AutoCAD Hotkeys, Commands and Shortcuts

AutoCAD commands List are sometimes long winded & hard to type particularly if they are being used over and over again. As such command shortcuts keys they have been a part of the software for some time now.

Sadly many users do not make use of them, as they are not aware of them. The table below shows some of the Shortcuts, to help you out work faster, saving your time:

BLOCKS

SHORTCUT KeyCOMMANDCOMMENT
ATTATTDEFOpens attribute definition dialogue box
ATTEDITATTEDITEdit attribute values for a specific block
BBLOCKOpens block dialogue box in order to make a block
BATTMANBATTMANOpens block attribute manager
BATTORDERBATTORDERDisplays attribute order dialogue box
BCBCLOSECloses the block editor
BCOUNTBCOUNTCounts the blocks in a drawing
BEBEDITOpens the edit block definition dialogue box
EATTEXTEATTEXTEnhanced attribute extraction wizard to count blocks
GATTEGATTEGlobal attribute edit of multiple blocks
IINSERTOpens insert dialogue to insert a block
-IINSERTInsert a block by name
MINSERTMINSERTInsert block in rectangular array
REFEDITREFEDITEdit a block reference in place
RENRENAMEOpens rename dialogue box to rename blocks, layers, etc
WWBLOCKWrite a block – for use in other drawings
XLISTXLISTLists type/block name/layer name/color/linetype of a
nested object in a block or an xref

COMMON AUTOCAD COMMANDS & SHORTCUT KEY LIST

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
AARCDraw an arc
ALALIGNAlign an object with another
APAPPLOADOpens application load dialogue box
ARARRAYOpens array dialogue box
AUDITAUDITAudit drawing for errors
AVDSVIEWEROpens ariel view of drawing
BBLOCKOpens block dialogue box
CCIRCLEDraw a circle
COCOPYCopy an object
CHACHAMFERChamfer between 2 non-parallel lines
COLCOLOROpens select color dialogue box
CUIOpens customise user interface dialogue
DDIMSTYLEOpens dimstyle manager
DCADCENTEROpens designcenter
DIDISTCheck a distance
DIVDIVIDEInserts point node a set division
DODONUTDraw a solid donut shape
DVDVIEWPerspective view
EERASEErase a selection
EXEXTENDExtend a selection
FFILLETDraw an arc between 2 intersecting lines
FIFILTEROpens filter dialogue box
FLATTENFLATTENConverts 3D to 2D
GGROUPLaunches the group dialogue box
HHATCHOpens hatch and gradient dialogue box
IINSERTInsert a block
IMIMAGELaunches image manager
JJOINJoins 2 objects to form single object
JPGOUTJPGOUTCreates a JPEG file of current drawing
LLINEDraw a line
LALAYEROpens layer manager
LEQLEADERDraw a leader line (may need to adjust settings)
LEADLEADERLeader line with annotation
LI or LSLISTDisplay information about objects in a text window
LO-LAYOUTCreates a new layout tab
LTSLTScaleChange the linetype scale
MMOVEMove a selection
MAMATCHPROPERTIESMatch properties of an object
MEMEASUREInserts point node at input distance
OOFFSETOffset a selection
OPOPTIONSLaunches options dialogue box
PPANPan in drawing
PEPOLYEDITEdit a polyline
PLPLINEDraw a polyline
PLOTPLOTOpens plot/print dialogue box
POPOINTPoint marker or node – DDPTYPE to change pointstyle
PRPROPERTIESOpens properties dialogue box
PREPREVIEWPreview a plot
PUPURGEOpens purge dialogue box to remove unused elements
REREGENRegenerate the display
RECRECTANGDraw a rectangle
RENRENAMEOpens rename dialogue box to rename blocks, layers, etc
ROROTATERotate a selection
SPSPELLSpell check a selection – ALL to check entire drawing
TMTEXTInsert multiline text
TBTABLEOpens insert a table dialogue box
TPTOOLPALETTESDisplays toolpalette
TRTRIMTrim a selection
UUNDOUndo last command
UNUNITSOpens units dialogue box
VVIEWOpens view dialogue box
WWBLOCKWrite a block
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WHOHASWHOHASDisplays who has a drawing open
XEXPLODEExplode a selection
XRXREFOpens x-reference manager
ZZOOMZoom in display – A=All, E=EXTENTS, W=WINDOW

AUTOCAD SHORTCUT LIST USING CONTROL KEYS

CTRL+0CLEANSCREENTurns user interface elements on/off
CTRL+1PROPERTIESTurns properties on/off
CTRL+2ADCENTERTurns design center on/off
CTRL+3TOOLPALETTESTurns tool palettes window on/off
CTRL+8QUICKCALCLaunches calculator window
CTRL+ASelect all
CTRL+CCOPYCLIPCopies objects to clipboard
CTRL+HTurns a group on or off
CTRL+JRepeats last command
CTRL+NNEWOpens create new drawing dialogue box
CTRL+OOPENOpens the select file dialogue box
CTRL+PPLOTOpens the plot dialogue box
CTRL+RCVPORTSwitches between viewports
CTRL+SQSAVEOpens the save drawing as dialogue box
CTRL+SHIFT+Save as
S
CTRL+VPASTECLIPPastes data from clipboard to drawing
CTRL+XCUTCLIPRemoves select object from drawing to clipboard
CTRL+YREDOPerforms the operation ccanceledby UNDO
CTRL+ZUNDOUndoes the last operation
CTRL+TABSwitches between open drawings
CTRL+PAGESwitch up between layout tabs
UP
CTRL+PAGESwitch down between layout tabs
DOWN
ARROWRecall last command
UP/Down

COORDINATE ENTRY

#X,YLocation measured by distance from 0,0 in current UCS
@X,YLocation measured by distance from last point
#distance<angleLocation measured by distance and angle from 0,0 in current UCS
@distance<anglLocation measured by distance and angle from last point
e
.x or.y or .xy etcLocation by extracting and combining coordinate values from 2 or 3 points
distanceLocation direct from current position in direction of movement
<angleAn angle override from current point

DIMENSIONING

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
CTRL+8QUICKCALCDisplays the calculator
DDIMSTYLEOpens dimension style manager dialogue box
DALDIMALIGNEDAligned linear dimension line
DANDIMANGULARAngular dimension line
DARDIMARCArc length dimension
DBADIMBASELINEOrdinate dimension from baseline of previous dimension
DCODIMCONTINUEOrdinate dimension from 2nd extension line of previous
dimension
DDIDIMDIAMETERDiameter dimension for circles and arcs
DEDDIMEDITEdit dimension text on dimension objects
DIDISTCheck a distance
DIMCENTERDIMCENTERCreates center mark
DLIDIMLINEARLinear dimension
DORDIMORDINATEOrdinate point dimension
DOVDIMOVERRIDEOverride dimension style
DRADIMRADIUSRadial dimension for circles and arcs
IDIDDisplay the co-ordinate values of a point
UNUNITSOpens drawing  units dialogue box

DRAWING OBJECTS

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
AARCDraw an arc with 3 points
BBLOCKOpens block dialogue box in order to make a block
BOBOUNDARYDraw a boundary
CCIRCLEDraw a circle
DODONUTDraw a solid donut shape
DTTEXTSingle line text
DIVDIVIDEInserts point node a set division
ELELLIPSEDraw an ellipse
FFILLETDraw an arc between 2 intersecting lines
GGROUPOpens object grouping dialogue
HHATCHOpens hatch and gradient dialogue box
LLINEDraw a line
LEQLEADERDraw a leader line (may need to adjust settings)
LEADLEADERLeader line with annotation
MLMLINEDraw multilines
OOFFSETOffset an object by distance
PLPLINEDraw a polyline – a complex line
POPOINTPoint marker or node – DDPTYPE to change pointstyle
POLPOLYGONDraw a regular polygon 3 to 1024 sides
RAYRAYConstruction line in one direction
RECRECTANGDraw a rectangle
REGREGIONRegion – for shading for example
REVCLOUDREVCLOUDRevision cloud – note can select a polyline
SPLSPLINESpline or smooth curve along points
TMTEXTMulti-line text
WIPEOUTWIPEOUTMasks part of drawing for clarity
XLXLINEConstruction line of infinite length

TIP

  1. Use PO to create node point – if you do not see anything try changing the node properties DDPTYPE.
  2. Alternatively set PDMODE to 3 to display an X at id point set PDMODE to 0 to clear.

EXTERNAL REFERENCE – XREF

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
REFEDITREFEDITEdit an external reference in place
XAXATTACHOpens select reference file dialogue for attaching Xref
XBXBINDOpens Xbind dialogue – allows import only of symbols etc
XCXCLIPCreate a border in an xref to hide outside area
XOPENXOPENOpens a selected xref in a new window
XRXREFOpens Xref manager dialogue box

TIP

  1. Using RELATIVE PATH to find the Xref file relative to the existing location can be a benefit if files are moved between locations or sent to others.
  2. OVERLAID should be used in place of ATTACH if 2 drawings share a common Xref, eg a mechanical drawing could be overlaid an electrical drawing to prevent the building outline appearing twice.

NOTES

  1. If a drawing has an Xref, the status bar will show the Manage Xref icon.

FORMATTING

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
APAPPLOADOpens application load dialogue box
BEBEDITOpens the edit block definition dialogue box
BHBHATCHOpens hatch and gradient dialogue box
CUIOpens customise user interface dialogue
DDIMSTYLEOpens dimension style manager dialogue box
DCADCENTEROpens designcenter
DDPTYPEDDPTYPEOpens point style dialogue box
LALAYEROpens layer manager
LTDDLTYPEOpens line type manager
LTSLTSCALEChange the linetype scale
LWLWEIGHTOpens line weight settings dialogue box
MAMATCHPROPERTIESMatch properties of an object
OPOPTIONSLaunches options dialogue box
OSDDOSNAPOpens drafting settings object snap dialogue
PRDDCHPROPOpens properties dialogue box
SSMSHEETSETOpens sheet set manager palette
STDDSTYLEOpens text style dialogue box
TPTOOLPALETTESDisplays toolpalette
TSTABLESTYLEOpens table style dialogue box

FUNCTION KEYS

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
F1HELPOpens Autocad help
F2TEXTSCRSwitches between text screen and graphics area
GRAPHSCR
F3OSNAPSwitches osnap on/off
F5 or CTRL+EISOPLANECycles through isoplanes
F6 or CTRL+DCOORDSTurns coordinate display on/off
F7 or CTRL+GGRIDTurns grid on/off
F8 or CTRL+LORTHOTurns ortho on/off
F9 or CTRL+BSNAPTurns snap on/off
F10 or CTRL+UPOLARTurns polar on/off
F11 orOSNAP TRACKTurns object snap tracking on/off
CTRL+W
F12DYNMODETurns dynamic input on/off

INQUIRY

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
AAAREACalculate the area
DIDISTCalculate a distance and angle
DDPTYPEDDPTYPEOpens point style dialogue box
IDIDDisplay the co-ordinate values of a point
LI or LSLISTDisplay information about objects in a text window
MASSPROPMASSPROPCalculate the region/mass properties of a solid
PRPROPERTIESOpens properties dialogue box
WHOHASWHOHASDisplays who has a drawing open
XLISTXLISTLists type/block name/layer name/color/linetype of a
nested object in a block or an xref

TIP

  1. If you wish to identify a known location use ID and enter coordinates on command line to mark that location with a node point – if you do not see anything try changing the node properties DDPTYPE.
  2. Alternatively set PDMODE to 3 to display an X at id point set PDMODE to 0 to clear.

LAYERS SHOURTCUT KEY LIST & COMMANDS USED IN AUTOCADE

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
LALAYEROpens layer manager
LAYCURLAYERCURRENTChange objects to current layer
LAYDELLAYERDELETEDelete a layer by selecting object
LAYFRZLAYERFREEZEFreeze a layer by selecting object
LAYISOLAYERISOLATEIsolates a layer by selecting object
LAYLCKLAYER LOOKLock a layer by selecting object
LAYMCHPLAYER MATCHMatch properties of a layer
LAYMRGLAYERMERGEMoves objects from the first layer to second and deletes first
LAYOFFLAYER OFFSwitches a layer off
LAYONLAYER ONSwitches all layers on except frozen layers
LAYERPLAYERPREVIOUSRestores previous layer state
LAYTHWLAYTHWThaws all layers
LAYWALKLAYERWALKWalkthrough layers
LMANLMANAccess Layer manager to save and restore layer states

TIP

Layer States – Create a layer state in Layer Manager (LA then Alt+S) to quickly switch between different layer property settings.

MODIFYING OBJECTS

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
ALALIGNAlign an object with another
ARARRAYMake multiple copies of an object
BRBREAKBreak a line by defining 2 points
CO or CPCOPYCopy object
COPYTOLAYECOPYTOLAYERCopy object from one layer to another
R
CHACHAMFERChamfer between 2 non-parallel lines
EERASEErase selection
EXEXTENDExtend a line to meet another
FFILLETDraw an arc between 2 intersecting lines
GGROUPOpens object grouping dialogue – use to copy or move
LENLENGTHENLengthen or shorten a line
MMOVEMove an object
MIMIRRORMirror an object
MOCOROMOVE/COPY/ROTATCopy move and rotate an object with one command
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OOFFSETOffset an object by distance
ROROTATERotate an object
SSTRETCHStretch an object
SCSCALEScale an object
TRTRIMTrim objects
XEXPLODEExplode single entity to component parts

TIP

  1. When a grip point is selected cycle through command options using keyboard spacebar – sequence STRETCH, MOVE, ROTATE, SCALE, MIRROR.
  2. Switch between Group and Ungroup using CTRL+H, yes H!!

OBJECT SELECTION (use with editing commands)

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
AnADDAdds each successive object, switches from remove
ALLALLAll objects on thawed layers
CPPOLYGONObjects touching or enclosed by selection polygon
CCROSSINGObjects touched or enclosed by window – Move right to
left
FFENCEObjects touch by single selection fence
GGROUPOpens object grouping dialogue – use with copy/move/etc
LLASTMost recently created visible object
PPREVIOUSMost recent selection set
RREMOVEObjects to remove from selection set
SNAPANGSNAPANGLEChange the snap angle from default 0°
WWINDOWObjects enclosed by window – Move left to right
WPWPOLYGONObjects within a window polygon

TIP

  1. Use SHIFT+LEFT MOUSE BUTTON to deselect an object.
  2. When a grip point is selected cycle through command options using keyboard spacebar – sequence STRETCH, MOVE, ROTATE, SCALE, MIRROR.
  3. Object Cycling – hold down the Control key while picking, AutoCAD will cycle through all the objects that fall under the pick box as you continue to pick. When the correct object is highlighted, simply hit Enter. You don’t need to continue to hold down the Control key after the first pick.

OBJECT SNAP –  OSNAP

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
F3OSNAPSwitches snap on/off
F9 or CTRL+BSNAPTurns snap on/off
F11 orOSNAP TRACKTurns object snap tracking on/off
CTRL+W
APPAPPARENT INTApparent intersection of 2 objects
CENCENofSnap to center point
DSDDOSNAPOpens drafting settings/object snap dialogue
ENDENDPOINTSnap to end of line etc
EXTEXTENSIONExtends lines beyond endpoint
FROFROMSnap to an offset distance from an object snap
INSINSERTIONSnap to insertion point of text or block
INTINTERSECTIONSnap to intersection of lines, circles, arcs
MIDMIDPOINTSnap to midpoint of line etc
MTPSnap midpoint between two points
NEANEARESTSnap near to an object
NODNODESnap to point node
NONNONETurns off object snap modes
PARPARALLELContinues a line parallel to existing
PERPERPENDICULARSnap to perpendicular of line etc
QUAQUADRANTSnap quadrant of circle, arc, ellipse
TANTANGENTSnap to tangent of circle, arc, ellipse
TKTRACKLocate points without drawing lines
TTTTTemporary tracking point

TIP

  1. Use TAB to cycle through Osnap points.
  2. SHIFT+RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON to reveal Osnap options

TEXT

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
%%CA+Diameter dimensioning symbol
%%D°Degrees symbol
%%OOVERSCOREToggles overscore mode on/off
%%P±Plus/minus symbol
%%UUNDERSCOREToggles underscore on/off
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DTDTEXTSingle line dynamic text – Justify/Align to fit within text
line
EDDDEDITEdit text
FINDFINDOpens find and replace dialogue box
JUSTIFYTEXTJUSTIFYTEXTChange the justification point without moving text
MIRRTEXTMIRRTEXTMirrtext 0 to turn off
SCALETEXTSCALETEXTScales text without moving the text insertion point
SPELLSPELLCHECKPerforms spellcheck – ALL checks all text in drawing
STSTYLEOpens text style dialogue box
T or MTMTEXTMultiline/paragraph text
TCIRCLETCIRCLEPlaces circle, slot, or rectangle around each selected text
object
TEXTDTEXTSingle line dynamic text
TEXTFITTEXTFITStretches/shrinks text by selecting new start and/or end
points
TORIENTTORIENTRotates text, mtext, and attribute definition objects
TXT2MTXTTXT2MTXTConverts DTEXT to MTEXT
WIPEOUTWIPEOUTMasks part of drawing for clarity

TIPS

  1. To fit or align text in a defined area use DTEXT and select JUSTIFY/ALIGN or FIT – very useful if text is enclosed by a rectangle/ circle/etc.

NOTES

  1. Text entered in paperspace is 1:1, e.g. 5mm high text will print 5mm high.

THREE DIMENSIONAL – 3D

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
3D3DCommand line 3D solid options
BOXBOXDraw a cube
CYLINDERCYLINDERDraw a cylinder
DDUCSDDUCSOpens ucs dialogue
DDUCSPDDUCSPOpens ucs dialogue at orthographic tab
EXTEXTRUDEExtrude a face
ININTERSECTIntersect an object
REVREVOLVERevolves an object about an axis
RRRENDEROpen render dialogue box
SESECTIONSection
SLSLICESlice a solid
SUSUBTRACTSubtract selection from solid
TORTORUSDraw torus shape
UCDDUCSDisplays UCS manager dialogue box
UCSUCSUCS command line options
UNIUNIONUnion solids
VPORTSVPORTSOpens viewport dialogue box
WEWEDGEDraw a wedge

UCS

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
OBOBJECTAlign UCS with an object, first select UCS
UCDDUCSDisplay UCS manager dialogue box
UCSUCSUniversal co-ordinate system options
UCSICONUCSICONChange the UCS icon appearance
WWORLDReturn to the WCS

VIEWPORTS

SHORTCUTCOMMANDCOMMENT
CTRL+RCycle through viewports
CTRL+PAGESwitch up between layout tabs
UP
CTRL+PAGESwitch down between layout tabs
DOWN
DVDVIEWPerspective view.
MSMSPACESwitch to model space in a viewport
MVMVIEWMake a viewport in paper space
PSPSPACESwitch to paper space from viewport
VPORTSVPORTSOpens viewports dialogue box
-VPORTS-VPORTSCreate a viewport using command line

TIP

  1. To prevent a viewport from editing right mouse click on the viewport and select DISPLAY LOCKED/YES

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