Posts Tagged ‘command line’

My Command Line is Missing!!

April 27, 2012

Some of you might have noticed that with the 2013 products, by default, the command line is floating.

I was teaching class this week and plugged my laptop into a projector that had a screen resolution lower than my initial setting.  When I booted up my Autodesk product, the command line was below the screen.  I couldn’t grab it to drag it back to a spot where I could see it.  I changed my screen resolution back to it’s original setting, and to no avail, the command line stayed where it was, out of the viewing area.


To get the command line back, type in CUI at the command line.  In the pane on the left side, click on your current workspace.  This will populate the pane on the right.  Expand Palettes, and click on Command Line.  This will populate the Properties pane just below.

Change the Orientation from Floating to your desired docked position (Above, Below, etc.).

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Click OK and your command line will be back.  You can then make it floating again by dragging it away from it’s docked position.

AutoCAD 2013 Command Line Enhancements

April 9, 2012

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.