Six useful AutoCAD command line tips

AutoCAD command line may look very insignificant to new users but it’s rather very useful tool and it can increase your productivity in many ways. Here I will introduce you to some of the features of the command line that can increase your overall productivity with the software.

Customizing size of the command line:

Command line is an AutoCAD palette and you can change its size by expanding it using your cursor, you can also move this command line by holding top left corner with the cursor.

By default, two lines are visible above command line which shows recently entered commands you can expand or collapse its size to show more or less number of lines in the command history.

default autocad 2015 command line

Hiding and bringing back command line:

Sometimes users accidentally turn off command line and then it becomes annoying to find no option for bringing it back. You can use CTRL+9 shortcut key combination to toggle the visibility of command line.

Looking at command history:

On pressing the F2 key a pop-up will appear above command line with a list of all recently used commands and inputs. To insert a command from this list highlight it and then right-click a contextual menu will appear select Paste to Command line from this menu.

You can also use UP and DOWN arrow key to toggle previously used commands when the desired command appears on command line press enter to select it.

Turning on/off command auto-complete:

Starting from AutoCAD 2012 there is an auto-complete feature added to AutoCAD. When you type a command you will see a list of suggested commands starting with the letters as you type it and this list becomes more and more specific as you enter more letters on the command line.

This feature can be great for finding the correct command but if you find this annoying then you can turn it off also.

For turning auto-complete off type INPUTSEARCHOPTIONS on the command line and uncheck the radio button in the Auto-complete panel as shown in the image below.

Six useful AutoCAD command-line tips

Searching and using named objects:

You can use the command line to search named objects like blocks, layer, dimension style etc directly without looking for them at the respective place.

Let’s assume that we have a drawing with a layer named DOOR and a block named DOOR so if you type DOOR in the command line you will see that AutoCAD will suggest you two options one for block and other for layer DOOR.

Six useful AutoCAD command-line tips

Selecting any named object from the command line will make it the current object for the drawing. For example on selecting DOOR layer from these options, it will become the current layer.

If you want to turn off this search feature then uncheck the “Search content at command line” radio button from input search options window as mentioned in the tip above.

Autocorrecting spelling mistakes in command:

If you are the one who makes frequent spelling mistakes of command then this feature is for you.

Go to Customization panel of Manage tab and select Edit AutoCorrect list from Edit Aliases drop-down menu of Customization panel. A PGP file will open with notepad and you can enter your own misspellings in it.

Six useful AutoCAD command-line tips

For example, let’s assume you make a frequent spelling mistake of typing LAYER as LEAR then you can enter this misspelling in the PGP file so that even when you enter misspelling it will enter correct spelling.

The incorrect spelling should be entered first followed by a comma and then the correct spelling prefixed with asterisk, here is an example LEAR, *LAYER

Here the first spelling is incorrect and second is correct one. Once you have entered misspellings save PGP file and exit it. You may need to restart session of AutoCAD after applying these settings.

Which of the above tips do you find most useful? let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Anonymous 2 October 26, 2018 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Hi Jaiprakash,

    I just subscribed to this website. I think it is very interesting. How knowledgeable are you in Auto CAD MEP Electrical portion of it? Thanks

  2. niru October 25, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply


    First of all thank you for valuable stuffs you sharing with us. I am facing a problem in Autocad when I plot a layout in monochrome plot style to get black & white PDF I found some hatch area still showing color since I changed all colors(including hatch color) to black. Appreciate your answer. Thank you

  3. SYED GHOUSEUDDIN December 1, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply



    • Jaiprakash Pandey December 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      You can type whatever you want in the multileader text, it should not be an issue in any version of AutoCAD.

  4. uzair March 24, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Hi JP

    I want to use find command in layout / paper space. if I search any number in PS automatic it switch to MS.
    please solve this issue. Thanks

    • Jaiprakash Pandey March 25, 2016 at 1:42 am - Reply

      I used it in PS and it seem to be working fine, which AutoCAD version are you using Uzair?

  5. satyaluash December 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Hi sir,

    Is gear teeth can be drawn in isometric, not in modelling

    • Jaiprakash Pandey December 14, 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Yes you can make it in isometric but it will be more difficult for you, I suggest you to make it in 3D modelling workspace.

  6. Anonymous November 1, 2015 at 6:02 am - Reply

    I prefer my command line short and transparent and undocked near the bottom of the screen as I seldom need to see it. I use keyboard shortcuts, recent command list and icons, mostly.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey November 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Its what most CAD veterans prefer, Thanks for your input

  7. Anonymous October 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks very helpful tips.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey October 29, 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      Welcome 🙂

  8. Syed Ashraf October 29, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Pandey saab, Most of your tips are very useful for new users and veterans .

    • Jaiprakash Pandey October 29, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Syed

  9. Daboner.F.O October 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I find #5 to be the most useful. To be honest I wasn’t aware of these command line tips until now, thank you.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey October 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Welcome Daboner, Search feature in command line is like having AutoCAD’s own search engine for named objects

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