There are many AutoCAD Commands Shortcut Key used in AutoCAD software. In this article, all-important commands, AutoCAD shortcut keys that can help and save the time of AutoCAD users are mentioned.
i) Control Keys
- Ctrl+n New Drawing
- Ctrl+s Save drawing
- Ctrl+o Open drawing
- Ctrl+p Plot dialog box
- Ctrl+Tab Switch to next
- Ctrl+Shift+Tab Switch to the previous drawing
- Ctrl+Page Up Switch to the previous tab in the current drawing
- Ctrl+Page Down Switch to next tabin current drawing
- Ctrl+q Exit
- Ctrl+a Select all objects
- Ctrl+c Copy object
- Ctrl+x Cut object
- Ctrl+v Paste object
- Ctrl+Shift+c Copy to the clipboard with a base point
- Ctrl+z Undo last action
- Ctrl+y Redo last action
- Ctrl+[ Cancel current command (or ctrl+\)
- Ctrl+0 Clean Screen
- Ctrl+1 Property Palette
- Ctrl+2 Design Center Palette
- Ctrl+3 Tool Palette
- Ctrl+4 Sheet Set Palette
- Ctrl+6 DBConnect Manager
- Ctrl+7 Markup Set Manager Palette
- Ctrl+8 Quick Calc
- Ctrl+9 Command Line
- ESC Cancel current command
ii) Toggle General Features
- Ctrl+d Toggle coordinate display
- Ctrl+g Toggle Grid
- Ctrl+e Cycle isometric planes
- Ctrl+f Toggle running object snaps
- Ctrl+h Toggle Pick Style
- Ctrl+Shift+h Toggle Hide pallets
- Ctrl+i Toggle Coords
- Ctrl+Shift+i Toggle Infer Constraints
iii) Function Keys
- F1 Display Help
- F2 Toggle text screen
- F3 Toggle object snap mode
- F4 Toggle 3DOsnap
- F5 Toggle Isoplane
- F6 Toggle Dynamic UCS
- F7 Toggle grid mode
- F8 Toggle ortho mode
- F9 Toggle snap mode
- F10 Toggle polar mode
- F11 Toggle object snap tracking
- F12 Toggle dynamic input mode
Basic AutoCAD shortcut keys
A – ARC / Creates an arc.
AA – AREA / Calculates the area and perimeter of objects or of defined areas.
ADC- ADCENTER / Manages and inserts content such as blocks, and hatch patterns.
AL ALIGN / Aligns objects with other objects
AR ARRAY / Creates multiple copies of objects in a pattern.
ARR ACTRECORD / Starts the Action Recorder.
ATI ATTIPEDIT / Changes the textual content of an attribute within a block.
B BLOCK / Creates a block definition from selected objects.
BH HATCH / Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient fill.
BO BOUNDARY / Creates a region or a polyline from an enclosed area.
BR BREAK / Breaks the selected object between two points.
C CIRCLE / Creates a circle.
CAM CAMERA / Sets a camera and target location to create and save a 3D perspective view of objects.
CH PROPERTIES / Controls properties of existing objects.
CLI COMMANDLINE / Displays the Command Line window.
COL COLOR / Sets the color for new objects.
CO COPY / Copies objects a specified distance in a specified direction.
CT CTABLESTYLE / Sets the name of the current table style.
D DIMSTYLE / Creates and modifies dimension styles.
DS DSETTINGS / Sets grid and snap, polar and object snap tracking, object snap modes, Dynamic Input, and Quick Properties.
DT TEXT / Creates a single-line text object.
E ERASE / Removes objects from a drawing.
ED DDEDIT / Edits single-line text, dimension text, attribute definitions, and feature control frames.
EL ELLIPSE / Creates an ellipse or an elliptical arc.
EPDF EXPORT PDF / Exports drawing to PDF.
EXIT QUIT / Exit the program.
EXP EXPORT / Saves the objects in a drawing to a different file format.
EXT EXTRUDE / Extends the dimensions of a 2D object or 3D face into 3D space.
F FILLET / Rounds and fillets the edges of objects.
G GROUP / Creates and manages saved sets of objects called groups.
H HATCH / Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient fill.
HE HATCHEDIT / Modifies an existing hatch or fill.
I INSERT / Inserts a block or drawing into the current drawing.
IMP IMPORT / Imports files of different formats into the current drawing.
IN INTERSECT / Creates a 3D solid, surface, or 2D region from overlapping solids, surfaces, or regions.
J JOIN / Joins similar objects to form a single, unbroken object.
L LINE / Creates straight line segments.
LA LAYER / Manages layers and layer properties.
LAS LAYERSTATE / Save restores and manages named layer states.
LEN LENGTHEN / Changes the length of objects and the included angle of arcs.
LI LIST / Displays property data for selected objects.
LO LAYOUT / Creates and modifies drawing layout tabs.
LT LINETYPE / Loads, sets, and modifies line types.
LTS LTSCALE / Changes the scale factor of line types for all objects in a drawing.
LW LWEIGHT / Sets the current line weight, line weight display options, and line weight units.
M MOVE / Moves objects a specified distance in a specified direction.
ME MEASURE / Creates point objects or blocks at measured intervals along the length or perimeter of an object.
MEA MEASUREGEOM / Measures the distance, radius, angle, area, and volume of selected objects or sequence of points.
MI MIRROR / Creates a mirrored copy of selected objects.
ML MLINE / Creates multiple parallel lines.
MLA MLEADERALIGN / Aligns and spaces selected multileader objects.
O OFFSET / Creates concentric circles, parallel lines, and parallel curves.
OP OPTIONS / Customizes the program settings.
OS OSNAP / Sets running object snap modes.
PA PASTESPEC / Pastes objects from the clipboard into the current drawing and controls the format of the data.
PL PLINE / Creates a 2D polyline.
PO POINT / Creates a point object.
PRE PREVIEW / Displays the drawing as it will be plotted.
PRINT PLOT / Plots a drawing to a plotter, printer, or file.
PU PURGE / Removes unused items, such as block definitions and layers, from the drawing.
PYR PYRAMID / Creates a 3D solid pyramid.
QC QUICKCALC / Opens the QuickCalc calculator.
QCUI QUICKCUI / Displays the Customize User Interface Editor in a collapsed state.
QP QUICKPROPERTIES / Displays open drawings and layouts in a drawing in preview images.
QSAVE QSAVE / Saves the current drawing.
QVD QVDRAWING / Displays open drawings and layouts in a drawing using preview images.
QVDC QVDRAWINGCLOSE / Closes preview images of open drawings and layouts in a drawing.
R REDRAW / Refreshes the display in the current viewport.
S STRETCH / Stretches objects crossed by a selection window or polygon.
SC SCALE / Enlarges or reduces selected objects, keeping the proportions of the object the same after scaling.
SCR SCRIPT / Executes a sequence of commands from a script file.
SEC SECTION / Uses the intersection of a plane and solids, surfaces, or mesh to create a region.
STA STANDARDS / Manages the association of standards files with drawings.
T MTEXT / Creates a multiline text object.
TB TABLE / Creates an empty table object.
TEDIT TEXTEDIT / Edits a dimensional constraint, dimension, or text object.
TI TILEMODE / Controls whether paper space can be accessed.
TO TOOLBAR / Displays, hides, and customizes toolbars.
TR TRIM / Trims objects to meet the edges of other objects.
UN UNITS / Controls coordinate and angle display formats and precision.
V VIEW / Saves and restores named views, camera views, layout views, and preset views.
W WBLOCK / Writes objects or a block to a new drawing file.
XL XLINE / Creates a line of infinite length.
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