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AutoCAD Command Shortcuts
IN THIS GUIDE This guide lists AutoCAD shortcuts in groups according to the command sequence. For example, all text relevant shortcuts are grouped together.

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BLOCKS 5 COMMON COMMANDS 5 CONTROL KEYS 5 COORDINATE ENTRY 5 DIMENSIONING 5 DRAWING OBJECTS 5 EXTERNAL REFERENCE 5 FORMATTING 5 FUNCTION KEYS 5 INQUIRY 5 LAYERS 5 MODIFYING OBJECTS 5 OBJECT SELECTION 5 OBJECT SNAP 5 TEXT 5 3D 5 UCS 5 VIEWPORTS 5 Notes: 1. Generally a shortcut prefixed with ” -“ will suppress the associated dialogue from appearing. 2. Some of the following shortcuts only work with AutoCAD 2006. 3. Not all of the shortcuts listed work with AutoCAD LT.

BLOCKS
SHORTCUT ATT ATTEDIT B BATTMAN BATTORDER BC BCOUNT BE EATTEXT GATTE I -I MINSERT REFEDIT REN W XLIST COMMAND ATTDEF ATTEDIT BLOCK BATTMAN BATTORDER BCLOSE BCOUNT BEDIT EATTEXT GATTE INSERT INSERT MINSERT REFEDIT RENAME WBLOCK XLIST COMMENT Opens attribute definition dialogue box Edit attribute values for a specific block Opens block dialogue box in order to make a block Opens block attribute manager Displays attribute order dialogue box Closes the block editor Counts the blocks in a drawing Opens the edit block definition dialogue box Enhanced attribute extraction wizard to count blocks Global attribute edit of multiple blocks Opens insert dialogue to insert a block Insert a block by name Insert block in rectangular array Edit a block reference in place Opens rename dialogue box to rename blocks, layers, etc Write a block - for use in other drawings Lists type/block name/layer name/color/linetype of a nested object in a block or an xref

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INSERT and select BASEPOINT. Set ATTDIA to 1 to use dialog box with block attributes or 0 to use command line. This allows you to pick anywhere in the drawing (and anywhere in the block you are inserting) as your new insertion point (basepoint).www. 2. Create a new block on layer 0 so that the block will use the layer and properties of the current layer it is inserted on.homemicro. Text can be set to colour white.uk C AD _003 TIPS 1. COMMON COMMANDS SHORTCUT A AL AP AR AUDIT AV B C CO CHA COL CUI D DC DI DIV DO DV E EX F FI FLATTEN G H I IM J Page 2 of 13 COMMAND ARC ALIGN APPLOAD ARRAY AUDIT DSVIEWER BLOCK CIRCLE COPY CHAMFER COLOR COMMENT Draw an arc Align an object with another Opens application load dialogue box Opens array dialogue box Audit drawing for errors Opens ariel view of drawing Opens block dialogue box Draw a circle Copy an object Chamfer between 2 non-parallel lines Opens select color dialogue box Opens customise user interface dialogue DIMSTYLE ADCENTER DIST DIVIDE DONUT DVIEW ERASE EXTEND FILLET FILTER FLATTEN GROUP HATCH INSERT IMAGE JOIN Opens dimstyle manager Opens designcenter Check a distance Inserts point node a set division Draw a solid donut shape Perspective view Erase a selection Extend a selection Draw an arc between 2 intersecting lines Opens filter dialogue box Converts 3D to 2D Launches the group dialogue box Opens hatch and gradient dialogue box Insert a block Launches image manager Joins 2 objects to form single object © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts . 3.co. AutoCAD 2006 allows you to change the insertion point on the fly.

DDPTYPE to change pointstyle Opens properties dialogue box Preview a plot Opens purge dialogue box to remove unused elements Regenerate the display Draw a rectangle Opens rename dialogue box to rename blocks.uk C AD _003 JPGOUT L LA LE LEAD LI or LS LO LTS M MA ME O OP P PE PL PLOT PO PR PRE PU RE REC REN RO SP T TB TP TR U UN V W JPGOUT LINE LAYER QLEADER LEADER LIST -LAYOUT LTScale MOVE MATCHPROPERTIES MEASURE OFFSET OPTIONS PAN POLYEDIT PLINE PLOT POINT PROPERTIES PREVIEW PURGE REGEN RECTANG RENAME ROTATE SPELL MTEXT TABLE TOOLPALETTES TRIM UNDO UNITS VIEW WBLOCK Creates a JPEG file of current drawing Draw a line Opens layer manager Draw a leader line (may need to adjust settings) Leader line with annotation Display information about objects in a text window Creates a new layout tab Change the linetype scale Move a selection Match properties of an object Inserts point node at input distance Offset a selection Launches options dialogue box Pan in drawing Edit a polyline Draw a polyline Opens plot/print dialogue box Point marker or node . etc Rotate a selection Spell check a selection . layers.ALL to check entire drawing Insert multiline text Opens insert a table dialogue box Displays toolpalette Trim a selection Undo last command Opens units dialogue box Opens view dialogue box Write a block Page 3 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts .homemicro.co.www.

www. E=EXTENTS. W=WINDOW CONTROL KEYS CTRL+0 CTRL+1 CTRL+2 CTRL+3 CTRL+8 CTRL+A CTRL+C CTRL+H CTRL+J CTRL+N CTRL+O CTRL+P CTRL+R CTRL+S CTRL+SHIFT+ S CTRL+V CTRL+X CTRL+Y CTRL+Z CTRL+TAB CTRL+PAGE UP CTRL+PAGE DOWN ARROW UP/Down PASTECLIP CUTCLIP REDO UNDO NEW OPEN PLOT CVPORT QSAVE COPYCLIP CLEANSCREEN PROPERTIES ADCENTER TOOLPALETTES QUICKCALC Turns user interface elements on/off Turns properties on/off Turns design center on/off Turns tool palettes window on/off Launches calculator window Select all Copies objects to clipboard Turns a group on or off Repeats last command Opens create new drawing dialogue box Opens the select file dialogue box Opens the plot dialogue box Switches between viewports Opens the save drawing as dialogue box Save as Pastes data from clipboard to drawing Removes select object from drawing to clipboard Performs the operation cancelled by UNDO Undoes the last operation Switches between open drawings Switch up between layout tabs Switch down between layout tabs Recall last command Page 4 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts .A=All.uk C AD _003 WHOHAS X XR Z WHOHAS EXPLODE XREF ZOOM Displays who has a drawing open Explode a selection Opens x-reference manager Zoom in display .co.homemicro.

uk C AD _003 COORDINATE ENTRY #X.Y @X.homemicro.Y #distance<angle @distance<angl e .0 in current UCS Location measured by distance and angle from last point Location by extracting and combining coordinate values from 2 or 3 points Location direct from current position in direction of movement An angle override from current point DIMENSIONING SHORTCUT CTRL+8 D DAL DAN DAR DBA DCO DDI DED DI DIMCENTER DLI DOR DOV DRA ID UN COMMAND QUICKCALC DIMSTYLE DIMALIGNED DIMANGULAR DIMARC DIMBASELINE DIMCONTINUE DIMDIAMETER DIMEDIT DIST DIMCENTER DIMLINEAR DIMORDINATE DIMOVERRIDE DIMRADIUS ID UNITS COMMENT Displays the calculator Opens dimension style manager dialogue box Aligned linear dimension line Angular dimension line Arc length dimension Ordinate dimension from baseline of previous dimension Ordinate dimension from 2nd extension line of previous dimension Diameter dimension for circles and arcs Edit dimension text on dimension objects Check a distance Creates center mark Linear dimension Ordinate point dimension Override dimension style Radial dimension for circles and arcs Display the co-ordinate values of a point Opens drawing units dialogue box DRAW ING OBJECTS SHORTCUT A B BO COMMAND ARC BLOCK BOUNDARY COMMENT Draw an arc with 3 points Opens block dialogue box in order to make a block Draw a boundary Page 5 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts .y or .www.co.x or.0 in current UCS Location measured by distance from last point Location measured by distance and angle from 0.xy etc distance <angle Location measured by distance from 0.

a complex line Point marker or node .www.co.if you do not see anything try changing the node properties DDPTYPE.XREF SHORTCUT REFEDIT XA XB XC XOPEN COMMAND REFEDIT XATTACH XBIND XCLIP XOPEN COMMENT Edit an external reference in place Opens select reference file dialogue for attaching Xref Opens Xbind dialogue .DDPTYPE to change pointstyle Draw a regular polygon 3 to 1024 sides Construction line in one direction Draw a rectangle Region . EXTERNAL REFERENCE . Alternatively set PDMODE to 3 to display an X at id point set PDMODE to 0 to clear.note can select a polyline Spline or smooth curve along points Multi-line text Masks part of drawing for clarity Construction line of infinite length TIP 1.homemicro. 2.allows import only of symbols etc Create a border in an xref to hide outside area Opens a selected xref in a new window Page 6 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts . Use PO to create node point .for shading for example Revision cloud .uk C AD _003 C DO DT DIV EL F G H L LE LEAD ML O PL PO POL RAY REC REG REVCLOUD SPL T WIPEOUT XL CIRCLE DONUT TEXT DIVIDE ELLIPSE FILLET GROUP HATCH LINE QLEADER LEADER MLINE OFFSET PLINE POINT POLYGON RAY RECTANG REGION REVCLOUD SPLINE MTEXT WIPEOUT XLINE Draw a circle Draw a solid donut shape Single line text Inserts point node a set division Draw an ellipse Draw an arc between 2 intersecting lines Opens object grouping dialogue Opens hatch and gradient dialogue box Draw a line Draw a leader line (may need to adjust settings) Leader line with annotation Draw multilines Offset an object by distance Draw a polyline .

www. NOTES 1.homemicro. If a drawing has an Xref.co. OVERLAID should be used in place of ATTACH if 2 drawings share a common Xref. 2. eg a mechanical drawing could be overlaid an electrical drawing to prevent the building outline ‘appearing’ twice.uk C AD _003 XR XREF Opens Xref manager dialogue box TIP 1. FORMATTING SHORTCUT AP BE BH CUI D DC DDPTYPE LA LT LTS LW MA OP OS PR SSM ST TP TS DIMSTYLE ADCENTER DDPTYPE LAYER DDLTYPE LTSCALE LWEIGHT MATCHPROPERTIES OPTIONS DDOSNAP DDCHPROP SHEETSET DDSTYLE TOOLPALETTES TABLESTYLE COMMAND APPLOAD BEDIT BHATCH COMMENT Opens application load dialogue box Opens the edit block definition dialogue box Opens hatch and gradient dialogue box Opens customise user interface dialogue Opens dimension style manager dialogue box Opens designcenter Opens point style dialogue box Opens layer manager Opens line type manager Change the linetype scale Opens line weight settings dialogue box Match properties of an object Launches options dialogue box Opens drafting settings object snap dialogue Opens properties dialogue box Opens sheet set manager palette Opens text style dialogue box Displays toolpalette Opens table style dialogue box Page 7 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts . Using RELATIVE PATH to find the Xref file relative to the existing location can be a benefit if files are moved between locations or sent to others. the status bar will show the Manage Xref icon.

homemicro. 2. Page 8 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts . If you wish to identify a known location use ID and enter co-ordinates on command line to mark that location with a node point .www.co.uk C AD _003 FUNCTION KEYS SHORTCUT F1 F2 F3 F5 or CTRL+E F6 or CTRL+D F7 or CTRL+G F8 or CTRL+L F9 or CTRL+B F10 or CTRL+U F11 or CTRL+W F12 COMMAND HELP TEXTSCR GRAPHSCR OSNAP ISOPLANE COORDS GRID ORTHO SNAP POLAR OSNAP TRACK DYNMODE COMMENT Opens Autocad help Switches between text screen and graphic area Switches osnap on/off Cycles through isoplanes Turns coordinate display on/off Turns grid on/off Turns ortho on/off Turns snap on/off Turns polar on/off Turns object snap tracking on/off Turns dynamic input on/off INQUIRY SHORTCUT AA DI DDPTYPE ID LI or LS MASSPROP PR WHOHAS XLIST COMMAND AREA DIST DDPTYPE ID LIST MASSPROP PROPERTIES WHOHAS XLIST COMMENT Calculate the area Calculate a distance and angle Opens point style dialogue box Display the co-ordinate values of a point Display information about objects in a text window Calculate the region/mass properties of a solid Opens properties dialogue box Displays who has a drawing open Lists type/block name/layer name/color/linetype of a nested object in a block or an xref TIP 1.if you do not see anything try changing the node properties DDPTYPE. Alternatively set PDMODE to 3 to display an X at id point set PDMODE to 0 to clear.

uk C AD _003 LAYERS SHORTCUT LA LAYCUR LAYDEL LAYFRZ LAYISO LAYLCK LAYMCH LAYMRG LAYOFF LAYON LAYERP LAYTHW LAYWALK LMAN COMMAND LAYER LAYERCURRENT LAYERDELETE LAYERFREEZE LAYERISOLATE LAYERLOCK LAYERMATCH LAYERMERGE LAYEROFF LAYERON LAYERPREVIOUS LAYTHW LAYERWALK LMAN COMMENT Opens layer manager Change objects to current layer Delete a layer by selecting object Freeze a layer by selecting object Isolates a layer by selecting object Lock a layer by selecting object Match properties of a layer Moves objects from first layer to second and deletes first Switches a layer off Switches all layers on except frozen layers Restores previous layer state Thaws all layers Walk through layers Access Layer manager to save and restore layer states TIP Layer States .co.Create a layer state in Layer Manager (LA then Alt+S) to quickly switch between different layer property settings.homemicro.www. MODIFYING OBJECTS SHORTCUT AL AR BR CO or CP COPYTOLAYE R CHA E EX F G LEN M MI COMMAND ALIGN ARRAY BREAK COPY COPYTOLAYER CHAMFER ERASE EXTEND FILLET GROUP LENGTHEN MOVE MIRROR COMMENT Align an object with another Make multiple copies of an object Break a line by defining 2 points Copy object Copy object from one layer to another Chamfer between 2 non-parallel lines Erase selection Extend a line to meet another Draw an arc between 2 intersecting lines Opens object grouping dialogue .use to copy or move Lengthen or shorten a line Move an object Mirror an object Page 9 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts .

hold down the Control key while picking. When a grip point is selected cycle through command options using keyboard spacebar sequence STRETCH. Page 10 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts . MIRROR. ROTATE. 2. 2. 3. COMMAND ADD ALL CPOLYGON CROSSING FENCE GROUP LAST PREVIOUS REMOVE SNAPANGLE WINDOW WPOLYGON COMMENT Adds each successive object.use with copy/move/etc Most recently created visible object Most recent selection set Objects to remove from selection set Change the snap angle from default 0° Objects enclosed by window . SCALE.www.Move left to right Objects within a window polygon Use SHIFT+LEFT MOUSE BUTTON to deselect an object.homemicro. simply hit Enter. You don't need to continue to hold down the Control key after the first pick. Object Cycling . MIRROR. MOVE.co. SCALE. AutoCAD will cycle through all the objects that fall under the pickbox as you continue to pick. MOVE/COPY/ROTAT E OFFSET ROTATE STRETCH SCALE TRIM EXPLODE Copy move and rotate an object with one command Offset an object by distance Rotate an object Stretch an object Scale an object Trim objects Explode single entity to component parts When a grip point is selected cycle through command options using keyboard spacebar sequence STRETCH. When the correct object is highlighted. MOVE. Switch between Group and Ungroup using CTRL+H.Move right to left Objects touch by single selection fence Opens object grouping dialogue .uk C AD _003 MOCORO O RO S SC TR X TIP 1. yes H!! OBJECT SELECTION (use with editing commands) SHORTCUT A ALL CP C F G L P R SNAPANG W WP TIP 1. ROTATE. switches from remove All objects on thawed layers Objects touching or enclosed by selection polygon Objects touched or enclosed by window .

arc.www.uk C AD _003 OBJECT SNAP .co. ellipse Locate points without drawing lines Temporary tracking point Use TAB to cycle through Osnap points. SHIFT+RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON to reveal Osnap options TEXT SHORTCUT %%C %%D %%O %%P %%U COMMAND Ø ° OVERSCORE ± UNDERSCORE COMMENT Diameter dimensioning symbol Degrees symbol Toggles overscore mode on/off Plus/minus symbol Toggles underscore on/off Page 11 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts . NEAREST NODE NONE PARALLEL PERPENDICULAR QUADRANT TANGENT TRACK TT COMMAND OSNAP SNAP OSNAP TRACK APPARENT INT CENof DDOSNAP ENDPOINT EXTENSION FROM INSERTION INTERSECTION MIDPOINT COMMENT Switches osnap on/off Turns snap on/off Turns object snap tracking on/off Apparent intersection of 2 objects Snap to centre point Opens drafting settings/object snap dialogue Snap to end of line etc Extends lines beyond endpoint Snap to an offset distance from an object snap Snap to insertion point of text or block Snap to intersection of lines. circles.homemicro. arc. ellipse Snap to tangent of circle.OSNAP SHORTCUT F3 F9 or CTRL+B F11 or CTRL+W APP CEN DS END EXT FRO INS INT MID MTP NEA NOD NON PAR PER QUA TAN TK TT TIP 1. arcs Snap to midpoint of line etc Snap midpoint between two points Snap near to an object Snap to point node Turns off object snap modes Continues a line parallel to existing Snap to perpendicular of line etc Snap to quadrant of circle. 2.

THREE DIMENSIONAL .ALL checks all text in drawing Opens text style dialogue box Multiline/paragraph text Places circle. Text entered in paperspace is 1:1.uk C AD _003 DT ED FIND JUSTIFYTEXT MIRRTEXT SCALETEXT SPELL ST T or MT TCIRCLE TEXT TEXTFIT TORIENT TXT2MTXT WIPEOUT TIPS 1. e. and attribute definition objects Converts DTEXT to MTEXT Masks part of drawing for clarity To fit or align text in a defined area use DTEXT and select JUSTIFY/ALIGN or FIT . DTEXT DDEDIT FIND JUSTIFYTEXT MIRRTEXT SCALETEXT SPELLCHECK STYLE MTEXT TCIRCLE DTEXT TEXTFIT TORIENT TXT2MTXT WIPEOUT Single line dynamic text .g. or rectangle around each selected text object Single line dynamic text Stretches/shrinks text by selecting new start and/or end points Rotates text. slot.very useful if text is enclosed by a rectangle/ circle/etc.3D SHORTCUT 3D BOX CYLINDER DDUCS DDUCSP EXT IN REV RR SE SL SU Page 12 of 13 COMMAND 3D BOX CYLINDER DDUCS DDUCSP EXTRUDE INTERSECT REVOLVE RENDER SECTION SLICE SUBTRACT COMMENT Command line 3D solid options Draw a cube Draw a cylinder Opens ucs dialogue Opens ucs dialogue at orthographic tab Extrude a face Intersect an object Revolves an object about an axis Open render dialogue box Section Slice a solid Subtract selection from solid © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts .homemicro.Justify/Align to fit within text line Edit text Opens find and replace dialogue box Change the justification point without moving text Mirrtext 0 to turn off Scales text without moving the text insertion point Performs spellcheck .www. 5mm high text will print 5mm high. NOTES 1. mtext.co.

homemicro.www. DVIEW MSPACE MVIEW PSPACE VPORTS -VPORTS COMMAND COMMENT Cycle through viewports Switch up between layout tabs Switch down between layout tabs Perspective view.uk C AD _003 TOR UC UCS UNI VPORTS WE TORUS DDUCS UCS UNION VPORTS WEDGE Draw torus shape Displays UCS manager dialogue box UCS command line options Union solids Opens viewport dialogue box Draw a wedge UCS SHORTCUT OB UC UCS UCSICON W COMMAND OBJECT DDUCS UCS UCSICON WORLD COMMENT Align UCS with an object. Switch to modelspace in a viewport Make a viewport in paperspace Switch to paperspace from viewport Opens viewports dialogue box Create a viewport using command line To prevent a viewport from editing right mouse click on the viewport and select DISPLAY LOCKED/YES Page 13 of 13 © 2007 H O MEM IC R O AutoCAD C ommand Shortcuts . first select UCS Display UCS manager dialogue box Universal co-ordinate system options Change the UCS icon appearance Return to the WCS VIEW PORTS SHORTCUT CTRL+R CTRL+PAGE UP CTRL+PAGE DOWN DV MS MV PS VPORTS -VPORTS TIP 1.co.

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