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Michael’s Corner - August/September 2014

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Well it's the holiday (vacation) season and many of you will be taking your annual break. I hope you're having a great time doing whatever floats your boat. We don't expect post cards from all our readers but it's always nice to get a few. For those of you who have already taken your break or have yet to leave, this time of year is always a good opportunity to brush up on your digital skills while things are relatively quiet around the office and this month's Corner provides some great tips.

Michael has been exploring AutoCAD 2015 and explains how you can still use toolbars with this latest version despite the removal of the Toolbars option from the View tab on the Ribbon. In other articles, Michael shows us how to create a Field that displays the value of a system variable (more useful than you might imagine!) and how to assign object snap settings to a keyboard function key. For beginners, there's a useful technique for copying and rotating at the same time.

All-in-all a very useful bunch of tips and tricks to add to your armoury. We'll be back again in October with more helpful insights but in the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer.

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Auto-repeating Commands

Editing the Circle macro in the CUISometimes you need to repeat a command lots of times and it can be a bit tedious doing the usual Right-Click and Repeat… or even using the Enter (Return) key on the keyboard. It would be really useful if you could just keep a command auto-repeating until you hit the Escape (Esc) key. Well, you can. All you need to do is make a small change to the CUI.

For example, say you want to draw lots of circles and have the circle command auto-repeat so that you can just pick center, radius, center, radius etc. Here's what you do:

  1. Select ViewToolbars… from the pull-down menu to display the CUI dialogue box.
  2. In the "Customizations in All CUI Files" section, click on "Toolbars" and then "Draw" to reveal the Draw commands, and then click "Circle".
  3. The Properties area now changes to display the Circle button properties and under the "Macro" heading, you will see the macro used to start the Circle command. By default, this macro is: ^C^C_circle. To cause the Circle command to auto-repeat, simply add a "*" before the existing macro. Once edited, your macro should look like this: *^C^C_circle.
  4. Now click the "OK" button to save and return to the drawing.

Try the circle command and see what happens.

This technique can be used with most commands. For example, if you are doing a lot of dimensioning, you could auto-repeat the Linear Dimension command so that you can draw all your dimensions without breaking stride.

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