AutoCAD® Self-paced Learning Modules
When you have completed this module, you will be able to:
1. Describe an AutoCAD command, option prompt, defaults, drawing name, drawing
extensions, and drawing templates.
2. Describe and apply the commands NEW, QSAVE, OPEN, and CLOSE. Demonstrate
you can use them by starting new drawings, naming the drawings, saving them to a
specified folder location, open existing drawings, and closing drawings.
Most work in AutoCAD
consists of giving
AutoCAD what you
want it to do. Those
instructions are called
commands. Most of
the time you will be
using the command
line window, a pull-
down menu or a
toolbar menu. Figure
2-1 shows the LINE
entered using all three
Different Methods of Executing the LINE Command
Regardless of the way you enter commands, AutoCAD doesn't really know or care where the
command was initiated. To AutoCAD, all commands look alike. Therefore, you have the choice
as to which method you want to use. There is no right or wrong way. Throughout the AutoCAD
Modules, you will be shown different ways of entering each command. You can decide which
one(s) you want to use.
Many menu items execute commands automatically but a lot of the time it is up to you to do this.
Executing a command is your way of telling AutoCAD that you are finished and it is AutoCAD's
turn. You can execute a command by either pressing the enter key or the space bar on the
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Repeating the Last Command
AutoCAD can be very repetitive. To work faster, you can repeat the last command that was
executed by pressing the enter key, the space bar, or clicking the right mouse button.
After you execute most commands,
AutoCAD will respond with an option