The Command Line is available at the bottom of your AutoCAD screen, its' here. Can you see you've got Command, Command and then Command. That's the default setting. Anything above the separator line is previous and if you press the F2 key on your keyboard it'll bring up the AutoCAD Text Window and you can actually see there that I've been working in that drawing doing various things already. There's a SAVEAS, there's a QSAVE there as well. If I F2 that it disappears again. F2 is the toggle to extend that Text Window so that you can see more of the Command Line here. Anything below the separator, if I click, is your Current Command. So, for example, I could go down here and type in line, like so and press Enter. That will initiate, as I move into the Drawing area, the actual Line command and I can start drawing, like so. I'm not going to. I'm just going to hit Escape a few times and you can see there, as I hit Escape, Cancel appears on the Command Line, letting me know that I've cancelled that line command. And the Command Line is a throwback to the old DOS versions of AutoCAD that we had before Windows came along and in the old days you had to type in all your commands on the Command Line. Now the Command Line is more a way of checking your input as you draw. So to give you an example, let me just show you something. I'm going to draw a line. It doesn't matter what Layer it's on, and I'm going to trim that line as well. So I'm going to click on the Line command here and you'll notice, because I've got Dynamic Input switched on, which we'll cover later, you'll see that the Dynamic Input is prompting me, near the crosshair there, Specify first point. Read your Command Line. It's exactly the same. It's telling you that the Line command has been executed and it's asking you to specify the first point. So I'm going to select that Object Snap there, that Endpoint and just drag that line across, click anywhere like that and press Enter to finish. If I press Enter again, a little keyboard shortcut here, it'll immediately repeat the last command, which was the Line command. I'm going to draw another line, just click, drag, vertically through there and Enter. Now these two lines aren't going to stay on the drawing. These are just an example. I'm going to roll upwards on the wheel mouse so that we zoom in a bit. Now, let's have a look at this Command Line and see what it does. I'm going to utilize the Trim command. I'm going to trim this line here using this line here. Now the Trim command is located on the Modify Panel here on the Home tab in the 2D Drafting and Annotation Workspace, or your own Workspace that you based on the 2D Drafting and Annotation Workspace. What I'm going to do here is use the Trim command just there, see, there's Trim there on the Modify Panel. Click on Trim. Now read what it says on the Dynamic Input. It says: Select objects or select all. So you can select the objects to become your cutting edges or you can select all objects to become cutting edges by pressing Enter. Read the Command Line You get the Select objects or select all at the bottom there, but it also tells you on the Command Line: Select cutting edges. You can't see that on the Dynamic Input, so always, always, always check your Command Line. I select that line there as my cutting edge. I move away from it now, I can either right-click or press Enter, then I get the option to Trim. Notice it says that on the Command Line as well. Read the Command Line there. Can you see? It says: Select object to trim or shift-select to extend. That's what I've got on the Dynamic Input. Notice, as well, it gives me the sub-menu of Fence, Crossing, Project, Edge, eRase, Undo. If I right-click I also get those on the Shortcut Menu. We'll look at the Shortcut Menu in a bit more detail later. I don't need that. I'm just going to hit Escape once to lose the Shortcut Menu, I'm going to click on the end of the line there, that trims that line back. I press Enter to finish. As soon as I press Enter it closes the command. If you look at the Command Line the command prompt is now waiting for the next command down here on the Command Line. One more quick thing about the Command Line, you can click here, can you see the little dots there? Click and drag and you can bring the Command Line up on the screen. In my case, not very helpful. I haven't got that much screen real estate anyway, but if you were using, let's say, a dual head graphics card you could have your Command Window on one monitor, you could have your AutoCAD Window on another monitor and you could see both at the same time. I don't have that luxury. I'm working on the one screen on my laptop PC, so what I'll do is I'll just drag and drop this back down now to the bottom of the screen, so I've got to click and drag. What I'll do, just extend it a bit, make it a bit bigger so that I can actually click on that Title Bar there as I drag, can you see it goes into that ghost option like so, when it ghosts I release, drops it back to the bottom of the screen for me. So, that's your Command Line in AutoCAD 2011. Again, two things to remember. It's at the bottom of the screen, it can be docked or made floating, but the most important one to remember read your Command Line as you are drafting in AutoCAD. There may be times when the Dynamic Input does not represent exactly what's on the Command Line.
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