Beginning 15 quick shortcuts in AutoCAD| updated 2020

Welcome back to this beginners tutorial on 15 quick shortcuts in AutoCAD. The purpose of learning these shortcuts in AutoCAD is to greatly speed up your drawing so let's jump right in.


1. The first shortcut is "L" for Line. You type "L" into your keyboard and hit "enter" and then it brings up the line function.

2. The second shortcut is "PL" for Polyline. I type in "PL" hit "Enter" and then I can simply draw a polyline, connect it up to the last point hit escape. And then if I hover my mouse over it you'll see this one object. That's "PL" for "polyline".

3. The third shortcut is "C" for circle. Type "C", hit enter and it will allow me to draw a circle. Now I can drag that out and I can click or I can highlight in the box what measurement I'd like it to be. So then say I want it to be 300 type in 300 "enter'. There you go there's a circle - "C" for circle.

4. The fourth shortcut is "REC" for rectangle. Type in “REC” hit enters and then I can draw my rectangle or alternatively I can specify the sizes in the command box. Go ahead and hit enter. That's "REC" for a rectangle.

5. The Fifth shortcut is "POL" for Polygon. I'm going to type "Pol", "Enter", and then it's going to ask me a series of questions either in the command bar below or the box adjacent to my cursor. So the first question is how many sides do I want? I'm going to say 4. Hit "Enter". Then it's going to specify the centre of the Polygon. Now, you can specify that on-screen or you can just go ahead and click on the screen. And then it will ask me whether I want to inscribe it in a circle or circumscribe around a circle. I'm going to hit enter and then specify the radius. You can do that on-screen or you can drag your mouse out like so and then click. And that's polygon "POL" for the polygon.

6. The next shortcut that I'm going to show you is "ARC" for Arc. "ARC" hit "Enter". You draw the two points and then you curve the angle that you would like to choose. Click on the screen. That's "ARC" for Arc.

7. The seventh shortcut is "ELLIPSE". That's "ELLIPSE", "Enter". Then I can either type in the axis that I'd like to specify or I can click on the screen, draw the points and then it will draw the ellipse whether I'd drag my mouse like that. "ELLIPSE" for an ellipse. Now leaving the ellipse shape on my screen.

8. The next shortcut is copy which is "CO", hit "Enter". I then select the object I want to Copy, Hit "Enter" and then choose the base point and I'll choose the centre and then I can drag that across and I've copied that object. So that's "CO" for Copy.

9. The next shortcut is "LA" to bring up the Layer Properties Manager. So I'm going to type in "LA", hit "Enter" and there you are. That's the Layer Properties Manager. I also have another video on how to properly manage the Layer Properties Manager as well as create a new layer. You will see the tab at the top. If you click on that it will bring that tutorial up for you.

10. The tenth shortcut I'm going to show you is the sketch function. So you type "SKETCH" which is the shortcut into your keyboard hit "Enter". And now I can sketch on the screen anything that I like and I'm just gonna drag and draw this curved line here. So that's "SKETCH" to Sketch.

11. The eleventh shortcut that I’m going to show you is "DI" for Distance. So I type "DI", hit "Enter" and you'll see that if I click on the first corner of this square that I have on my screen and then drag it across to the next one it will then highlight that the measurement is a thousand. I click "Enter" and you'll see that it's has brought up above the command bar which shows that a thousand is the measurement. "DI" for Distance.

12. The twelfth shortcut that I use which is really useful is "PAN". So type in "PAN", hit "Enter" and you see that I can move the screen to suit. Now i often use this in the viewport if you want to bring the drawing into how you'd like to select it. But this is "PAN" to Pan.

13. The next shortcut I will show you is "DIM" for Dimension. I type in "DIM", hit "Enter" and I then measure the two points that I want to apply the dimension too. And then I drag up. That's "DIM" for Dimension.

14. The next AutoCAD shortcut is "AREA". I type in "AREA" hit "Enter", and it'll then bring up the area calculating function which I then drag around the square that I have on my model space screen. Hit "Enter" and you can see that the area is then highlighted just above the command bar here.

15. The final shortcut that I'm going to show you in AutoCAD for beginners is "ZOOM" so I'm going to type "ZOOM" into the command bar, hit "Enter". And it's going to ask me these questions along the bottom and it gives me a range of shortcuts here. But one I regularly use is "Extents" and what "Extents" does is it pops the image or the images that have drawn in my model space or in my viewport and it brings them so it shows them fully in that viewport or Model Space. So I'm going to hit "E" and then hit "Enter" and you can see that there it's brought that square into full view within my Model Space.

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