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Edit the Command Alias File
Tip# 3502 By Dan Celia On 09-Oct-2010
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Software type : AutoCAD 2011
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Minimize the time wasted traversing the keyboard.

Technical Support Manager Dan Celia gives us this short tip that could save you lots of time in AutoCAD.

"Redo the Command Alias file to make it one-hand friendly — i.e., eliminate the need to hit keys on opposite ends of the keyboard."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:
This tip is short — very short — and that's the point. The goal of this tip is to minimize hand movement, which speeds up drawing time. Time is money, and the more quickly you can create your drawings, the sooner you get paid. If the Command Alias file has been edited so that all inputs are entered on one side of the keyboard, then you don't have to move your hand back and forth, nor do you have to remove your hand from the mouse to type with both hands.

It doesn't sound like a lot of time at first, but if it could save you one to two seconds per command, then that could add up. How many commands do you enter each day?


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Comment by Maeding,James
Posted on 2010-10-11 14:40:36
If oyu set ZZ as zoom previous, you can zoom in and out without typing diferent keys. Also, I prefer using an acaddoc.lsp file for key-ins so you can define key-ins for commands and lisp routine functions. If you make an acaddoc.lsp, put it in one of the support paths. or better yet, keep it and your lisps in a folder, and add that path to the top of your support paths. Typical key-in code for a comand in acaddoc.lsp might be: (DEFUN C:A () (PRINC " Draw Arc")(COMMAND "ARC") (PRINC)) then, for a lisp, would be: (DEFUN C:AA () (PRINCM " Add Areas")(LOAD "LABELAREA.lsp")(C:TOTAREA)(princ)) With ana acaddoc.lsp, you can put all your stuff in one place, and not have to manage an acad.pgp, plus other files. Just do not put anything in it you want to run transparently, like the plain zoom command.