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By Your Command (Line), Part 1 – The Best of Tuesday Tips

Leah E. Friedman
February 28, 2017

We’ve heard you loud and clear: The command line can make life in AutoCAD 2017 a breeze! We’ve covered this feature in many Tuesday Tips, and now we’re happy to highlight the best of the best.

Float On

Top Tip: “By default, the command line is in a floating mode, which means it can be moved and placed anywhere on your screen—or even on another screen. Move it up and out of the way, front and center, or, for you traditionalists, back down in the lower left corner.” – Lynn Allen

AutoCAD floating command line: Tuesday tips with Lynn

Also: Tips on selectable options, and synonym suggestions.

The Corrections

Top Tip: “No more of the dreaded ‘unknown command’! Now if you mistype a command, AutoCAD will autocorrect to the most relevant command. Hoorah!” – Lynn Allen

AutoCAD command line: AutoCorrect. Tuesday tips with Lynn

Also: Tips on AutoComplete, content (ex: layers, blocks, hatch patterns, and styles), and expandable categories.

Cloud Atlas

Top Tip: “If you draw revision clouds, you’re going to love the updated REVCLOUD that supports rectangular, polygonal, and freehand (and Object from the command line). Revision clouds are much easier to edit now using grips—no more of those stretched, elongated arcs! Use the Modify option to put together more than one revision cloud. (This was a big AUGI Wish List request!) Simply create an additional revision cloud off an existing one (using Modify) and delete the desired portion of the existing revision cloud.” – Lynn Allen


Also: Tips on copy, and quick move and copy.

Express Line

Top Tip: “The NCOPY Express Tool is just one of the many tools that is now a core AutoCAD command. Copy nested objects from Xrefs, blocks, and DGN underlays—no need to explode or bind! Use the Delete Duplicates tool (OVERKILL command) to clean up your drawing and remove overlapping and duplicate geometry. It can even remove extra vertices in polylines!” – Lynn Allen

Also: Tips on the blend tool, the isometric drafting environment, arcs, nudge, and multifunctional grips.

More Tuesday Tips

Come back next week for more of the Best of Tuesday Tips on the command line, and don’t forget to check out the full Tuesday Tips with Lynn series in the meantime. Want it all in one place? Register to download the Best of Lynn Allen’s Tips & Tricks!



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Leah E. Friedman

Leah E. Friedman is an AutoCAD Content Marketing Manager here at Autodesk, and she truly loves being part of a company that makes software for fellow creatives. A Bay Area resident originally from Philadelphia, she justifies supporting the Warriors by constantly pointing out that they also started out in the City of Brotherly Love.