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These tips will allow you to work more efficiently with the different components and aspects of the user interface of AutoCAD for Mac.
The RESETPALETTES command allows you to restore all palettes to their shipped size and location. The command forces you to restart AutoCAD for Mac to apply the changes.
Press the key combination Shift-Cmd-H to hide all open palettes with the HIDEPALETTES command. Press Shift-Cmd-H again to restore the palettes previously closed with the HIDEPALETTES command.
AutoCAD retains a history of the commands that you have most recently used. You can press Enter to repeat the most recently used command when no command is active, but if you right-click on the command line you can access more previously used commands.
The top of the shortcutmenu that is displayed when you right-click on the command line lists the 3 most recently used commands. On the shortcut menu, if you click More Commands, you have access to 10 more commands that you have recently used.
Ctrl-Click or right-click the AutoCAD icon in the Dock to create a New Drawing or open Recent Drawings.
These tips will allow you to navigate a drawing more efficently.
Press and hold the Spacebar to enable Pan mode. When Pan mode is enabled, move the cursor to control which direction to pan the drawing. If pressing and holding the Spacebar down does not enable Pan mode, make sure Enable Spacebar Hold to Pan is enabled on the General tab of the Application Preferences dialog box (OPTIONS command).
You can enable Orbit mode in a drawing while a command is active or not using Magic Mouse or the trackpad. To enter Orbit mode, press and hold Shift while doing one of the following:
You can also enter '3dorbit (or 'orbit) at the Command prompt while in a command to start the 3DORBIT command transparently.
These tips provide shortcuts and helpful hints on how to more efficently modify objects in a drawing.
You can copy the properties of one object to other objects using the MATCHPROP command.
You can change the layer an object is on by doing using the LAYMCH command. To use the LAYMCH command do the following:
Position the cursor over an object that overlaps another object, they must positioned directly over the top of each other and not just intersecting each other. Press Shift-Spacebar to cycle through the overlapping objects. When the object is highlighted that you want to select, click in the drawing area to select it.
These tips explain how to customize AutoCAD for Mac to be more productive in every day tasks.
Command aliases allow you to access your commands by entering one or more letters at the Command prompt instead of entering the commands full name or locating on the Tool Sets palette or menu bar. Command aliases are much faster than using the UI and are the same between AutoCAD and AutoCAD-based verticals on Windows and on the Mac. The following steps explain how to edit the command aliases in AutoCAD for Mac:
These tips will allow you to work more efficiently with AutoCAD for Mac, but do not fit into one of the core categories of tips.
You can access the AutoCAD for Mac PDFs on the Go by downloading them to your Desktop on your MacBook or to a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPod, or iPad. To sync the PDFs to an Apple device, you use iTunes and then view them with the iBooks app. To learn how to do this, see the article 'Taking the AutoCAD for Mac PDFs on the Go with iBooks' on Beyond the UI by Lee Ambrosius.
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