AutoCAD Basic Tutorial

Typing Commands

All AutoCAD commands can be typed in at the command line. Many commands also have one or two letter aliases that can also be typed as shortcuts to the commands.

1. Type the desired command at the command prompt.
Command : LINE

or

2. Type the command’s alias. Command: L

3. Press ENTER/Space to end.
4. Type an option at the command prompt.

Press ENTER/Space to end.
4. Type an option at the command prompt.

3. Press ENTER/Space to end.
4. Type an option at the command prompt.

TIP: Many AutoCAD commands require you to press ENTER to complete the command. You know you are no longer in an AutoCAD command when you see a blank command line.

Reissuing the Last Command

The last used AutoCAD command can be re-entered by one of the following three methods of ENTER. The ENTER key on the keyboard will always act as ENTER, the SPACEBAR and RIGHT MOUSE will act as enter most of the time (exceptions include placing TEXT).
1. Press the ENTER key on the keyboard
or
2. Press the Space bar on the keyboard.
or
3. Click the right mouse button.

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