AutoCAD® Commands

The BCOUNT Command

by Will on February 28, 2013

BCOUNT is a very simple and quick command for extracting information from your drawing, namely, a count of the number of blocks in your drawing, categorised by their type.

It’s really simple to use – just enter BCOUNT in the command more


Identifying System Variable Differences

by Will on February 25, 2013


I’ve often been in a situation where a certain command or entity seems to behave differently in one drawing compared to another. Things such as how drawing units are handled are controlled on a drawing by drawing basis, by saving more


AutoCAD® Groups

by Will on February 18, 2013

Blocks are very useful, and you might be tempted to ignore the existence of groups and just always use blocks instead. However, groups actually work differently to blocks, and in many cases it is actually more useful to use a more



by Will on February 13, 2013

As of AutoCAD® 2008, we have a new command for dealing with the layering properties of objects en-masse. The SETBYLAYER Command.

As you’d expect, this is used for setting properties to ByLayer (as they mostly should be). You might say that more


Export To AutoCAD

by Will on February 11, 2013

Hi everyone,

Quick tip for all of you using AutoCAD® verticals such as Civil 3D®. You’ll no doubt have noticed that if you open drawings created in an AutoCAD® vertical will have it’s native objects displayed as OLE objects in vanilla more

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The SOLID Command

by Will on February 4, 2013

Hatching is one of the easiest, least irritating, and straightforward commands in AutoCAD.


But there are quite a few other commands that can help with the little things – for example, it can be quite frustrating when all you want to more


The SAVEIMG Command

by Will on January 30, 2013

Taking a screenshot of your work is sometimes required, and while it’s not particularly difficult to just press the PrntScr (print screen) key and save it using whatever picture editor you use, there is another way. The SAVEIMG command essentially more


The DBLIST Command

by Will on January 28, 2013


Hi Everyone,

I have been meaning to do a post on the DBLIST command for a while now, and I just happened to find the perfect post on Ellen Finkelstein’s blog. Therefore this is a guest post from her:

Have you ever more


The XOPEN Command

by Will on January 24, 2013

A quick tip for today – the XOPEN command.

This command simply allows you to open an XREF, without needing to open the XREF menu, and without even needing to know the name of the reference you wish to open. Type more

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The UNDEFINE Command

by Will on January 20, 2013

There are many commands in AutoCAD®, and it is possible to create your own custom command shortcuts through either LISP or using acad.pgp (see my article on how to use acad.pgp).

But what if you wanted to remap an existing built more