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Michael’s Corner - October/November 2014

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October is here and with it comes the one hundred and thirty sixth Michael's Corner. Who'd have thought that eleven years after I first got in touch with Michael, we'd still be going strong. To put that into some kind of context, Michael's Corner has been going longer than Facebook and Twitter! That's pretty amazing but our heritage here at CADTutor runs even further back than that. The origins of the CADTutor website can be traced back to 1996 and that must make us one of the longest running sites on the Web. But enough of nostalgia!

In this month's Corner, Michael takes a close look at AutoCAD 2015 and covers some of the interesting new functionality that may have passed under your radar. Have you tried the new Text Aligh command? If not, give it a go and try out one of Michael's great productivity tools into the bargain. In other articles, Michael takes a look at the new Block Ribbon Gallery and the Quick View Layout feature on drawing tabs; and if you'd like your Quick View Drawing feature back, Michael can help there too.

This month's Beginners' section is actually for everyone using AutoCAD 2015 and describes the ever-expanding family of Cursor Badges. If you don't know what they are or if you do know what they are and you'd like to get rid of them, Michael has the answer.

Have a great Fall/Autumn, make the most of this seasons festivals, and we'll be back again in December with the next dose of tips, tricks and insights.

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Command line in a window (F2)

The command line can be very useful, especially for beginners because AutoCAD often gives useful prompts which helps when learning how to use some of the more complicated commands. The command line is also used by AutoCAD to report information back to the user, but sometimes that information may run to several lines of text, and disappear from view. A good example of this is the Distance command (you can run this from the keyboard by typing DIST). The problem is that by default, the command line is only two lines high and so if you use the Distance command, you don't even see the distance reported to the command line.

One way round this problem is to increase the depth of the command line to show more lines but this takes up valuable drawing area. A better solution is to display the command window using the F2 key on the keyboard.

Command Line

As you can see above, the command window also allows you to scroll back through the command line so that you can review your recent drawing history.

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