AutoCAD is a computer-aided drafting program used for a large number of different design processes. Its usage centers around drawing with electronic equivalents of real-life drafting tools. The added support of digital precision helps with measurements and calculations, 3D components, and data sharing.
In this blog we will be sharing 50 useful commands in AutoCAD to make your user-experience a lot more easier.
Below mentioned are the top 50 commands in AutoCAD:
1. CHSPACE - This allows you to move objects in a drawing from layout to model space by choosing a viewport to push the text or objects into. This works in both directions.
2. BURST - Allows you to explode a block/object without losing any of its attributes.
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3. NCOPY - Copies linework or objects from a nested object into your current drawing. Especially useful for bringing XREF linework into current drawings.
4. OOPS - it fixes your mistake (as long as it's a delete) no matter how far back it was. Instead of using CTRL-Z, OOPS undoes your last erase command without affecting any work you have done since then.
5. FILEDIA - Setting this value to 1 allows dialog boxes to open in AutoCAD, setting it to 0 means everything is done in the command line.
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6. APPLOAD - Allows you to set which application to load in conjunction with opening AutoCAD.
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7. Work with Images - Instead of scaling and rotating images each time, simply insert the image into a blank drawing and set its position, scale, and rotation. After your image is how you want it, save the drawing. This lets you insert that image as a drawing, instead of the image, and all settings are kept the same. Especially useful for images like company logos, etc.
8. R / REDRAW - Refreshes the drawing in the viewport.
9. DIMBASELINE - Creates a dimension that starts from a baseline of earlier dimensions that is linear, angular, or coordinate.
10. ID - Displays point coordinates throughout your worksheet.
11. Autoscale Setting - You can adjust your default scale factor by setting the Auxiliary scale factor to Plot Scale or Dimscale.
12.OVERKILL - Deletes any duplicate or overlapping items. Perfect for the AutoCAD perfectionists out there.
13.QDIM - Quick dimension creation after object selection.
14.RECOVER - Recovers a damaged file.
15. Default NO PLOT Layer - Creates a layer called DEFPOINTS. Anything on this layer will show up in model and paper space, but won't plot. Perfect for adding notes.
16. TORIENT - Orients text to a specified angle or most readable angle. Also works on Block Attributes.
17. RULESURF - Quickly creates a surface between two predefined curves.
18. Importing Block Definitions - After the INSERT command and selecting the file, press the ESC key at your first prompt. Definitions will be kept in your drawing to reference later.
19.SPELL - For all those engineers out there that can't spell, use this to spell check all your text. (Uses your computer language settings)
20. XCLIP - Trims a block's visible area using a boundary line. Use the command first, then set or draw the boundary.
21. U - A quicker "undo" than CTRL Z.
22. Stop REGEN After PAN - For drawings not created by you, AutoCAD can sometimes autoregen after you pan around. To keep this from happening, use the VIEWRES command and type YES to fast zooms, then set your zoom percent to 200.
23. MATLIB - Imports and exports materials to a library.
24. WIPEOUT - Allows you to set boundaries on top of lines and objects that "wipes out" everything behind it. Like a reverse hatch. It's a good idea to put all your wipeouts on one layer so you can turn them on and off as you wish.
25. One Key Shortcut - Want to know all of the one key AutoCAD shortcuts? Autodesk put together this quick guide that assembles them all into one sheet.
26. DIMROTATED - Aligns dimensions to objects that are staggered where DIMALIGNED falls short.
27. BOX - Creates a 3D box and defines height, depth, and width.
28. COLOR - Chooses a layer color for future objects/lines/blocks.
29.DIMALIGNED - Creates a dimension aligned with an axis or a line.
30.LIGHT - Let's you modify the lighting effects on 3D models.
31. MLEDIT - Edits multiple parallel lines at once.
32. PAGESETUP - Allows you to set up your paper in paper space. Useful for changing your designed plot paper size. This is one of my most used AutoCAD tricks.
33. SKETCH- Creates freehand drawing lines.
34. TIME - Displays all of the statistics of your current DWG file like creation date, last update, and edit times.
35. 3DSOUT - Exports a file compatible with 3D Studio [.3ds].
36. PREVIEW - Similar to print preview in other programs, allows you to see how your paperspace drawing will plot went sent to a plotter.
37.PFACE - Creates a 3D mesh vertex by vertex.
38. SAVEALL & CLOSEALL - The best 2 commands an engineer can hit at the end of his or her workday.
39. MENUBAR - Toggles you to the old style menu bar.
40. Ctrl + R - Changes viewports in paperspace.
41. BATTMAN - Does not signal Batman. Changes the order and properties of block definitions.
42. FACETRES - Adjust the smoothness of curves on a solid.
43. QLATTACH - Attaches leader line to MTEXT.
44. XDWGFADECTL - Quickly changes XREF settings back to normal by setting the value at 0. Will fix "faded" XREFs in your drawing.
45. QSELECT - Let's you filter your selection to certain objects by object type or other criteria.
46. BO / BOUNDARY - If you want to split an object in half, simply draw a line through it and use the BOUNDARY command in each half to create correctly sized polylines and erase the original object.
47. IMAGECLIP - Let's you "crop" an image in your DWG.
48. CLASSICXREF - If you miss the old style of XREFs, this is for you.
49. SETBYLAYER - Sets properties of selected or all objects to BY LAYER.
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50. XDWGFADECTL - Quickly changes XREF settings back to normal by setting the value at 0. Will fix "faded" XREFs in your drawing.