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Start MS Word from AutoCAD
Tip# 3691 By Samuel Lucido On 25-Jul-2011
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Categories : Load Applications
Software type : AutoCAD 2012
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Open Word, Excel, and other programs that you use in conjunction with AutoCAD.

Civil designer Sam Lucido provides us with a way to open other programs, such as Microsoft Word, from inside AutoCAD.

"Have you ever wanted to start Microsoft Word or Excel from AutoCAD? A simple and effective way to do this is by using the Alias Editor.

"Type AliasEdit at the Command line to bring up the Alias Editor. Click on the Shell Commands tab in the dialog box, then click Add. In the Edit Shell Command dialog box, type Word for Alias. For the command, type Start WinWord. Leave the flags at 1 and leave the prompt blank (you don't need one). Click OK and Apply. Next, type Word at the Command line, and AutoCAD will launch Microsoft Word. (Hint: You can do the same for Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.)"
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:
AutoCAD provides so many ways to customize it that it can be difficult to know what you can do. Alias commands are the keyboard shortcuts that we use every day — they save time. (One example is to type in L instead of Line on the Command line.) These aliases are also customizable using the AliasEdit command in this tip. It can also set up shell commands, which allow you to run programs outside of AutoCAD. In this case it allows you to start other programs, such as Microsoft Word. You can also create an alias to run Excel or other programs that you may use in conjunction with AutoCAD.


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Comment by saadallah,dean
Posted on 2011-07-25 20:47:09
LT users can have similar access to installed programs in Windows too, with a little macro in the screen menu or toolbar button using one of those hidden commands buried in the program: ^C^C_ai_startapp winword.exe ^P And there are many programs worth starting from inside AutoCAD and LT, like Windows Clipboard (clipbrd.exe), Notepad, Windows Explorer and more.
Comment by pee,gee
Posted on 2011-07-25 21:42:03
I prefer using the customizable/created MS Windows hot keys like [ctrl]+[alt]+w for MS Word & can create others for Excel, Notepad etc. Then these can be used anytime even when not in AutoCAD.
Comment by Hanby,Jill
Posted on 2011-08-04 10:25:48
I just hit the Word or Excel quick lauch button, lot faster for me. When I tried this process, I thought the program would open up inside of AutoCAD but it opened separately. Seem like a lot of work to me.