AutoCAD Right-Click Delay: Tuesday Tips With Frank


By Frank Mayfield

What if I told you that you could increase your productivity in less than half a second? If you’re someone who likes to leave their right-click mouse button set to ENTER, this tip is for you.

If you’re not using the contextual popup menus when you right-click, you’re missing out on one of my favorite productivity enhancements. Below are some examples. On the left, a viewport is selected, on the right, a hatch. Since the menus are contextual, you get commands that are specific to what’s selected.

AutoCAD Right-Click Delay

But if you’re someone who just can’t give up your right-click as ENTER, you can still have the best of both worlds. It’s easy using the time sensitive right-click feature.

Enabling Time-Sensitive Right-Click

To turn it on, simply call up the Options dialog box, go to the User Preferences tab, and then select the Right-Click Customization button. You’ll get a second dialog box that contains the control for time-sensitive right-clicks.

AutoCAD Right-Click Delay

When enabled, right-click will still function as you prefer, with a single, quick click working as ENTER, but now, by holding down the mouse button just a little longer – a quarter of a second by default – you’ll get the contextual popup menu instead. Feel like you need to hold it down a different length of time? Adjust the click duration setting up or down (it’s shown in milliseconds).

So, by changing your workflow by just a fraction of a second, not only can you still use right-click as you prefer to, but you add a myriad of task appropriate tools – all by using time-sensitive right-click.

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    Michael Viscetto

    That is a great tip Frank. Thanks for the reminder. I have a user that just cannot change his right-click from enter. This tip may just offer the advantage needed to get him to start utilizing the contextual popup menus. Be well. MV

  2. dgrant3

    This is an excellent feature!!!!

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    Fantastic tip, Frank! Great post!

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