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Create a custom command and add a keyboard shortcut for a real time saver

Custom commands can really make your work go more quickly. Even if they save only a fraction of a second, they make you feel like you’re saving time — that extra smoothness is very satisfying!

Here’s one that I like. It creates a 1-segment line. Yes, I could press Enter to end the LINE command, but since I often create just one line segment, it’s nice not to have to do that extra step.

autocad-tips-custom-command-keyboard-shortcut-1Here’s the 1LINE command that I created. Yup, it’s pretty simple!

^C^C_line \\;

(The underscore before “line” allows for translation and isn’t necessary most of the time.)

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The backslashes pause for you to specify the start and end points of the line. The semi-colon ends the command. I have an old tip on ways to end the LINE command quickly here.

I explain how to create a custom command here.

When you combine a custom command with a keyboard shortcut (I explain how here), you have something powerful.

I use Shift+1 to execute my 1LINE custom command.

What custom commands do you use and how do you access them?

Do you have a favorite command? Please share it and how you execute it.

2 comments to Create a custom command and add a keyboard shortcut for a real time saver

  • Ray Thompson

    Hope this isn’t too long, these are some from my *.pgp file:
    bm, *battman
    bp, *bpoly
    bu, *burst
    ca, *classiclayer
    ci, *classicimage
    cx, *classicxref
    cs, *chspace
    d, *dist
    ci, *classicimage
    cx, *classicxref
    cs, *chspace
    d, *dist
    dm, *dimstyle
    dp, *dwgprops
    dv, *divide
    et, *extrim
    evv, *elevation
    ev, *elev
    fd, *find
    ft, *filter
    ic, *imageclip
    if, *imageframe
    iu, *insunits
    lm, *limits
    mp, *matchprop
    mu, *multiple
    oo, *oops
    pn, *plan
    pd, *ddptype
    pg, *polygon
    pgs, *pagesetup
    rc, *rectang
    rf, *refedit
    -rf, *-refedit
    rvc, *revcloud
    ri, *reinit
    rn, *rename
    -rn, *-rename
    wo, *wipeout
    xt, *extend

  • Nathan

    I use xx for burst. That way my left hand doesn’t have to leave the keyboard. x for explode, xx for burst.

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