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AutoCAD Drafting Workspace

There are 3 methods of giving a command;

  1. Type in the command, which is displayed in the Command Line Area.
  2. Select the command from a menu.
  3. Select a command’s icon from a toolbar.

Draw

Read the command line at the bottom of the screen for instructions of what to do next.  

Hit Esc twice to get out of a command.  

Try the following:

Icon Command Operation
LINE Pick first point on screen then second point, third etc. Right click or hit Enter to finish.
POLYLINE Pick first, second, etc. points and this will draw lines in-between. You must come back to the starting point, right click or hit enter to finish.
CIRCLE Pick center then radius. Select down arrow for more circle options.
ARC Pick 1st point on arc then the 2nd and 3rd points. Specify on the command line what you wish to use first. Select down arrow for more arc options
RECTANGLE Pick first point on screen then second point.
POLYGON Select down arrow for Polygon - Used to draw a hexagon, octagon, etc.
ELLIPSE Similar to circle. Select down arrow for more ellipse options.
HATCH Fills an area with a pattern. Select down arrow for more hatch options
More Modify Options

 

Modify

Read the command line at the bottom of the screen for instructions of what to do next.  

Hit Esc twice to get out of a command.  

Try the following:

Selecting Objects to Modify

Left click on a Single or Multiple Objects to select.

Use a Crosses or Window Selection Box

  • Left click and let go: Create a rectangle around what you want to select.
  • Left click and hold: Create a lasso around what you want to select.
Select Type Select Method What is selected

Crosses Box

Click right to left over objects you wish to select: this selects all the objects the box touches.

Window Box

Click right to left over objects you wish to select: this selects only those objects totally inside the box.

Modify Toolbar

Icon Command Operation
MOVE Used to move an object.
ROTATE To rotate an object around a specified point.
TRIM Used to trim off an object to a specified boundary.
Select the object(s) you wish to trim to or right click (hit enter) to select all lines to trim to. Then select the object(s) end you wish to trim off.
ERASE Used to delete an object (such as a line, circle, box, curve etc.).
Or select and hit DELETE on the keyboard.
COPY Used to make a replica of an object.
MIRROR Used to make a mirror image of an object.
FILLET Puts a round on 2 non-parallel lines.
CHAMFER Puts a slant on 2 non-parallel lines.
EXPLODE Breaks objects into individual lines etc., such as a box into 4 lines. Draw 2 boxes, then try exploding 1 of the boxes, lastly erase each box by touching each line and note the difference between them.
STRETCH Used to stretch or shrink an object in length or width. Dimensions will change to give new length or width.
SCALE Used to make object(s) bigger or smaller. At command line type the scale factor desired.
(If you wish to double the size then 2, if you wish to half the size then 0.5)




ARRAY

Rectangular Array – used to copy an object across and down a number of times you specify.

Polar Array – used to copy an object around a center point a specified number of times.

Pathway Array – used to copy objects along a path a specified number of times.

OFFSET Used to copy a line, polyline, arc, circle, etc. the amount and to the side specified.
EXTEND Used to extend objects to a specified boundary. Select the object(s) you wish to extend to, hit ENTER then select the object(s) you wish to extend.
BREAK Used to break out a piece of an object. Point at the object you wish to break. Type in “F” for 1st break point then select the 2nd break point.
More Modify Options


Navigation

Mouse
  • Roll mouse wheel to Zoom in or out
  • Click and hold the mouse wheel to Pan around.
Type "Zoom" or "Z"
  • All "A" - Zooms to display all visible objects and visual aids.
  • Extents "E" - Zooms to display the maximum extents of all objects.