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Michael’s Corner - August/September 2015

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Welcome to a rather later than expected August/September edition of Michael's Corner. As is usual this time of year holidays and vacations tend to disrupt the usual flow of events. I hope you had a great break or are looking forward to the same. All I have to do now is sort through the hundreds of photos… or maybe I should just buy a new SD card.

Anyway, back to work, and this month's Corner includes the usual rich mix of smart tricks and efficiency savings. Want to speed up AutoCAD startup? We've got that covered. Want to learn all about AutoCAD 2016's new system variable monitor? We've got that covered too. In fact, if you look back through the archives at Michael's Corner, there's very little that hasn't been covered over the years. So if you do have an idle moment (I know!), do yourself a favour and browse through the last 12 years of this fantastic resource.

We'll be back with another Corner at the beginning of October. Until then, have a super-productive time at work and make sure you take that break you deserve (if you haven't already had one). Oh, and if you're a college or university student, listen carefully to your tutors and work hard, it pays off in the end!

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Tip of the Day

Tab through commands

This tip works begining with AutoCAD 2006:

Command TabAt the command line, type the first letter of the command you wish to start. Do not press Return (ENTER); instead, press the TAB key repeatedly and watch as AutoCAD runs through an alphabetical list of all commands, beginning with the letter you first typed. When the right command appears in the command line, press Return to start it.

This isn't a very efficient way to invoke a command but it's a great way of finding commands you never knew existed; try it yourself and you will discover that AutoCAD has a lot of commands…

Also, you can press SHIFT+TAB to walk back through the list.

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