AutoCAD 2013 Command Line Enhancements

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With the addition of Dynamic Input back in AutoCAD 2006, many people thought the end of the AutoCAD command line was imminent. Well, don’t ever say Autodesk has forgotten about us long time users, because the command line is still around and was totally overhauled for AutoCAD 2013. So what’s new?

  1. By default, the command line is floating single line. History lines show up only when needed as shown below. Note the dark grey lines above the main command line in the image below.
  2. Click on the wrench icon to access all of the new command line settings including the options for AutoComplete.
  3. Notice the shaded blue options in the image below. Now, you can use the mouse to click on these options.
  4. When no command is active, you can click on the drop down arrow as shown, to access the list of recent commands. (It is shown here with a command active only for an example)
  5. There are many more options for command line colors now. The colors for command line history, active prompt, temporary prompt, and command options can all be configured individually.
  6. The F2 key still opens the command line history, but when the command line is undocked, the history is displayed as part of the command line, not a separate window.

So there you go, that is what is new with the AutoCAD 2013 command line.

What’s that? You don’t like change? No problem, the command line can still be docked and when it is, it looks and behaves almost exactly as it did in previous releases. But give the new features a chance before making up your mind. You might be surprised.

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