Smart shortcuts have been in AutoCAD since the very beginning of time,
If you are to work proficiently within AutoCAD then it is essential that you learn at least some shortcuts,
Short cuts are the easiest way to save lots of time when using AutoCAD.
There are so many shortcuts it is difficult to learn them all at first.
The easiest way is to start off with the essential commands that you use every day then learn more as you work along.
This will save you lots of time as apposed selecting icons from the screen.
These are the most commonly used short cuts, they should be enough to get you rolling.
If you can then learn 1 new shortcut a day after this then very soon you should be well on your way to becoming a proficient AutoCAD user.
Here are 21 essential shortcuts to get you started
A – Arc
C – Circle
CP – Copy
D – Dim style
DDCHPROP – Change properties
E – Erase
F – Fillet
H – Hatch
I – Insert
L – Line
M – Move
O – Offset
P – Pan
REC – Rectangle
Q – Qsave
R – Redraw
RO – Rotate
S – Stretch
TR – Trim
X – Explode
Z – Zoom
A full comprehensive list of Shortcuts can be downloaded here.
All shortcuts are customizable from the menu ribbon at the top of your screen.
From the Ribbon select the manage tab> then select user interface.
Select keyboard shortcuts.
Any of the keyboard shortcuts can be modified from this screen, select the shortcut to change and select the require shortcut keys.
(NOTE: take care when changing shortcuts, only change if really necessary), As the system is set up now it is easy for any CAD user to jump on any machine and start working with shortcuts, If you change them specifically for your needs then most other Cad users will not understand your shortcuts. It is easier for everybody if you learn the standard shortcuts rather than personalizing them although there are some instances where you will need to change them.
TBCUSTOMIZE: Turns off the ability to customize toolbars and tool palettes should you not want your users to have access
(Not exactly rocket science, to see that you can simply turn it back on so I wouldn’t count on this as your main deterrent)
But it can be of use on certain scenarios.
Using quick select in your drawing.
The Quick Select dialog box is a simple filtering device that helps you select the objects you want.
For more advanced filters and for when you want to save filters, use the FILTER command.
There are a number of different ways to open Quick Select in AutoCAD –
Type qselect on the command line.
Home tab> Utilities panel>Quick Select
Click the Quick Select button in the Properties palette
With no command active, right-click in the drawing area and choose Quick Select
Here is a simple example to explain better how the quick select works.
Apply to – This is used to select where to apply the quick select, either the entire drawing or the small icon on the right side of the image above can be used to select line work within a certain area of your drawing.
Object type – If you need to select particular objects within your drawing i.e. line, polyline, arc. Here is that option.
Properties – Here selection can be filtered by colour, layer, line type, line type scale, plot style, line weight, transparency, hyper link.
Operator – Values can be set from this tab to select objects with values equal to, greater than, less than.
Value – Here selections can be set to only select a particular colour.
How to apply – This is where the selection is either included or excluded depending on what you are looking to do.
This filter when applied would only select items within the entire drawing which are green and ignore all the other object selections.
This filter when applied would only select lines with a linetype scale greater than 1 in the entire drawing and ignore all the other object selections
This filter when applied would select any objects within the current screen selection which have a
Line weight equal to 0.5mm, ignoring all other objects.
You can see by the 3 examples,
When dealing with complex drawings, the quick select menu shown in the image above can save lots of time, just by combining different combinations from the menu.