Auto-CAD Shortcut Keys

Shortcut Keys for some common commands in Auto-CAD Drawing:

To Perform
Command
Shortcut
Draw an arc with 3 points
ARC
A
Calculate the area
AREA
AA
Align an object with another
ALIGN
AL
Opens application load dialogue box
APPLOAD
AP
Make multiple copies of an object
ARRAY
AR
Opens Ariel view of drawing
DSVIEWER
AV
Opens attribute definition dialogue box
ATTDEF
ATT
Audit drawing for errors
AUDIT
AUDIT
Edit attribute values for a specific block
ATTEDIT
ATTEDIT
Opens block dialogue box in order to make a block
BLOCK
B
Closes the block editor
BCLOSE
BC
Opens the edit block definition dialogue box
BEDIT
BE
Opens block attribute manager
BATTMAN
BATTMAN
Displays attribute order dialogue box
BATTORDER
BATTORDER
Counts the blocks in a drawing
BCOUNT
BCOUNT
Draw a boundary
BOUNDARY
BO
Break a line by defining 2 points
BREAK
BR
Draw a circle
CIRCLE
C
Copy object
COPY
CO or CP
Chamfer between 2 non-parallel lines
CHAMFER
CHA
Opens select colour dialogue box
COLOR
COL
Copy object from one layer to another
COPYTOLAYER
COPYTOLAYER
Opens dimension style manager
DIMSTYLE
D
Opens design centre
ADCENTER
DC
Calculate a distance and angle
DIST
DI
Draw a solid donut shape
DONUT
DO
Single line text
TEXT
DT
Inserts point node a set division
DIVIDE
DIV
Opens point style dialogue box
DDPTYPE
DDPTYPE
Erase selection
ERASE
E
Draw an ellipse
ELLIPSE
EL
Extend a line to meet another
EXTEND
EX
Enhanced attribute extraction wizard to count blocks
EATTEXT
EATTEXT
Draw an arc between 2 intersecting lines
FILLET
F
Converts 3D to 2D
FLATTEN
FLATTEN
Opens object grouping dialogue
GROUP
G
Global attribute edit of multiple blocks
GATTE
GATTE
Opens hatch and gradient dialogue box
HATCH
H
Opens insert dialogue to insert a block
INSERT
I
Insert a block by name
INSERT
-I
Display the co-ordinate values of a point
ID
ID
Launches image manager
IMAGE
IM
Joins 2 objects to form single object
JOIN
J
Creates a JPEG file of current drawing
JPGOUT
JPGOUT
Draw a line
LINE
L
Opens layer manager
LAYER
LA
Draw a leader line
QLEADER
LE
Display information about objects in a text window
LIST
LI or LS
Creates a new layout tab
LAYOUT
LO
Change the line type scale
LTS scale
LTS
Lengthen or shorten a line
LENGTHEN
LEN
Leader line with annotation
LEADER
LEAD
Change objects to current layer
LAYERCURRENT
LAYCUR
Delete a layer by selecting object
LAYERDELETE
LAYDEL
Freeze a layer by selecting object
LAYERFREEZE
LAYFRZ
Isolates a layer by selecting object
LAYERISOLATE
LAYISO
Lock a layer by selecting object
LAYERLOCK
LAYLCK
Match properties of a layer
LAYERMATCH
LAYMCH
Moves objects from first layer to second and deletes first
LAYERMERGE
LAYMRG
Switches a layer off
LAYEROFF
LAYOFF
Switches all layers on except frozen layers
LAYERON
LAYON
Restores previous layer state
LAYERPREVIOUS
LAYERP
Thaws all layers
LAYTHW
LAYTHW
Walk through layers
LAYERWALK
LAYWALK
Access Layer manager to save and restore layer states
LMAN
LMAN
Move an object
MOVE
M
Match properties of an object
MATCHPROPERTIES
MA
Inserts point node at input distance
MEASURE
ME
Mirror an object
MIRROR
MI
Draw multi lines
MLINE
ML
Insert block in rectangular array
MINSERT
MINSERT
Calculate the region/mass properties of a solid
MASSPROP
MASSPROP
Offset an object by distance
OFFSET
O
Launches options dialogue box
OPTIONS
OP
Pan in drawing
PAN
P
Edit a poly line
POLYEDIT
PE
Draw a poly line - a complex line
PLINE
PL
Point marker or node
POINT
PO
Draw a regular polygon 3 to 1024 sides
POLYGON
POL
Opens properties dialogue box
PROPERTIES
PR
Opens purge dialogue box to remove unused elements
PURGE
PU
Preview a plot
PREVIEW
PRE
Opens plot/print dialogue box
PLOT
PLOT
Rotate an object
ROTATE
RO
Construction line in one direction
RAY
RAY
Draw a rectangle
RECTANG
REC
Region - for example, shading
REGION
REG
Edit a block reference in place
REFEDIT
REFEDIT
Opens rename dialogue box to rename blocks, layers, etc
RENAME
REN
Revision cloud - note can select a poly line
REVCLOUD
REVCLOUD
Stretch an object
STRETCH
S
Scale an object
SCALE
SC
Spell check a selection - ALL to check entire drawing
SPELL
SP
Spline or smooth curve along points
SPLINE
SPL
Multi-line text
MTEXT
T
Opens insert a table dialogue box
TABLE
TB
Trim objects
TRIM
TR
Displays tool palette
TOOLPALETTES
TP
Undo last command
UNDO
U
Opens units dialogue box
UNITS
UN
Opens view dialogue box
VIEW
V
Write a block - for use in other drawings
WBLOCK
W
Masks part of drawing for clarity
WIPEOUT
WIPEOUT
Displays who has a drawing open
WHOHAS
WHOHAS
Explode single entity to component parts
EXPLODE
X
Opens x-reference manager
XREF
XR
Construction line of infinite length
XLINE
XL
Lists type/block name/layer name/colour/line type of a nested object in a block or an xref
XLIST
XLIST
Zoom in display - A=All, E=EXTENTS, W=WINDOW
ZOOM
Z

Shortcut Keys - Object Selection - use with editing commands:

To Perform
Command
Shortcut
Adds each successive object, switches from remove
ADD
A
All objects on thawed layers
ALL
ALL
Objects touched or enclosed by window - Move right to left
CROSSING
C
Objects touching or enclosed by selection polygon
CPOLYGON
CP
Objects touch by single selection fence
FENCE
F
Opens object grouping dialogue - use with copy/move/etc
GROUP
G
Most recently created visible object
LAST
L
Most recent selection set
PREVIOUS
P
Objects to remove from selection set
REMOVE
R
Change the snap angle from default 0°
SNAPANGLE
SNAPANG
Objects enclosed by window - Move left to right
WINDOW
W
Objects within a window polygon
WPOLYGON
WP
To deselect an object
SHIFT+LEFT MOUSE BUTTON


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