Remember DOS? MS-DOS? Some CAD users have never been schooled in how to use this basic set of functions.
For example: Want a quick list of your drawing names? Create a new text file and type in DIR *.D?? /ON/B >> _DWGLIST.TXT and save it as _DWGLIST.BAT. Save a copy of the file in the directory where the drawings reside, and then double-click on it. The file _DWGLIST.TXT is created with a list of drawing names.
DOS wildcards are * for any number of characters and ? for any single character. For a complete list of DOS functions in Windows 7, go to Start, click Run, type CMD in the dialog window, and press Enter. A (Command) window will open; type Help at the prompt, and press Enter.
Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer R.K. McSwain: Robert's tip about creating a list of files is only one of many powerful things quickly acheivable with the Windows command prompt, still referred to by some as a DOS window. The Findstr command is another powerful one that can search entire drives for files containing a certain text string. Most commands offer help by typing in the command name followed by /? and then pressing Enter.
Remember, this applies to the Windows Command Prompt, not the AutoCAD command line.