Just below the drawing area is the Command window. This window is actually separate from the drawing area and behaves like a Windows window—that is, you can drag it to a different place on the screen and resize it, although I don’t recommend that you do this at first. If you currently have fewer than three lines of text in the window, you will need to increase the window’s vertical
Hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor up by approximately the amount that one or two lines of text would take up, and then release the mouse. You should see more lines of text, but you might have to try this a couple of times to display exactly three lines. When you close the program, the new settings will be saved, and the
The Command window is where you give information to AutoCAD and where AutoCAD prompts you for the next step in executing a command. It is a good practice to get into the habit of keeping an eye on the Command window as you work on your drawing. Most errors occur when you are not taking a look at it frequently.
Before you begin to draw, take a close look at the
In many cases, you can start AutoCAD commands in a number of ways: from drop-down menus, from the toolbars, and from the keyboard. When you get used to drawing with AutoCAD, you will learn some shortcuts that start commands quickly, and you will find the way that is most comfortable for you.
The menu bar, just below the title bar (see Figure 1.2 earlier in this chapter), consists of 11 words and an icon. Click any of these to display a drop-down menu. The icon on the left end and the File and Edit menus are included with all
Commands in the File menu are for opening and saving new and existing drawing files, printing, linking on the Internet, exporting files to another application, choosing basic utility options, and exiting the application. The Edit menu contains the Undo and Redo commands, the Cut and Paste tools, and options for creating links between AutoCAD files and other files. The Help menu (the last menu on the right) works like all Windows Help menus and contains a couple of AutoCAD-specific entries as well, including some online resources and a context-sensitive help feature called the Info Palette.
The other eight menus contain the most-
View Contains tools for controlling the display of your drawing file.
Contains commands for placing drawings and images or
Format Contains commands for setting up the general parameters for a new drawing.
Tools Contains special tools for use while you are working on the current drawing, such as those for finding the length of a line or for running a special macro.
Draw Contains commands for creating new objects (such as lines or circles) on the screen.
Dimension Contains commands for dimensioning a drawing.
Modify Contains commands for changing existing objects in the drawing.
Contains commands for displaying currently open windows and lists currently