Command line CAD command line rules Learning how to use simple commands such as line and circle will introduce you to your CAD software's basic rules. These rules permeate the whole of CAD software operation and are therefore the basis of more complex commands. Note the use of "command" as CAD is, unlike most software, Command line driven. Next is understanding how to navigate around the Ribbon at the top of your screen. From a beginners view point, it simply isn't worth the effort. - Just use short cut keys instead Undoubtedly software these days has to have it's own good looking Ribbon mode to keep up appearances. Just that CAD has many more options than programs such as Word or Excel. To prove this to yourself, look for any small black arrows at the bottom right hand corner of icons on the Ribbon and click the black arrow. You will see a drop down box with many more icons. These icons are naturally hidden from view until you click the arrow. Also using the Ribbon for commands is one of the slowest methods of operating CAD software. Think Friday lunch time and you still have 6 hours of CAD drafting to do!
Try these common short cut keys instead. Ensure that your command line is clear by pushing escape key several times until you see that "command:" is blank Now in each case type the short cut letter or letters, on your keyboard and push the enter key.For now just push the escape key to exit the command. Try these example short cut keys:- L- LineC- CircleO - OffsetXL - Construction lineREC - Rectangle