Ditch dialog boxes with the command-line form of commands
Did you know that many commands have a variation that lets you execute them solely on the command line? This technique is great for creating script files and AutoLISP routines. For example, you can write a script file to plot your drawings.
The secret is to put a hyphen (-) before the command name. Here’s a list of some common commands that have command-line versions:
For example, here’s what you see when you type -layer on the command line:
Lots of options!
In some cases, the command-line form is a different command or you can use a system variable. For example, instead of using the PROPERTIES command, which opens the properties palette, you can use the CHPROP command. Or you could focus on a specific property with the -COLOR, -LAYER, CELTSCALE, or other command or system variable.
You can see how creating a script file for some of these commands would be useful for automating repetitive tasks. For example, you can create and change layers using the -LAYER command.
How do you use the command-line form of commands in your work? Leave a comment!
Ellen Finkelstein is the author of the best-selling AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT Bible, which started with R14. Ellen has written extensively on AutoCAD, including articles for Autodesk’s website and features for AutoCAD’s Help system. Ellen’s first book was AutoCAD For Dummies Quick Reference.
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AutoCAD File Dialog Box is Missing
Have you ever lost your AutoCAD open dialog box? When you save or open a drawing, you don’t get the file dialog box, only this question at dynamic input or command line:
I had this question several times. I never experience this, but it looks like this is a common issue. I found many similar thread in some AutoCAD forum. This thread is an example.
When AutoCAD ask us to open a file, either DWG file or other file type, we should see dialog box similar to this.
Enter name of drawing to open <.>: plan.dwg
Some of them said that the dialog box is missing after their computer hang or freeze. I suspect they were running some LISP or program when it happened. Or cancel poorly written LISP without error trapping.
Somehow, an AutoCAD system variable has changed. To restore it is easy.
Type FILEDIA then [enter].Enter 1 as new value, then [enter].
About Edwin Prakoso
I work as a Sr. Technical Consultant in Tech Data Advanced Solutions Indonesia. I've been using AutoCAD since R14 and Revit since Revit Building 9. I occasionally write for AUGIWorld magazine and also active in Autodesk discussion forum.
I'm an Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) for Revit Architecture and AutoCAD. I'm also a member of Autodesk Expert Elite, appreciation for individuals who give contribution to Autodesk community.
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Filed Under: AutoCADTagged With: AutoCAD, command line, open dialog boxSours: https://www.cad-notes.com/file-dialog-box-is-missing/
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Missing Dialog Boxes got you down? via Beside the Cursor
Autodesk Knowledge Base:
ID: TS37941 - Options display on the command line when starting a new drawing
ID: TS44816 - Save or Save As dialog box is not displayed
ID: TS65989 - Commands only work from the command line (no dialog boxes are displayed)
Open new drawing
Open Dialog Box not displayed
Open File Dialog Box
Can't open drawings
NEW and OPEN dialog box won't display
Lost "Last file opened path"
can't open file from pull down menu
Strange behavior on File Open and File Save
File menu not behaving
can't use open drawing function
Lost File/Open File/Save Dialog Box on Autocad 2000i
enter name of drawing to open <.>:
Select File AWOL
SaveAs dialog box
dialog boxes missing
SaveAs appears on the command line
Open file Dialogue Box does not open
Missing Open dialog box
Open command does not bring up dialog box
SaveAs does not display a dialog box
Open dialog box missing in action!
Drawings open from command line not dialog box
SaveAs command does not display a dialog box
Window not appearing for Opening and Saving commands
Dialog boxes not showing up
Open does not display a dialog box, instead prompts at the command line
Unable to Open DWG files from the Dialog Box
Open dialog box no longer displays
Command dialog boxes no longer open
Bring back New and SaveAs dialog boxesSours: https://forums.augi.com/
Many of our dialog boxes use OpenDCL, which will attempt to place them in their previous locations. So, for example, the last position of a dialog box may have been off to the left, where an additional monitor used to be, or in a location that is no longer recognized.
If you normally use multiple monitors but have removed or unplugged one, the dialog box may be locked in position to the left or right, outside the view of your remaining monitor.
Step 1: Using multiple monitors? Try this first.
Not using multiple monitors? Skip to Step 2.
1A. Shut down AutoCAD or F/X CAD.
1B.Open the Registry Editor t locate the Dialogs folder using the path below.:
You will see specific numbers in the places of the # signs, depending on your CAD installation.
Within that path, delete the key for the dialog box you're trying to access. For example, if you attempted to open our Spot Elevation tool, delete the key designfx/spotelevation.
How to delete keys >
If you're not sure which key to delete, yo're welcome to delete all folders beginning with designfx/, which will not harm anything. Any and all folders you delete will be re-created when you restart CAD.
1C. Open CAD.
Still not seeing the window or dialog box for the tool you tried to open? Move on to Step 2.
Step 2: Cascading windows
Right-click on the blank portion of the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. Select Cascade Windows from the menu that opens.
You should now see all your open windows cascaded together, as pictured below. Click your AutoCAD or F/X CAD window.
If you've been trying to locate the dialog box for a specific tool, select that tool. You should now be able to see the dialog box.
Can't see your AutoCAD window or the dialog box you're looking for? Move on to Step 3.
Step 3: Alt-Tab to the window or dialog box
If you still can't see the dialog box you're looking for, hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and press the Tab until you see the correct window (for example, your AutoCAD window). Then let go of both keys.
If you're trying to see an open dialog box, you can now press the Alt+Space keys. Then press the M key. You can now use the arrow keys to move the dialog box to within your view. For example, if you've unplugged or moved your left monitor and you think the dialog box is still off to the left, use the right arrow key to move the dialog box to the right until it's within your view.
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How To Open The Drafting Settings Dialog Box In AutoCAD 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
While making the drawing in AutoCAD, we always need to modified drafting settings to make drawing easier. Some of the settings, you may find under Drafting settings dialog box as shown in pic-1. Users can modify drafting settings such as Snap & Grid, Polar Tracking, Objects Snap, 3D Object Snap, Dynamic Input, Quick Properties & Selection Cycling. These all drafting settings can be modified under drafting settings dialog box. To modify drafting setting, users need to open drafting setting dialog box.
Three ways to open Drafting settings dialog box in AutoCAD.
1. Type OS in the command line & press Enter to open drafting settings dialog box as shown in pic-2.
2. Go to Tools, select Drafting Settings as shown in pic-3
3. You may also type DSSETTING / DS in the command line & press Enter for drafting settings dialog box as shown in pic-4.
Users may also watch below video for the guide, how to open drafting settings dialog box in AutoCAD.
AutoCAD Options Dialog Box Explained: Part One
The Options dialog box is the “guts” of AutoCAD. I always tell users (and IT folks who don’t understand CAD) that AutoCAD is not like any other software application. AutoCAD contains thousands of variables, settings, toggles, and so much more that control many aspects of daily drafting and your CAD environment.
In this two-part series, we will explain what the Options dialog box is, what it controls, and some real-world examples of what to set and where for complete control of your CAD environment.
The Options Dialog Box
So, what is the Options dialog box? The Options dialog box allows you to control your AutoCAD profile and some drawing variables. An AutoCAD profile is your CAD environment, stored in your Windows registry.
To open the Options dialog box, type OP in the command line, or right-click in space (without anything selected), and choose Options from the right-click shortcut menu.
The AutoCAD Options dialog box contains 10 tabs, and is organized into categories to aid you in finding a setting.
Let’s briefly explain what each tab does. Then we’ll delve into each one and make some recommendations pf those you should be aware.
The Files tab is probably the most important one for standardizing the environment in your organization. All file locations are defined here, including AutoCAD templates, plot styles, sheet set files, and more.
The Display tab is where you control the elements of the AutoCAD window, layout (paper space) settings, size of your crosshair, and reference fading.
Open and Save Tab
The Open and Save tab controls many file operations such as the frequency for auto-saving and the number of files to display in the Application menu.
Plot and Publish Tab
The Plot and Publish tab controls, well, you guessed it, settings related to plotting and publishing.
The System tab contains settings for security, graphics performance, security, and so on.
User Preferences Tab
User Preferences tab is where you can customize the way you “right-click,” define the Block Editor settings, set the default scale list, and control Undo and Redo settings.
In the Drafting tab, you can change anything related to drafting. This includes the size of your snap icon, OSNAP options, tooltip settings, etc.
3D Modeling Tab
The 3D Modeling tab contains all settings as they relate to doing AutoCAD 3D design. There are settings for navigating in 3D, ViewCube settings, and controlling the display of 3D objects such as AutoCAD solids and surfaces.
The Selection tab controls how you want AutoCAD to react to selecting objects. This varies from how big you want your grips to display, to limiting the display of objects in the Properties palette, to many other settings including how you actually want to select objects in AutoCAD.
The last tab in the Options dialog box is the Profiles tab. This tab is basically the conglomeration of all the other tabs in that everything in those tabs is stored in an AutoCAD profile. You can have as many AutoCAD profiles as you like, but you will most probably only need to work with a couple.
Basic Tips for Working in the Options Dialog Box
What I want to talk about before leaving you is how to navigate the Options dialog box and what to look for while navigating it.
The first thing to mention is that almost all of the settings, toggles, fields, etc., will have a tooltip that appears if you give it a second-upon hovering. This tooltip aides you in understanding what the setting does as well as a cool little feature.
Notice here that I am hovering over the cursor size bar and a tooltip has appeared. This tooltip is not only explaining what this setting does, but also the corresponding drawing or system variable that controls this setting.
What’s great about this feature is that if you are a CAD manager trying to automate certain settings, you can see the variable that is associated with it here and run a startup SCRIPT or LISP routine to automate it. That said, some settings do not have a corresponding variable and will only display a tooltip.
Lastly, one of the questions I always get asked is why a variable or setting didn’t “stick” when the next drawing is opened up. In the Options dialog box, when you change something, the majority of the settings are system settings. What this means is that when you open another file, the setting is persistent for all drawings. That said, there are some settings that are drawing specific. To see which of these settings is drawing dependent the Options dialog box contains a drawing icon next to the setting.
Here I am hovering over the XEDIT system variable. You will notice to the left of this toggle there is an AutoCAD drawing icon. This lets you know that this is a per drawing setting.
This article has introduced you to the Options dialog box. In my next article, I will delve into specific settings that are really useful to know, can save you time, and make your daily life easier with drafting.
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