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Complete AutoCAD Commands

Command

Description

Options

ABOUT

Displays a dialogue box with AutoCAD


version & serial numbers

can be transparent

APERTURE

Controls the size of the Object Snap


"OSNAP") target box -- should set to 7

can be transparent

ARC

Draws an arc. The default method of


drawing arcs is selecting three points
(so-called "3 point arc"), which are the
two endpoints of the arc and some
other point along its locus. Other
methods of drawing an arc can be
specified by three letters, such as
SEA, which means "Start Point, End
Point, and Included Angle."

or
A

A Included angle
C Center point of arc
D Direction angle of a line tangent to the
arc
E Endpoint of arc
L Length of chord passing thru both
endpoints of the arc
R Radius
S Start point of arc
<RET> uses the end of the last line or arc as the
start point for the arc

AREA

ARRAY

Computes the area of any shape by


selecting points at the corners of the
shape, or by selecting a circle or
polyline after typing or picking the "E"
option

A sets "Add" mode

Makes multiple copies of selected


objects in a rectangular (parallel with
the snap rotation) or circular pattern

R rectangular array type

S sets "Subtract" mode


E computes area of selected circle or
polyline

P "polar" array type in circular pattern, you


must indicate number of items and angle to
fill, and whether the objects get rotated
with the angle
C "circular" array type in a circular pattern,
you must indicate angle between items,
angle to fill, and whether objects get
rotated with the angle

ATTDEF

Creates an attribute definition entity for


textual information to be associated

I Controls attribute visibility

with a block definition


C Controls Constant/variable mode
V Controls verify mode
P Controls preset mode
ATTDISP

Controls the visibility of attribute


entities on a global basis

can be transparent
ON Makes all attributes visible
OFF Makes all attributes invisible
N Visibility of attributes set
individually

ATTEDIT

Permits editing of attributes

ATTEXT

Extracts attribute data from drawings

C CDF comma delimited format extract


D DXF format extract
S SDF format extract
E Extracts attributes from selected entities

AUDIT

Invokes drawing integrity audit

Y Fixes errors encountered


N Reports, but does not fix errors
encountered

BASE

Specifies origin of current drawing for


subsequent insertion into another
drawing -- is normally set to point 0,0,0

BHATCH

Fills an automatically defined boundary


with a hatch pattern through the use of
dialogue boxes. Also allows previewing
and replacing adjustments without
starting over each time.

BLIPMODE

Controls display of marker blips for


point selection

BLOCK

Forms a single compound entity from a


group of entities within the current
drawing

BPOLY

Creates a closed polyline of a

can be transparent

can be transparent
ON Enables temporary marker blips
OFF Disables temporary marker
blips
? Lists names of already-defined blocks in
the current drawing

boundary by picking an open area


within a area enclosed by lines, arcs or
circles.
BREAK

Erases part of a line, arc or circle, or


splits it into two lines or arcs

F allows respecification of first point

CHAMFER

Creates a chamfer (a angled line


connection) at the intersection of two
lines

D Sets chamfer distances

A multifunctioning command which can


be used to alter the following:
1. location of individual
endpoints of lines

P Changes properties of objects

CHANGE

2. radius of a circle
3. properties: layer, elevation,
thickness, color and linetype of
lines, polylines, arcs and
circles

P Chamfers an entire polyline

C Color
E Elevation
LA Layer
LT Linetype
T Thickness

4. style, font, size, location,


rotation, and wording of text
entities
CHPROP

Modifies properties of selected objects:


layer, thickness, color and linetype -but not elevation

C Color
LA Layer
LT Linetype
T Thickness

CIRCLE
or
C

Draws a circle of any size. The default


method is to pick a center point and
pick a point on the radius or type the
radius dimension, but other methods
can be selected.

2P Specifies circle by picking 2 points on


the diameter
3P Specifies circle by picking 3 points
through which the circle will pass
D Allows entering the diameter dimension
instead of radius dimension
TTR Specifies circle by picking two
lines, arcs or circles for the circle
to be tangent to, and entering the
dimension of the radius
<RET> Enters radius of circle (the

default)
COLOR
or COLOUR

Sets the current color for subsequently


drawn objects (objects drawn after the
command is invoked). The default
current color is a so-called "logical"
color called "BYLAYER" which means
that the color of the object drawn will
be the color which the current layer
has been set to.

can be transparent
<number> sets current
color to color number
entered
<name> sets current color
to color name entered
BYBLOCK sets floating
entity color
BYLAYER sets current
color to whatever color is
assigned to the current
layer

COMPILE

Compiles shape and font files More


than likely, you will never use this
command, unless you are creating
your own letter design or are creating
"shapes" to be used as commonly
used symbols in the drawing. These
are not typically used in architectural
drawings

CONFIG

Displays options to allow you to


reconfigure the video display, digitizer,
plotter, and operating parameters.
You should not have to use this
command, since the configuration of
your system has already been done
and you will have no need to change it.

COPY
or

Draws a copy of selected objects using


two methods -- "base point" method, or
"displacement" method.

M Allows multiple copies to be


made of an object

CP
DBLIST

Lists database information for every


entity in the drawing

DDATTDEF

Displays a dialogue box that allows


creation of an attribute definition for
textual information to be associated
with a block definition

I Controls attribute visibility


C Controls Constant/variable mode
V Controls verify mode

P Controls preset mode


DDATTE

Allows attribute editing via a dialogue


box

DDATTEXT

Displays a dialogue box that extracts


data from a drawing.

C CDF comma delimited format


extract
D DXF format extract
S SDF format extract
E Extracts attributes from selected
entities

DDCHPROP

Displays a dialogue box that modifies


the color, layer, linetype, and thickness
of selected objects

C Color
LA Layer
LT Linetype
T Thickness

DDEDIT

Allows text and attribute definition


editing

Undo Undoes edit to


return to the previous
value

DDEMODES

Sets current entity properties (layer,


linetype, elevation, thickness, and text
style) via a dialogue box

can be transparent

DDGRIPS

Allows you to enable grips and set


their colors and size via a dialogue box

can be transparent

DDIM

Controls dimensioning variables


through a series of dialogue boxes

can be transparent

DDINSERT

Allows you to insert a previously made


block or file into the current drawing,
select X- and Y- scale factors, rotation
angle, pre-explode the block, and
select the insertion point, through a
dialogue box

DDLMODES

Sets layer properties and allows you to


set the current layer, create a new
layer, freeze and thaw layers, freeze
and thaw layers in the current
viewport, assign or reassign colors and

can be transparent

linetypes to layers, through a dialogue


box
DDOSNAP

Allows you to set running OSNAPS


and set the size of the target box
aperture through a dialogue box.

can be transparent

DDRMODES

Allows you to set drawing aids


variables through a dialogue box

can be transparent

DDRENAME

Allows you to rename layers, text


styles, linetypes, blocks, views, User
Coordinate Systems, viewport
configurations, and dimension styles

DDSELECT

Allows you to set entity selection


modes, size of the pickbox, and entity
sort method through a dialogue box

DDUCS

Allows you to save the current User


Coordinate System and give it a name
for future retrieval, or to select a UCS
that is already saved

DDUNITS

Allows you to set the unit type


(Architectural or Decimal), angle
display format (degrees-minutesseconds, or decimal degrees), and
precision of the units,

can be transparent

DELAY

This command is used with SCRIPT


files. It will delay the execution of the
next command for the time in
milliseconds specified after the DELAY
command.

can be transparent

DIM

Takes you out of the drawing editor


and into the semi-automatic
dimensioning program built into
AutoCAD. Will display a Dim: prompt
on the command prompt line. To get
back to the drawing editor and the
Command: prompt, type the <Esc>
key.

DIM1

Same as above, but only allows one


dimensioning command to be used,
and then takes you automatically back
to the drawing editor and the
Command: prompt.

can be transparent

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

ALIGNED

Draws a linear dimension with


the dimension line parallel to the
selected dimension origin points.
This lets you align a dimension
with an angled line that is not
either exactly horizontal or
vertical.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

ANGULAR

Draws an arc and calculates the


angle between two non-parallel
lines, and draws the text and
arrowheads. Arrowheads are the
standard AutoCAD filled
triangles, regardless of your
defined Arrow Block.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

BASELINE

Continues a linear dimension


from the baseline (the so-called
"first extension line") of the
previous or selected dimension.
This is not frequently used in
architectural dimensions. The
spacing between each dimension
line is controlled by the AutoCAD
variable DIMDLI ("Dimension
Line Increment"), which you
should set at 0 normally, but if
you use the baseline command,
you should reset to 1/8".

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

CENTER

Draws a pair of crossed lines at


the center of a circle or arc on the
current layer

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

CONTINUE

Continues a linear dimension


from the second extension line of

the previous or selected


dimension. It is used to create a
so-called "string" of dimensions.
This is used quite a bit in
architectural drawings.
DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

DIAMETER

Draws a dimension through the


center of a circle or arc,
calculating the diameter, with one
of the arrow heads located at the
point on the circle or arc which is
picked.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

EXIT

Exits the dimensioning program


and returns from the Dim:
prompt to the normal Command:
prompt

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

HOMETEXT

Restores the text of an associative


dimension to its default (home)
location if you have moved it.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

HORIZONTAL

Draws a horizontal linear


dimension line

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

LEADER

Draws an a line or series of lines


with an arrow head (commonly
called a "leader") to point to an
object to notate it. This command
will also prompt you for the note
at the end of the leader line, but it
will allow only one line of text.
The most useful method of using
this command is to simply draw

leaders between the object to be


notated and text that you create
with the DTEXT command.
DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

NEWTEXT

Permits changing text of an


associative dimension without
exploding it. However, once the
text has been changed, the
dimension will no longer be
associative.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

OBLIQUE

Adjusts the obliquing angle of a


linear associative dimensions
extension lines. Useful in
dimensioning isometric drawings.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

ORDINATE

Draws the X and Y coordinates


within a box with a leader line
attached to the point, for a
selected point. Automatically
calculates the coordinates.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

OVERRIDE

Overrides the dimension variable


settings on a selected dimension.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

RADIUS

Draws the radius dimension of an


arc or circle from the center to
the point on its locus where the
arc or circle was selected.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

REDRAW

Redraws the viewport, just like


the regular REDRAW command.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

RESTORE

Makes a dimension style current

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

ROTATE

Draws a linear dimension with


the distance measured origin
points, but with the actual
dimension line set at a different
angle.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

SAVE

Saves the currently set dimension


variables under a dimension style
name for future retrieval through
the RESTORE command.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

STATUS

Lists all dimension variables with


their current status.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

STYLE

Switches to a new Text Style for


all future dimensions.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

TEDIT

Allows moving text in associative


dimensions without having to
explode the dimensions.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

TROTATE

Allows rotation of the text of


several associative dimensions at
once.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

UNDO

Undoes any changes made by the


most recent dimensioning
command.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

UPDATE

Changes selected associative


dimensions to use the current
dimension variables, the current
text style, and the current units
setting.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

VARIABLES

Lists the settings of dimension


variables associated with a
particular dimension style.

DIM

Dimensioning sub-command:

VERTICAL

Draws a vertical linear dimension


line

DIST

Finds distance between two points

DIVIDE

Places points along a line, polyline,


arc, or circle, dividing it into the
specified number of equal parts

DONUT

Draws filled rings with specified inside


and outside diameters

can be transparent
B Uses a specified Block to divide
the object instead of a point

or DOUGHNUT
DRAGMODE

Allows control of dynamic dragging


feature for copy and move commands

can be transparent
ON Makes dragging of object
visible
OFF Disables visual dragging
A Auto mode -- enables dragging
when possible

DTEXT

Draws text "Dynamically" so that as


you enter text letters or numbers, they
are visible on the screen

J Prompts for Justification options


S Allows you to select text styles
that are already created
A Aligns text between two points,
with style-specified width factor,
AutoCAD adjusts height to keep
letter proportion as designated in

the style.
C Centers text horizontally
F Fits text between two points, with
a specified height, AutoCAD
adjusts width of letters to fit
M Centers text horizontally and
vertically
R Right-justifies text
BL Bottom-left justification
BC Bottom-center justification
BR Bottom-right justification
ML Middle-left justification
MC Middle-center justification
MR Middle-right justification
TL Top-left justification
TC Top-center justification
TR Top right justification
DVIEW

Allows perspective viewing of drawing

CA Sets CAmera angle relative to


the Target
T Sub-option, toggles
between angle in the X-Y
plane, and angle from the
X-Y plane
CL Sets Front and Back CLipping
planes
D Sets Camera to Target distance
and turns on Perspective viewing
H Removes hidden lines on the
selection set
OFF Turns Perspective viewing off
PA PAns drawing across the

screen
PO Allows specification of Camera
and Target points
TA Rotates the TArget point about
the Camera
T Sub-option, toggles
between angle in the X-Y
plane, and angle from the
X-Y plane
TW Twists the view around the line
of sight
U Undoes a DVIEW sub-command
X Exits the DVIEW command
Z Sets lens length
DXBIN

Inserts specially coded binary files into


the drawing

DXFIN

Loads a drawing interchange file (DXF


file) to be able to read a drawing file
created by another CAD program

DXFOUT

Writes a drawing interchange file (DXF


file) to be able to use an AutoCAD
drawing in another CAD program

B Writes binary DXF file


E Outputs selected entities only
(0-16) Floating point
precision

EDGESURF

Constructs a 3d Polygon mesh


approximating a Coons surface patch
interpolated between 4 adjoining
edges

ELEV

Sets Elevation (distance above the


ground plane) and Thickness
(extruded distance from the bottom of
an object to the top) for subsequently
drawn entities

ELLIPSE

Draws ellipses

C Allows specification of Center


point of ellipse rather than first axis
endpoint

R Allows specification of
eccentricity rotation rather than
length of second axis
I Draws Isometric circle in current
isoplane
END

Saves the drawing and exits AutoCAD


back to DOS or WINDOWS

ERASE

Erases selected entities from the


drawing

or
E
EXPLODE

Separates a block, dimension or hatch


pattern into its constituent entities or
makes a polyline into a series of
straight lines. In the case of a block
that is exploded, if it was originally
drawn on the 0 layer, it returns to that
layer, regardless of the layer it was
inserted on, and it loses its referential
connection to the original block. In the
case of a dimension or hatch pattern
that has been exploded, their parts go
back to the 0 layer, and are assigned
the logical color (BYBLOCK)
regardless of the layer they were
drawn on. In the case of an exploded
polyline, it loses any width it may have
had.

EXTEND

Lengthens a line, arc, or polyline to


meet a specified "boundary edge"

FILES

Allows DOS disk and file utility tasks to


be done through a dialogue box

can be transparent

FILL

Controls whether solids, traces, wide


polylines, and donuts will be filled with
ink. Note that fill is only visible when
viewing these entities in plan
(perpendicular to line of sight)

can be transparent
ON entities visually filled with solid
ink

FILLET

Constructs an arc of specified radius


between two lines, arcs, circles, or will
create arcs of the specified radius at

U Undoes effect of last Extend


command

OFF entities not visually filled but


are shown in outline only
P Fillets an entire Polyline at the
vertices

the vertices of a polyline. Radius of the


arc to be constructed may be set to 0,
which will make a sharp corner

R Allows setting of the fillet radius.


Default value is 0. Radius remains
set until changed again

FILMROLL

Generates a file for rendering by


AutoShade, a separate program

GRAPHSCR

A "toggle." Flips the display on singlescreen systems (most of them) from


text-screen to graphics-screen, and
vice-versa.

can be transparent

GRID

Displays a rectangular grid of white


dots on the screen at a specified Xand Y- spacing

can be transparent
ON Turns grid display on
OFF Turns grid display off
S Locks grid spacing to SNAP
resolution
A Sets grid aspect (different X- and
Y- spacings
<number> Sets
grid spacing for
both X- and Ycoordinates
<number X> Sets
grid spacing to
multiple "X" of
snap spacing

HANDLES

Assigns a unique, permanent number


to each entity of the drawing

ON Enables Handles
DESTROY Discards all
entity Handles

HATCH

Allows drawing of cross-hatching and


pattern filling

<pattern-name> uses hatch


pattern name from library file to fill
designated area with a pseudoblock hatch entity -- can be
reduced to individual lines and
points by EXPLODEing it.
<*pattern-name> uses hatch
pattern name from library file to fill
designated area with individual
lines and points, not a block
U "User-defined" hatch pattern

drawn of parallel lines with a


specified distance between, at a
specified angle, and either singlehatching or double (cross)hatching
? Lists names of available hatch
patterns
<pattern-name> or U can be
followed by a comma and the
following sub-commands:
I Ignores any boundaries
inside the outermost
boundary
N Normal style of selecting
boundaries with alternating
hatched and unhatched
nested areas
O Hatches outermost
boundary area only
HELP
or

Displays a list of all valid commands


and data entry options, or obtains help
for a specific command or prompt

can be transparent
if invoked while another command is in process, it
will assume that you want help on that command

?
HIDE

Regenerates a 3d visual image of the


drawing with hidden lines removed

ID

Displays the X,Y, and Z coordinates of


a point selected

IGESIN

Loads an IGES interchange file

IGESOUT

Writes an IGES interchange file

INSERT

Inserts a previously created block or


drawing file into the current drawing

can be transparent

<filename> Inserts a
filename from the default
directory into the current
drawing, assuming that
there is no block by that
name in the current
drawing
<blockname>=<filename>

Creates a block in the


current drawing with the
same name as the file
<*name> Inserts a block in
its constituent entities
rather than as a block -also called a "Star Block"
or Pre-exploded block
C Reply to X scale prompt -allows scale to be specified by two
points (Corner specification of
scale)
XYZ Reply to X scale prompt -allows specification of X, Y, and Z
scales
~ Displays a file dialogue box
? Lists names of defined blocks
within the current drawing
ISOPLANE

Selects the plane of an isometric grid


to be the current plane for an
orthogonal drawing

can be transparent
L Left plane
R Right plane
T Top plane
<RET> Toggle to next
plane in series, Left, Right,
and Top

LAYER
or
LA

Creates named drawing layers,


assigns color and linetype properties to
those layers, allows layers to be frozen
and thawed, locked and unlocked, and
allows current layer to be set

can be transparent
C Assigns color to named layer
F Freezes named layers (comma
separates a list of layers to be
frozen, * can be used as a
wildcard) -- current layer cannot be
frozen
L Assigns linetype to named layer
LO Locks named layer
M Makes a layer -- creates a new
layer and makes it the current

layer
N Creates new layers with named
names (comma separates a list of
layers to be created, * can be used
as a wildcard)
ON Turns named layers on if they
were turned off (comma separates
a list of layers to be turned on, *
can be used as a wildcard)
OFF Turns named layers off if they
were turned on (comma separates
a list of layers to be turned off, *
can be used as a wildcard)
LAYER

S Sets named layer as the current


layer

or
T Thaws named layers which are
frozen (comma separates a list of
layers to be frozen, * can be used
as a wildcard)

LA
(Continued)

U Unlocks named layer


? Gives information about named
layers, * can be used as a wildcard
LIMITS

Changes the imaginary boundaries of


the drawing, and controls whether
drawing can be made outside of the
boundaries. If Limit-checking is ON,
drawing cannot be done outside of
limits.

can be transparent
<2 points> Sets lower-left
and upper -right drawing
limits
ON Enables limit-checking
OFF Disables limit-checking

LINE

Draws straight lines

or
L

<RET> In reply to From


Point: prompt, line begins
at end of previous line or
arc
C In reply to To point: prompt,
closes the polygon back to first
"From Point"
U In reply to To point: prompt,
undoes last line segment

LINETYPE

A linetype is a series of lines and

can be transparent

spaces -- dots and dashes -Sets the current linetype to be used for
all subsequent entities to be drawn,
allows creation of new linetype
definitions, and allows loading of
previously created linetypes from DOS
files

? Lists a linetype library , or named


linetypes which are loaded
C Creates a linetype definition
L Loads a previously creatred
linetype definition
S Set current linetype -- note that
the current linetype should always
be set to the logical linetype
"BYLAYER"

LIST

Lists all information about selected


object, such as what type of entity it is
(Line, Arc, Circle, Block, etc.), what
layer it is on, what color it is, the
location of its endpoints, what its Zaxis (elevation), what its thickness is,
etc.

LOAD

Loads a file of user-defined shapes to


be used with the Shape command

LTSCALE

Sets scale factor to be applied to all


linetypes within the drawing

MEASURE

Places points (or, optionally, Blocks) at


intervals along a selected line, polyline,
arc or circle. The interval distance is
given by the user. If points are used as
the marker to be placed along the
entity, they are not visible unless the
Point type is set to type 3 with the
PDMODE command.

MENU

Loads a Menu file into the menu areas


(Screen, pull-down, tablet, and button)

MINSERT

Inserts multiple copies of a Block in a


rectangular pattern (word stands for
"Multiple Insert." The entire array
created then becomes a Block.

? Lists the names of loaded Shape


files
can be transparent

B specifies that a defined Block is


to be used as a marker instead of
a point.

fname Loads fname and


forms a rectangular array
of the resulting Block
fname=f Creates Block
fname from file f and forms
a rectangular array
? Lists names of defined Blocks
within the drawing
C (as a reply to X scale prompt)

specifies scale via two selected


points ("Corner" specification of
scale)
XYZ (as a reply to X scale prompt)
readies Minsert for X, Y, and Z
scales)
- displays a file dialogue box
MIRROR

Reflects designated entities about a


user-specified axis

MOVE

Moves designated entities to another


location

or
M
MSLIDE

Makes a slide from the current display.


Slide shows the drawing only, and not
the UCSICON, the Toolbar, the Aerial
View or menus.

MSPACE

Switches to Model Space

MULTIPLE

Causes the next command to repeat


until cancelled

MVIEW

Creates and controls Viewports

ON Turns selected
Viewports on and causes
the Model to be
regenerated in the
selected Viewports.
OFF Turns selected
Viewports off and causes
Model to be not displayed
in the selected Viewports.
Hideplot Causes hidden
lines to be removed in
selected Viewports during
Paper Space plotting.
Fit Creates a single
Viewport to fit the current
Paper Space view
2 Creates 2 Viewports in

specified area or fit to the


current Paper Space view.
3 Creates 3 Viewports in
specified area or fit to the
current Paper Space view.
4 Creates 4 Viewports in
specified area or fit to the
current Paper Space view.
Restore Translates
viewport configurations
saved with the VPORTS
command into individual
Viewport entities in Paper
Space.
<first Point> Creates a
new Viewport within the
area specified by 2 points.
Sub-options to the "2" Option:
Horizontal Creates a
horizontal division
between the 2 new
Viewports
Vertical Creates a vertical
division between the 2
new Viewports.
Sub-options to the "3" Option:
Above Specifies
placement of larger
Viewport above the other 2
Below Specifies placement
of larger Viewport below
the other 2
Horizontal Splits area into
thirds horizontally
Left Specifies placement
of larger Viewport to the
left of the other 2
Right Specifies placement of the
larger Viewport to the right of the
other 2

Vertical Splits area into thirds


vertically
NEW

Creates a new drawing. When


selected from a menu or typed in at the
Command: prompt, this command
brings up a dialogue box which allows
setting a name for the new drawing by
typing the name in the box, selection of
a "prototype" drawing or typing a name
of the new drawing and then an = sign
and then the name of a drawing to be
used as a prototype.

OFFSET

Creates a new line, polyline arc or


circle parallel to the entity and at a
specified distance from it.

<number> specifies offset


distance
T "Through" allows
specification of a point
through which the offset
line, polyline, arc or circle
is to pass

OOPS

restores erased entities, or entities


made into a Block

OPEN

Opens an existing drawing

ORTHO

Constrains drawing so that only lines


aligned with the grid can be drawn -usually means only horizontal or
vertical lines, however, if the crosshairs
are rotated through the "Snap"
"Rotate" command sequence, the lines
drawn are constrained to being parallel
with the crosshair rotation. Constraint
can be overridden by snapping to a
point or by entering exact coordinates
for endpoints.

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OSNAP

Enables points to be precisely located


on reference points of existing objects.
This is the so-called "Running Mode"
of OSNAP, which sets selection
method to run continuously until set to
NON (none) or until overridden by
selecting another "Interrupt Mode"
OSNAP method from the cursor menu.
Combinations of OSNAP methods can
be used by selecting a series of
options separated by commas. For

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CEN CENter of arc or
circle
END closest ENDpoint of
arc or line
INS INSertion point of Text
or Block

instance, if you want ot always pick


either endpoints or intersection points
when locating endpoints of lines, you
would issue the command as follows:

INT INTersection of line,


arc, or circle

OSNAP <RET> END,INT <RET>

MID MIDpoint of line, arc,


rectangle side, or polygon
side
NEA NEArest point
selected by aperture on
line, polyline, arc, or circle
NOD NODe (another
name for a Point)
NON NONe -- used when
a "Running OSNAP" is on
to temporarily turn off
OSNAP selection
PER PERpendicular point
to line, arc or circle -when used with an arc or
circle it will draw a line to
the surface of the arc or
circle heading toward the
center point
QUA QUAdrant point of
arc or circle (top, bottom,
right or left side)
QUI QUIck mode -- this is
a modifier to one of the
other OSNAP options -- it
will find the first point that
meets the requirements,
not necessarily the closest
point to the aperture.
TAN TANgent point to arc
or circle

PAN

Moves the display window without


changing the magnification factor

PEDIT

Allows editing of polylines which are


already drawn

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C Closes an open polyline


D Decurves, or returns a Spline
curve to its control frame or series

of connected straight lines


E Edit vertices
F Fits curve to a polyline -- makes
a series of straight lines into a
curve which will pass through the
vertices
J Joins a line or arc or another
polyline to an open polyline
L Toggles linetype generation to be
either a continuous pattern of
dashes passing through the
vertices, or a pattern which starts
and ends at each vertex
O Opens a closed polyline
S Uses the polyline vertices as a
frame for a Spline Curve -- type of
Spline Curve is set by the Variable
"Splinetype."
U Undoes one editing operation
W Sets a uniform width for the
Polyline
PEDIT
(Continued)

Vertex Editing Options:


B Sets first vertex for Break
G "Go" -- performs a Break or
Straighten operation
I Inserts a new vertex after current
one
M Moves current vertex
N Makes the Next vertex current
P Makes the Previous vertex
current
R Regenerates the Polyline

S Sets first vertex for Straighten


T Sets tangent direction for current
vertex
W Sets new width for the following
segment
X Exits vertex editing, or cancels
Break and Straighten
PEDIT Mesh

Allows editing of Meshes which are


already drawn

D De-smooth -- restores original


mesh
E Edits mesh vertices
M Opens (or closes) the mesh in
the M direction
N Opens (or closes) the mesh in
the N direction
S Fits a smooth surface as defined
by the Variable SURFTYPE
U Undoes one editing operation
X Exits Pedit command
Vertex Editing Options:
D Makes previous vertex Down in
M direction current
L Makes previous vertex to Left in
N direction current
M Moves the marked vertex
N Makes the Next vertex current
P Makes the Previous vertex
current
R Makes next vertex to Right in N
direction current
RE Redisplays the polygon mesh
U Makes the next vertex Up in M

direction current
X Exits vertex editing
PFACE

Creates a 3D mesh of arbitrary


complexity and surface characteristics

PLAN

Puts the display in "Plan" view, with


Vpoint set to 0,0,1, relative to either
the current UCS, a specified UCS, or
the World Coordinate System

C Establishes the Plan view of the


Current UCS
U Establishes the Plan view of a
specified UCS
W Establishes the Plan view of the
World Coordinate System

PLINE

Draws a 2D polyline, which are


connected line or arc segments with
user-determined width and taper

H sets the half-width of the polyline


segments
U Undoes previous segment
W sets the width of polyline
segments
<RET> Exits the Pline
command
The following options are available only as long as
you are drawing in Line mode:
A Switches to the Arc mode to
allow integration of arcs into the
polyline
C Closes the polyline with straight
segment
L Segment length (continues
previous segment)
The following options are available only as long as
you are in the Arc mode:
A Included angle
CE Center Point
CL Closes with arc segment
D Starting direction
L Chord length, or switches to line

mode
R Radius
S Second point of 3-point arc
PLOT

Plots a drawing to a plotting device, a


printer, or to a "Plot File."

POINT

Draws single points. Appearance of the


points is set by the Variable PDMODE

POLYGON

Draws regular polygons with a


specified number of sides. Polygons
are Polyline entities.

E Specifies size and rotation of


polygon by picking endpoints of
one edge
C Circumscribes polygon around a
circle
I Inscribes polygon within a circle

PSDRAG

PSFILL

Controls the appearance of an


imported Postscript image that is being
"dragged" (that is, positioned and
scaled) into place by the PSIN
command

0 Only the images bounding box


is displayed as you drag it into
place

Fills 2D Polyline outlines with


PostScript fill patterns defined in the
ACAD.PSF file

. Entering a period results in no fill


pattern

1 The complete rendered


PostScript image is displayed as
you drag it into place

? Lists the fill patterns defined in


ACAD.PSF file
PSIN

Imports Encapsulated PostScript


(EPS) files

PSOUT

Exports the current view of your


drawing to an Encapsulated PostScript
(EPS) file

PSPACE

Switches to Paper Space -- this will


work only if the Variable TILEMODE is
set to 0.

PURGE

Removes unused Blocks, Text Styles,


Layers, Linetypes, and Dimension
Styles from current drawing

A Purges All unused named


objects

B Purges unused Blocks


D Purges unused Dimstyles
LA Purges unused LAyers
LT Purges unused Linetypes
SH Purges unused Shape files
ST Purges unused Text Styles
QSAVE

Saves the current drawing "Quickly"


without requesting a filename (as long
as file has already been given a name)

QTEXT

Controls display of text -- command


stands for "QuickTEXT"

QUIT

Exits AutoCAD -- if the current drawing


has not been Saveds in its current
state, a dialogue box will appear
asking if you want to Save the drawing,
Discard the changes, or Cancel the
Exit command

RECOVER

Attempts to recover damaged or


corrupted drawings

REDEFINE

Restores a built-in command which


may have been deleted by the
command UNDEFINE

REDO

Reverses a previous command if it


was U or UNDO

REDRAW

Refreshed or cleans up the current


Viewport

can be transparent

REDRAWALL

Redraws all viewports

can be transparent

REGEN

Regenerates the current Viewport by


recalculating the vector locations of all
endpoints

REGENALL

Regenerates all Viewports

REGENAUTO

Controls automatic regeneration

ON Lines of text displayed


as rectangles
OFF Lines of text displayed as text

can be transparent

performed by other commands

ON Allows automatic regens


OFF Prevents automatic regens

REINIT

Allows the I/O ports, the digitizer, the


display, the plotter, and the ACAD.PGP
file to be reinitialized. This command
allows selection of what you want to
reinitialize through a dialogue box. It is
most useful when you make changes
"on the fly" to the ACAD.PGP file and
want to immediately make use of those
changes without having to exit
AutoCAD and get back into it.

RENAME

Changes the names associated with


Text Styles, Layers, Linetypes, Blocks,
Views, User Coordinate Systems,
Viewport Configurations, and
Dimension Styles.

B Renames Blocks
D Renames Dimension Styles
LA Renames Layers
LT Renames Linetypes
S Renames Text Styles
U Renames UCS
VI Renames Views
VP Renames Viewports

RESUME

Resumes an interrupted command


script

REVSURF

Creates a 3D polygon mesh


approximating a surface of revolution,
by rotating a curve around a selected
axis

ROTATE

Rotates existing objects parallel to the


current UCS

RSCRIPT

Restarts a command script from the


beginning

SAVE

Requests a filename and saves the


drawing

SAVEAS

Same as SAVE, but also renames the


current drawing and keeps the new

can be transparent

name current
SCALE

Alters the size of existing objects

SCRIPT

Runs a command script. A script is a


an ASCII file which contains various
commands that when executed
operates just as if you typed in those
commands, one by one, by hand

SELECT

Groups objects into selection sets for


use in subsequent commands

SETVAR

Allows you to display or change the


setting of system variables. This
command is no longer necessary to
change the value of system variables.
You now can type in the name of the
variable to change it.

SH

Short for "SHell." Allows access to


internal operating system (DOS)
commands. Once SH is invoked,
followed by two <RET>s, the DOS
Prompt will be displayed, so you can
enter any DOS command. To get back
to AutoCAD, simply type EXIT at the
DOS prompt.

SHADE

Shades 3D model in current Model


Space Viewport

SHAPE

Draws predefined Shapes

SHELL

Allows access to internal operating


system (DOS) commands. Once SH is
invoked, followed by two <RET>s, the
DOS Prompt will be displayed, so you
can enter any DOS command. To get
back to AutoCAD, simply type EXIT at
the DOS prompt.

SKETCH

Permits freehand sketching simulation

R Resizes with respect to a


reference size
can be transparent

can be transparent
? Lists specified (or all) system
variables and their settings

? Lists available Shape names

C Connect: restarts SKETCH at


endpoint
E Erases (backs up over)
temporary lines
P Raises/lowers sketching pen

Q Discards temporary lines,


remains in SKETCH
R Records temporary lines,
remains in SKETCH
X Records temporary lines, exits
SKETCH
. Draws line to current point
SNAP

Specified a round-off interval for point


entry so that entities can be placed at
precise locations

can be transparent
<number> sets snap
alignment resolution
ON aligns designated
points
OFF does not align designatged
points
A sets aspect ratio
(differing X and Y spacing)
R Rotates the snap grid
and crosshairs, and turns
on SNAP after, if not
already turned on
S Selects either Standard
(rectangular) or Isometric
Snap grid

SOLID

Draws filled polygons. Fill can be


turned ON or OFF with the FILL
command

STATUS

Displays drawing statistics and modes


on the Text Screen

STRETCH

Allows moving a portion of a drawing


while retaining their connections to
other parts of the drawing. You cannot
stretch Blocks, Hatch patterns, or Text
entities, however.

STYLE

Creates named Text styles, with userselected combinations of font, height,


mirroring, obliging, and horizontal
scaling.

can be transparent

can be transparent
? Lists specified (or all) currently
defined text styles

TABLET

Aligns the digitizing tablet with


coordinates of a paper drawing to
accurately copy it with AutoCAD

ON Turns Tablet Mode ON (but it


has to be CALibrated first)
OFF Turns Tablet Mode OFF
CAL Calibrates Tablet for use -sets the distance to be used to
copy the drawing to an accurate
scale
CFG Configures tablet menus and
pointing area

TABSURF

Creates a polygon mesh


approximating a general tabulated
surface defined by a path and a
direction vector

TEXT

Draws text characters of any size with


selected styles

J Prompts for justification options


S Lists or selects text style
A Aligns text between two points,
with style-specified width factor,
AutoCAD computes approximate
height proportional to length of text
line
C Centers text horizontally about a
defined point
F Fits text between two points, with
specified height, AutoCAD
computes approximate width factor
to fill the distance between the two
points
M Centers text horizontally and
vertically about a defined point
R Right-justifies text
BL Bottom Left justification
BC Bottom Center justification
BR Bottom Right justification
ML Middle Left justification

MC Middle Center justification


MR Middle Right justification
TL Top Left justification
TC Top Center justification
TR Top Right justification
TEXTSCR

A "toggle." Flips the display on singlescreen systems (most of them) from


text-screen to graphics-screen, and
vice-versa.

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TIME

Displays drawing creation and update


times, and permits control of an
elapsed timer.

can be transparent
D Displays current times
ON Starts user elapsed timer
OFF Stops user elapsed timer
R Resets user elapsed timer

TRACE

Draws solid filled lines of specified


width. Has mostly been superseded by
the PLINE command.

TREESTAT

Displays information on the drawing's


current spatial index, such as the
number and depth of nodes in the
drawing database.

TRIM

Erases a portion of selected entities


that cross a specified "cutting edge"

Reverses the effect of the previous


command

UCS

Defines or modifies the current User


Coordinate System

U Undoes last trim operation

D ("Delete") Deletes one or more


saved coordinate systems
E ("Entity") Sets a UCS with the
same extrusion direction as that of
the selected entity
O ("Origin") Shifts the origin of the
current coordinate system

P ("Previous") Restores the


Previous UCS
R ("Restore") Restores a
previously saved UCS
S ("Save") Saves the current UCS
V ("View") Establishes a new UCS
whose Z-axis is parallel to the
current viewing direction
W ("World") Sets the current UCS
to the World Coordinate System
X Rotates the current UCS around
the X-axis
Y Rotates the current UCS around
the Y-axis
Z Rotates the current UCS around
the Z-axis
ZA Defines a UCS using an origin
point and a point on the positive
portion of the Z-axis
3 Defines a UCS using an origin
point, a point on the positive
portion of the X-axis, and a point
on the positive Y-portion of the XY
plane
? Lists specified saved coordinate
systems
UCSICON

Controls visibility and placement of the


User Coordinate System Icon, which
graphically indicates the origin and
orientation of the current UCS. The
options normally affect only the current
viewport.

A Changes settings of all active


viewports
N ("NoOrigin") Displays the
UCSICON at the lower-left corner
of the viewport (i.e., not at the
Origin)
OR ("ORigin") Displays the
UCSICON at the origin of the
current UCS, if possible (if the
origin point is not within the current
viewport, the location of the

UCSICON defaults to the lower-left


corner of the viewport)
OFF Turns the UCSICON off
ON Turns the UCSICON on
UNDEFINE

Deletes the definition of a built-in


AutoCAD command

UNDO

Reverses the effect of multiple


commands, and provides control over
the "Undo" facility

<number> Undoes the


<number> of most recent
commands in reverse
order
A ("Auto") Controls treatment of
menu items as UNDO "Groups"
B ("Back") Undoes back to
previous UNDO "Mark"
C ("Control") Enables/disables the
UNDO feature
E ("End") Terminates an UNDO
Group (a sequence to be treated
as one command)
G ("Group") Begins an UNDO
Group (a sequence to be treated
as one command)
M ("Mark") Places "marker" in
UNDO file (for use with "Back")
Control Sub-Options
All Enables the full UNDO
feature
None Disables U and
UNDO entirely, and
discards any previous
UNDO information saved
earlier in the editing
session
One Limits U and UNDO
to a single operation

UNITS

Selects coordinate and angle display


formats and precision

can be transparent

VIEW

Saves the current graphic display and


space as a named view, or restores a
saved view and space to the display

can be transparent
D Deletes a named view
R Restores named view to screen
S Saves current display as named
view
W Saves specified Window as
named view
? Lists specified named views

VIEWPORTS
or
VPORTS

Used in Model Space only, and has


been superseded by Paper Space
Vports, created with the MVIEW
command. Divides the AutoCAD
graphics display into multiple
viewports, each of which can contain a
different view of the current drawing
(maximum of 4 "tiled" viewports per
viewport)

D Deletes a saved viewport


configuration
J Joins (merges) two viewports
R Restores a saved viewport
configuration
S Saves the current viewport
configuration
SI ("SIngle") Displays a SIngle
viewport filling the entire graphics
area
2 Divides the current viewport into
2 viewports
3 Divides the current viewport into
3 viewports
4 Divides the current viewport into
4 viewports
? Lists the current and saved
viewport configurations

VIEWRES

Allows you to control the precision and


speed of circle and arc drawing on the
monitor by specifying the number of
sides in a circle. Acts like an AutoCAD
variable. Recommend that it be set to
2000.

VPLAYER

Sets viewport visibility for new and


existing layers

? Lists layers frozen in a selected


viewport
F ("Freeze") Freezes specified

layers in selected viewports


T ("Thaw") Thaws specified layers
in selected viewports
R ("Reset") Resets specified layers
to their default visibility
N ("Newfrz") Creates new layers
that are frozen in all viewports
V ("Vpvisdflt") Sets the default
viewport visibility for existing layers
VPOINT

Selects the viewpoint for a 3D


visualization

R Selects viewpoint via


two rotation angles
<RET> Selects viewpoint
via a graphic compass and
axis tripod which appears
on the screen
<x,y,z> Specifies x, y, and
z relative coordinates of
viewpoint

VSLIDE

Displays a previously created slide file

<filename> views
slide with name of
"filename.SLD"
*filename preloads
slide which the
next command
VSLIDE will view

WBLOCK

Writes selected entities or previously


created Block to a drawing file

<filename> writes
specified entities to
"filename.DWG"
= filename.DWG to be
created is same as the
entities included in a
previously defined Block
by the same name
* writes entire drawing to
the filename.DWG and
purges all unreferenced
blocks, layers, linetypes,
text and dimensioning

styles
<RET> writes selected
objects
XBIND

Makes portions of an Xref a permanent


part of your drawing

B ("Block") Makes a block in the


Xref a permanent part of your
drawing
D ("Dimstyle") Makes a dimstyle in
the Xref a permanent part of your
drawing
L ("Layer") Makes a layer in the
Xref a permanent part of your
drawing
LT ("LType") Makes a Ltype in the
Xref a permanent part of your
drawing
S ("Style") Makes a text style in the
Xref a permanent part of your
drawing

XREF

Allows you to work with other AutoCAD


drawings without adding them
permanently to your drawing and
without altering their contents

A ("Attach") "Attaches" a new Xref


to the drawing or updates an Xref
that is already attached
B ("Bind") Makes an Xref a
permanent part of your drawing
D ("Detach") Removes an Xref
from your drawing
P ("Path") Allows you to view and
edit the filename path (directory
and sub-directory) that AutoCAD
searches when loading a particular
Xref
R ("Reload") Updates one or more
Xrefs at any time
? Lists Xrefs in your drawing and
the drawing associated with each
one

ZOOM

Enlarges or reduces the display


magnification of the drawing, without

can be transparent
<number> multiplier from

changing the actual size of the entities

original magnification
<number X> multiplier
from current magnification
<number XP>multiplier of
magnification relative to
paper space -- used for
plotting to get right plot
scale in each viewport
A ("All") fills limits of drawing to
screen
C ("Center") makes picked point
the center of the screen
D ("Dynamic") makes an adjustible
rectangular lens appear on the
screen which is capable of being
made smaller or larger and moved
to different positions over the
drawing and once set by the user,
the drawing will quickly zoom to
the location and magnification set
for the lens. This sub-command is
no longer useful because all
computers have very fast zooms
naturally now.
E ("Extents") makes the farthest
edges of the actual visible drawing
fill up the graphics screen
L ("Lower-Left") makes the point
picked become shoved to the
lower-left corner of the graphics
screen
P ("Previous") zooms back to
whatever the last zoom, previous
to the current zoom was -AutoCAD stores about 10 of these,
so you can walk backward in zoom
magnification 10 times
V ("Virtual Screen") makes the
largest area available to the
graphics card fill the graphics
screen -- this varies with the
quantity of graphics RAM that your

graphics card has


W ("Window") asks you to pick the
lower left corner and the upper
right corner of a zoom window and
then fits that window to the
graphics screen
3DFACE

Draws flat planes in 3D space with


either 3 corners or 4 corners (3 sided
or 4 sided flat planes). These are used
to hide objects behind them in space to
create the illusion of a solid object.
3DFACEs can also be shaded using
the SHADE command, in which case
the entire plane takes on the color
assigned to its edges. Normally
(without using the HIDE or SHADE
commands, 3DFACEs are transparent,
which means that objects behind them
in space are visible through them, and
they appear as "wireframes."

3DMESH

Draws a 3D polygon mesh by


specifying its size, in terms of the
number of faces in each direction
(called M and N directions), and the
location in 3D space of each vertex
(the corner of a face) in the mesh.

3DPOLY

Creates a 3D polyline

I ("Invisible") this is used by typing


in the letter "I" just before picking a
corner point for the 3DFACE, and it
will make the edge of the 3DFACE
drawn from that point to the next
one "Invisible" (that is, it will not be
shown as a line on the drawing).
This is important when joining
several 3DFACEs together to
cover a complex, multi-faceted
surface, where you do not want the
"seams" of the 3DFACEs to show
in the final drawing. The visibility of
edges of 3DFACEs can further be
turned on or off by the AutoCAD
variable "SPLFRAME." When
SPLFRAME is set to 1 ("on"), both
edges which have been made
"Invisible" as well as normal,
visible edges are shown on the
drawing. When SPLFRAME is set
to 0 ("off"), Invisible edges are not
shown. The purpose of sometimes
wanting to see invisible edges is
that you may want to move,
stretch, or copy the 3DFACE and if
its edges are invisible, you cannot
select them fopr modification. You
can only select a 3DFACE by
picking on a visible edge.

C Closes the polyline back to the


first point
U Undoes (deletes) the last
segment entered

<RET> Exits 3DPOLY


command

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AutoCAD 2000 Commands


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3D Creates three-dimensional polygon mesh objects
3DARRAY Creates a three-dimensional array
3DCLIP Invokes the interactive 3D view and opens the Adjust Clipping Planes window
3DCORBIT Invokes the interactive 3D view and enables you to set the objects in the 3D
view into continuous motion

3DDISTANCE Invokes the interactive 3D view and makes objects appear closer or
farther away
3DFACE Creates a three-dimensional face
3DMESH Creates a free-form polygon mesh
3DORBIT Controls the interactive viewing of objects in 3D
3DPAN Invokes the interactive 3D view and enables you to drag the view horizontally
and vertically
3DPOLY Creates a polyline with straight line segments using the CONTINUOUS
linetype in three-dimensional space
3DSIN Imports a 3D Studio (3DS) file
3DSOUT Exports to a 3D Studio (3DS) file
3DSWIVEL Invokes the interactive 3D view and simulates the effect of turning the
camera
3DZOOM Invokes the interactive 3D view so you can zoom in and out on the view
A
ABOUT Displays information about AutoCAD
ACISIN Imports an ACIS file
ACISOUT Exports AutoCAD solid objects to an ACIS file
ADCCLOSE Closes AutoCAD DesignCenter
ADCENTER Manages content
ADCNAVIGATE Directs the Desktop in AutoCAD DesignCenter to the file name,
directory location, or network path you specify
ALIGN Aligns objects with other objects in 2D and 3D
AMECONVERT Converts AME solid models to AutoCAD solid objects
APERTURE Controls the size of the object snap target box
APPLOAD Loads and unloads applications and defines which applications to load at
startup
ARC Creates an arc
AREA Calculates the area and perimeter of objects or of defined areas
ARRAY Creates multiple copies of objects in a pattern
ARX Loads, unloads, and provides information about ObjectARX applications
ATTDEF Creates an attribute definition
ATTDISP Globally controls attribute visibility
ATTEDIT Changes attribute information
ATTEXT Extracts attribute data
ATTREDEF Redefines a block and updates associated attributes
AUDIT Evaluates the integrity of a drawing
B
BACKGROUND Sets up the background for your scene
BASE Sets the insertion base point for the current drawing

BHATCH Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern


BLIPMODE Controls the display of marker blips
BLOCK Creates a block definition from objects you select
BLOCKICON Generates preview images for blocks created with Release 14 or earlier
BMPOUT Saves selected objects to a file in device-independent bitmap format
BOUNDARY Creates a region or a polyline from an enclosed area
BOX Creates a three-dimensional solid box
BREAK Erases parts of objects or splits an object in two
BROWSER Launches the default Web browser defined in your system's registry
C
CAL Evaluates mathematical and geometric expressions
CAMERA Sets a different camera and target location
CHAMFER Bevels the edges of objects
CHANGE Changes the properties of existing objects
CHPROP Changes the color, layer, linetype, linetype scale factor, lineweight, thickness,
and plot style of an object
CIRCLE Creates a circle
CLOSE Closes the current drawing
COLOR Defines color for new objects
COMPILE Compiles shape files and PostScript font files
CONE Creates a three-dimensional solid cone
CONVERT Optimizes 2D polylines and associative hatches created in AutoCAD Release
13 or earlier
COPY Duplicates objects
COPYBASE Copies objects with a specified base point
COPYCLIP Copies objects to the Clipboard
COPYHIST Copies the text in the command line history to the Clipboard
COPYLINK Copies the current view to the Clipboard for linking to other OLE
applications
CUTCLIP Copies objects to the Clipboard and erases the objects from the drawing
CYLINDER Creates a three-dimensional solid cylinder
D
DBCCLOSE Closes the dbConnect Manager
DBCONNECT Provides an AutoCAD interface to external database tables
DBLIST Lists database information for each object in the drawing
DDEDIT Edits text and attribute definitions
DDPTYPE Specifies the display mode and size of point objects
DDVPOINT Sets the three-dimensional viewing direction
DELAY Provides a timed pause within a script

DIM AND DIM1 Accesses Dimensioning mode


DIMALIGNED Creates an aligned linear dimension
DIMANGULAR Creates an angular dimension
DIMBASELINE Creates a linear, angular, or ordinate dimension from the baseline of the
previous dimension or a selected dimension
DIMCENTER Creates the center mark or the centerlines of circles and arcs
DIMCONTINUE Creates a linear, angular, or ordinate dimension from the second
extension line of the previous dimension or a selected dimension
DIMDIAMETER Creates diameter dimensions for circles and arcs
DIMEDIT Edits dimensions
DIMLINEAR Creates linear dimensions
DIMORDINATE Creates ordinate point dimensions
DIMOVERRIDE Overrides dimension system variables
DIMRADIUS Creates radial dimensions for circles and arcs
DIMSTYLE Creates and modifies dimension styles
DIMTEDIT Moves and rotates dimension text
DIST Measures the distance and angle between two points
DIVIDE Places evenly spaced point objects or blocks along the length or perimeter of an
object
DONUT Draws filled circles and rings
DRAGMODE Controls the way AutoCAD displays dragged objects
DRAWORDER Changes the display order of images and other objects
DSETTINGS Specifies settings for Snap mode, grid, and polar and object snap tracking
DSVIEWER Opens the Aerial View window
DVIEW Defines parallel projection or perspective views
DWGPROPS Sets and displays the properties of the current drawing
DXBIN Imports specially coded binary files
E
EDGE Changes the visibility of three-dimensional face edges
EDGESURF Creates a three-dimensional polygon mesh
ELEV Sets elevation and extrusion thickness properties of new objects
ELLIPSE Creates an ellipse or an elliptical arc
ERASE Removes objects from a drawing
EXPLODE Breaks a compound object into its component objects
EXPORT Saves objects to other file formats
EXPRESSTOOLS Activates the installed AutoCAD Express Tools if currently
unavailable
EXTEND Extends an object to meet another object
EXTRUDE Creates unique solid primitives by extruding existing two-dimensional
objects

F
FILL Controls the filling of multilines, traces, solids, all hatches, and wide polylines
FILLET Rounds and fillets the edges of objects
FILTER Creates reusable filters to select objects based on properties
FIND Finds, replaces, selects, or zooms to specified text
FOG Provides visual cues for the apparent distance of objects
G
GRAPHSCR Switches from the text window to the drawing area
GRID Displays a dot grid in the current viewport
GROUP Creates a named selection set of objects
H
HATCH Fills a specified boundary with a pattern
HATCHEDIT Modifies an existing hatch object
HELP (F1) Displays online help
HIDE Regenerates a three-dimensional model with hidden lines suppressed
HYPERLINK Attaches a hyperlink to a graphical object or modifies an existing
hyperlink
HYPERLINKOPTIONS Controls the visibility of the hyperlink cursor and the display of
hyperlink tooltips
"A project required the drawing borders to be removed and replaced with an
updated border on 8,000 drawings. A script was written with help from
Hurricane support group to automate the process and all the drawings were
processed successfully. The use of Hurricane scripts allowed the work to be done
quickly and efficiently without tying up huge resources in manpower to
complete the job. A big Thumbs UP for this program and the support
group.".
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ID Displays the coordinate values of a location


IMAGE Manages images
IMAGEADJUST Controls the image display of the brightness, contrast, and fade values
of images
IMAGEATTACH Attaches a new image to the current drawing
IMAGECLIP Creates new clipping boundaries for an image object
IMAGEFRAME Controls whether AutoCAD displays the image frame or hides it from
view
IMAGEQUALITY Controls the display quality of images
IMPORT Imports files in various formats into AutoCAD
INSERT Places a named block or drawing into the current drawing
INSERTOBJ Inserts a linked or embedded object
INTERFERE Creates a composite 3D solid from the common volume of two or more
solids
INTERSECT Creates composite solids or regions from the intersection of two or more
solids or regions and removes the areas outside of the intersection
ISOPLANE Specifies the current isometric plane
L
LAYER Manages layers and layer properties
LAYOUT Creates a new layout and renames, copies, saves, or deletes an existing layout
LAYOUTWIZARD Starts the Layout wizard, in which you can designate page and plot
settings for a new layout
LEADER Creates a line that connects annotation to a feature
LENGTHEN Lengthens an object
LIGHT Manages lights and lighting effects
LIMITS Sets and controls the drawing boundaries and grid display
LINE Creates straight line segments
LINETYPE Creates, loads, and sets linetypes
LIST Displays database information for selected objects
LOAD Makes shapes available for use by the SHAPE command
LOGFILEOFF Closes the log file opened by LOGFILEON
LOGFILEON Writes the text window contents to a file
LSEDIT Edits a landscape object
LSLIB Maintains libraries of landscape objects
LSNEW Adds realistic landscape items, such as trees and bushes, to your drawings
LTSCALE Sets the linetype scale factor
LWEIGHT Sets the current lineweight, lineweight display options, and lineweight units
M

MASSPROP Calculates and displays the mass properties of regions or solids


MATCHPROP Copies the properties from one object to one or more objects
MATLIB Imports and exports materials to and from a library of materials
MEASURE Places point objects or blocks at measured intervals on an object
MENU Loads a menu file
MENULOAD Loads partial menu files
MENUUNLOAD Unloads partial menu files
MINSERT Inserts multiple instances of a block in a rectangular array
MIRROR Creates a mirror image copy of objects
MIRROR3D Creates a mirror image of objects about a plane
MLEDIT Edits multiple parallel lines
MLINE Creates multiple parallel lines
MLSTYLE Defines a style for multiple parallel lines
MODEL Switches from a layout tab to the Model tab and makes it current
MOVE Displaces objects a specified distance in a specified direction
MSLIDE Creates a slide file of the current viewport in model space, or of all viewports in
paper space
MSPACE Switches from paper space to a model space viewport
MTEXT Creates multiline text
MULTIPLE Repeats the next command until canceled
MVIEW Creates floating viewports and turns on existing floating viewports
MVSETUP Sets up the specifications of a drawing
N
NEW Creates a new drawing file
O
OFFSET Creates concentric circles, parallel lines, and parallel curves
OLELINKS Updates, changes, and cancels existing OLE links
OLESCALE Displays the OLE Properties dialog box
OOPS Restores erased objects
OPEN Opens an existing drawing file
OPTIONS Customizes the AutoCAD settings
ORTHO Constrains cursor movement
OSNAP ets object snap modes
P
PAGESETUP Specifies the layout page, plotting device, paper size, and settings for each
new layout
PAN Moves the drawing display in the current viewport
PARTIALOAD Loads additional geometry into a partially opened drawing

PARTIALOPEN Loads geometry from a selected view or layer into a drawing


PASTEBLOCK Pastes a copied block into a new drawing
PASTECLIP Inserts data from the Clipboard
PASTEORIG Pastes a copied object in a new drawing using the coordinates from the
original drawing
PASTESPEC Inserts data from the Clipboard and controls the format of the data
PCINWIZARD Displays a wizard to import PCP and PC2 configuration file plot settings
into the Model tab or current layout
PEDIT Edits polylines and three-dimensional polygon meshes
PFACE Creates a three-dimensional polyface mesh vertex by vertex
PLAN Displays the plan view of a user coordinate system
PLINE Creates two-dimensional polylines
PLOT Plots a drawing to a plotting device or file
PLOTSTYLE Sets the current plot style for new objects, or the assigned plot style for
selected objects
PLOTTERMANAGER Displays the Plotter Manager, where you can launch the Add-aPlotter wizard and the Plotter Configuration Editor
POINT Creates a point object
POLYGON Creates an equilateral closed polyline
PREVIEW Shows how the drawing will look when it is printed or plotted
PROPERTIES Controls properties of existing objects
PROPERTIESCLOSE Closes the Properties window
PSDRAG Controls the appearance of a PostScript image as it is dragged into position
with PSIN
PSETUPIN Imports a user-defined page setup into a new drawing layout
PSFILL Fills a two-dimensional polyline outline with a PostScript pattern
PSIN Imports a PostScript file
PSOUT Creates an encapsulated PostScript file
PSPACE Switches from a model space viewport to paper space
PURGE Removes unused named objects, such as blocks or layers, from the drawing
database
"I have over a period of time been on the lookout for a package which would
allow me to create Scripts for use in AutoCAD. I have tried and looked at a
variety of packages. But this has them all beat hands down. For me an
application should work almost intuitively. That is, it should not require a lot of
digging in order to get it up and running. The various screens are clear and easy
to comprehend. Hurricane works smoothly and easily.
When I have run into a snag (it's usually my fault) Bill has been super fast in
helping me find where the problem was (translation: where I messed up). His

readiness to update the package to give users what they want is nothing short of
amazing as is the speed with which he incorporates suggestions from users. This
is especially impressive when you look at other applications and how hard it is to
get help or make suggestions and have them ignored or they might show up in a
couple of months. The best money I have ever invested (except for a Tech
Mutual I bought a couple of years ago , but that's another story). Thanks again!".
- Donald Boyer - Alpha Projects Inc. ( website )
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Q
QDIM Quickly creates a dimension
QLEADER Quickly creates a leader and leader annotation
QSAVE Quickly saves the current drawing
QSELECT Quickly creates selection sets based on filtering criteria
QTEXT Controls the display and plotting of text and attribute objects
QUIT Exits AutoCAD
R
RAY Creates a semi-infinite line
RECOVER Repairs a damaged drawing
RECTANG Draws a rectangular polyline
REDEFINE Restores AutoCAD internal commands overridden by UNDEFINE
REDO Reverses the effects of the previous UNDO or U command
REDRAW Refreshes the display in the current viewport
REDRAWALL Refreshes the display in all viewports
REFCLOSE Saves back or discards changes made during in-place editing of a reference
(an xref or a block)
REFEDIT Selects a reference for editing
REFSET Adds or removes objects from a working set during in-place editing of a
reference (an xref or a block)
REGEN Regenerates the drawing and refreshes the current viewport
REGENALL Regenerates the drawing and refreshes all viewports
REGENAUTO Controls automatic regeneration of a drawing
REGION Creates a region object from a selection set of existing objects

REINIT Reinitializes the digitizer, digitizer input/output port, and program parameters
file
RENAME Changes the names of objects
RENDER Creates a photorealistic or realistically shaded image of a three-dimensional
wireframe or solid model
RENDSCR Redisplays the last rendering created with the RENDER command
REPLAY Displays a BMP, TGA, or TIFF image
RESUME Continues an interrupted script
REVOLVE Creates solids by revolving two-dimensional objects about an axis
REVSURF Creates a revolved surface about a selected axis
RMAT Manages rendering materials
ROTATE Moves objects about a base point
ROTATE3D Moves objects about a three-dimensional axis
RPREF Sets rendering preferences
RSCRIPT Creates a script that repeats continuously
RULESURF Creates a ruled surface between two curves
S
SAVE Saves the drawing under the current file name or a specified name
SAVEAS Saves an unnamed drawing with a file name or renames the current drawing
SAVEIMG Saves a rendered image to a file
SCALE Enlarges or reduces selected objects equally in the X, Y, and Z directions
SCENE Manages scenes in model space
SCRIPT Executes a sequence of commands from a script
SECTION Uses the intersection of a plane and solids to create a region
SELECT Places selected objects in the Previous selection set
SETUV Maps materials onto objects
SETVAR Lists or changes the values of system variables
SHADEMODE Shades the objects in the current viewport
SHAPE Inserts a shape
SHELL Accesses operating system commands
SHOWMAT Lists the material type and attachment method for a selected object
SKETCH Creates a series of freehand line segments
SLICE Slices a set of solids with a plane
SNAP Restricts cursor movement to specified intervals
SOLDRAW Generates profiles and sections in viewports created with SOLVIEW
SOLID Creates solid-filled polygons
SOLIDEDIT Edits faces and edges of 3D solid objects
SOLPROF Creates profile images of three-dimensional solids
SOLVIEW Creates floating viewports using orthographic projection to lay out multi- and
sectional view drawings of 3D solid and body objects while in a layout

SPELL Checks spelling in a drawing


SPHERE Creates a three-dimensional solid sphere
SPLINE Creates a quadratic or cubic spline (NURBS) curve
SPLINEDIT Edits a spline object
STATS Displays rendering statistics
STATUS Displays drawing statistics, modes, and extents
STLOUT Stores a solid in an ASCII or binary file
STRETCH Moves or stretches objects
STYLE Creates or modifies named styles and sets the current style for text in your
drawing
STYLESMANAGER Displays the Plot Style Manager
SUBTRACT Creates a composite region or solid by subtraction
SYSWINDOWS Arranges windows
T
TABLET Calibrates, configures, and turns on and off an attached digitizing tablet
TABSURF Creates a tabulated surface from a path curve and a direction vector
TEXT Displays text on screen as it is entered
TEXTSCR Opens the AutoCAD text window
TIME Displays the date and time statistics of a drawing
TOLERANCE Creates geometric tolerances
TOOLBAR Displays, hides, and customizes toolbars
TORUS Creates a donut-shaped solid
TRACE Creates solid lines
TRANSPARENCY Controls whether background pixels in an image are transparent or
opaque
TREESTAT Displays information about the drawing's current spatial index
TRIM Trims objects at a cutting edge defined by other objects
U
U Reverses the most recent operation
UCS Manages user coordinate systems
UCSICON Controls the visibility and placement of the UCS icon
UCSMAN Manages defined user coordinate systems
UNDEFINE Allows an application-defined command to override an internal AutoCAD
command
UNDO Reverses the effect of commands
UNION Creates a composite region or solid by addition
UNITS Controls coordinate and angle display formats and determines precision
V

VBAIDE Displays the Visual Basic Editor


VBALOAD Loads a global VBA project into the current AutoCAD session
VBAMAN Loads, unloads, saves, creates, embeds, and extracts VBA projects
VBARUN Runs a VBA macro
VBASTMT Executes a VBA statement on the AutoCAD command line
VBAUNLOAD Unloads a global VBA project
VIEW Saves and restores named views
VIEWRES Sets the resolution for objects in the current viewport
VLISP Displays the Visual LISP interactive development environment (IDE)
VPCLIP Clips viewport objects
VPLAYER Sets layer visibility within viewports
VPOINT Sets the viewing direction for a three-dimensional visualization of the drawing
VPORTS Divides the drawing area into multiple tiled or floating viewports
VSLIDE Displays an image slide file in the current viewport
"With Hurricane, I can set the Ltscale, Purge, and Plot several sets of
drawings to various printers; either 1/2 size or full size, all at the same time. The
ability to combine several small script files into a large one at a click of a button
is awesome. No lengthy scripts, just lots of small ones. Set the Zoom, Ltscale,
Plot and Xref-Bind all the drawings you wish within minutes...awesome tool. If
you can think it...you can accomplish it by using this great tool.".
- Thomas Hoellering - Hay, Zietlow & Associates, LLC ( website )
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W
WBLOCK Writes objects or a block to a new drawing file
WEDGE Creates a 3D solid with a sloped face tapering along the X axis
WHOHAS Displays ownership information for opened drawing files
WMFIN Imports a Windows metafile
WMFOPTS Sets options for WMFIN
WMFOUT Saves objects to a Windows metafile
X

XATTACH Attaches an external reference to the current drawing


XBIND Binds dependent symbols of an xref to a drawing
XCLIP Defines an xref or block clipping boundary and sets the front or back clipping
planes
XLINE Creates an infinite line
XPLODE Breaks a compound object into its component objects
XREF Controls external references to drawing files
Z
ZOOM Increases or decreases the apparent size of objects in the current viewport