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Quick switching between areas in model, ACAD 2008


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I learned a quick switch combination some time ago, and used it to great extent whilst creating drawings for my university projects. It's been some time since I had to work with AutoCAD however, and I've forgotten what exactly it was.


What it did was the following: Let's say I have 3 plans in 1 model. I would zoom in as I liked on plan 1, and save this viewpoint as 1, zoom in on the 2nd plan, save it as viewpoint 2, zoom in on the 3rd plan, and save it as 3. Now by using the same combination but with a different first function (I can't recall what were these functions) AutoCAD automatically zoomed in on the viewpoint specified by either 1,2 or 3.


I'm pretty good with the keyboard and prefer to use it instead of navigating my way with the mouse, that's why I found this method to be convenient. Has anyone used this method and remembers the combination of functions to pull it off? If so I would be thankful if you could share it. I tried to google search it, that's how I found it in the first place, but I couldn't find it anymore, unfortunately.


Hope somebody can help!

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I have LISPs set up V1, V2, etc. sets my views, and RV1, RV2, etc. recalls them it is very simple.. Give this a try.

(DEFUN C:V2 ()
 (PRINC)(PRINC "View 2 set!")(princ))
 (COMMAND "VIEW" "R" "2")
 (PRINC)(PRINC "View 2 Restored!"))

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^^^ JPlanera beat me to it, see above for the lisp solution

The command is VIEW. If you use -VIEW you will get the command line, then you type S for save, type a number or letter. Now when you want to move to another named view you use -VIEW enter R enter 1 enter. If you set up some custom buttons or set a simple lisp command then you can simply pick the button to move to View 2, etc. or type V2 to move to view 2.

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I think it was something a bit different. One had to Save the views (ex. - V1, V2, V3, etc.) then one would Restore a view. That's where the "R" came in.


I'm guessing no matter what drawing you are working on you would consistently use the same default names when saving views right? Ex. - View1, View2, View3, etc.

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Found this.....


F1 displays help

F2 displays text window

F3 switches object snaps

F4 toggles table mode

F5 toggles isometric planes

F6 toggles DUCS (switches coordinate display, till A2006)

F7 toggles grid display

F8 toggles ortho mode

F9 toggles snap

F10 toggles polar tracing

F11 toggles object tracing

F12 toggles dynamic input (2006+)


ESC cancel changes, cancel grips

TAB cycles osnaps

SHIFT (on object selection) removes objects

DEL erases objects (hold when pointing)


Ctrl+0 toggles clean-screen mode (2004+)

Ctrl+1 displays Properties window

Ctrl+2 displays DesignCenter window

Ctrl+3 displays Tool palette (2004+)

Ctrl+4 displays Sheet Set Manager, or Content Manager (2005+, ADT2004)

Ctrl+5 displays Info Palette, or Project Navigator (2005-2007, ADT2004)

Ctrl+6 displays dBConnect window

Ctrl+7 displays Markup Manager (2005)

Ctrl+8 displays Quick Calculator (2006+)

Ctrl+9 shows/hides Command line (2006+)


Ctrl+A selects all thawed objects (2002)

Ctrl+Shift+A toggles group selection (group/single)

Ctrl+B toggles snap

Ctrl+C copies content to Clipboard

Ctrl+Shift+C copies with reference point

Ctrl+D toggles coordinates display (dynamic UCS, till 2009)

Ctrl+E switches isoplanes

Ctrl+F toggles osnaps

Ctrl+G toggles grid display

Ctrl+H toggles Pickstyle (group and hatch selection)

Ctrl+Shift+H toggles Palettes display (2009+)

Ctrl+I toggles coordinate display (2009+)

Ctrl+J repeats the last command (Enter)

Ctrl+K displays the Hyperlink dialog

Ctrl+L toggles Ortho mode

Ctrl+N starts new drawing

Ctrl+O opens a drawing

Ctrl+P print a drawing

Ctrl+Shift+P toggles Quick Properties display (2009+)

Ctrl+Q quits AutoCAD (2004+)

Ctrl+R switches to the next viewport

Ctrl+S saves drawing

Ctrl+Shift+S saves drawing as (2004+)

Ctrl+T toggles the Tablet mode

Ctrl+U switches polar tracing

Ctrl+V pastes the Clipboard contents

Ctrl+Shift+V pastes contents as block

Ctrl+W toggles object tracing

Ctrl+X cuts contents to the Clipboard

Ctrl+Y redoes the undone action

Ctrl+Z undoes the last action

Ctrl+PgDn switches to the next layout (2004+)

Ctrl+PgUp switches to the previous layout (2004+)



Alt+F8 VBA macros

Alt+F11 VBA editor


temporary override keys (2006+):

Shift switches ortho mode

Shift+- switches dynamic UCS mode (2007+)

Shift+) switches object tracing mode (2007+)

Shift+. switches polar mode

Shift+A switches osnaps

Shift+E switches endpoint osnap

Shift+C switches center osnap

Shift+D disables osnaps and tracing

Shift+M switches middle osnap

Shift+Q switches object tracing osnap

Shift+S enables osnap override

Shift+W starts SteeringWheel (A2009+)

Shift+X switches polar tracing


CTRL+mouse cycles selection of overlapping objects (till 2006)

Shift+space cycles selection of overlapping objects in 2D (2007+)

CTRL+space cycles selection of overlapping sub-objects in 3D (2007+)

CTRL+ALT extrudes the selected region into 3D - PRESSPULL (2007+)

CTRL+arrow moves cursor

Arrow up/down - command history


CTRL+SHIFT+letter goes to the property in the Properties window

ALT+down arrow opens a list in the Properties window

ALT+up arrow closes a list in the Properties window

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It's either use a lisp routine or a series of macros (depends on how many views you typically work with). The only way I can think of doing this at the keyboard is to set up some new keyboard shortcuts in the CUI.

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The -VIEW is it. I used to do -v,s,1, enter, and then -v,r,1 enter. I guess that's where the 'r' came in. Thanks alot! :)


Yea thats cool... If you like to hit 'enter' a bunch of times... :P

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Sounds like a macro in the making.


How about using the Macro Recorder? 2008 has that feature doesn't it? Create a macro then play it back.

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