CURSORBADGE system variable from its default value of 2 to 1.

More Tuesday Tips

Check back in next week to find out about autofilling table cells, and don’t forget to check out the full Tuesday Tips series. Want more? Lynn Allen’s AutoCAD 2018 Tips & Tricks and The Best of Lynn Allen’s Tips & Tricks are available for download now!



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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.