Tipster Mohammed Siraj shares a method to help you change your AutoCAD command aliases, which save a lot of time by shortening the number of keystrokes it takes to enter a command.
"To customize your AutoCAD commands, open your Windows file browser, go to Program files > Autodesk > AutoCAD 2010 > Express > alias.exe, and run the file. Click the Add button to create a new alias. Select any AutoCAD command, then type in the new alias in the Alias field. This will be your new AutoCAD shortcut key.
"Here are some examples of shortcut keys:
construction line = xx
copy = cc
Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton: AutoCAD keyboard command shortcuts, or command aliases, can be a big time saver. They shorten the number of keystrokes it takes to enter a command, and you don’t have to move your mouse all over the screen to invoke a tool.
There are several ways to edit these. If you go to the Manage tab in the ribbon, and click the Edit Aliases button in the customization panel, it will open the PGP file. This is where the command aliases are stored. You can make these changes and save the file. Once saved, type REINIT and reload the PGP file to make the changes active. This tip opens the alias file that comes with Express Tools. It does the same thing. You can also start this tool by going to the Express Tool ribbon tab and clicking the Command Aliases button in the Tools panel.