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AutoCAD 2013 Commandline Enhancements

The commandline acquired a new look and feel in AutoCAD 2013. It initially appears as a semi-transparent, single-line palette at the bottom of the drawing area. When you select or type a command the commandline becomes less transparent or opaque depending on the settings.

The command history scrolls up above the active prompt and the number of lines of this history is controllable. Also, the option keywords displayed in the commandline are now clickable. Then, once a command is complete, the command history fades away.

The command history is still accessible by selecting F2 or choosing the arrow at the end of the commandline. Recently used commands can be selected from the menu available at the left end of the commandline.

The commandline can be moved around the drawing area or docked. When docked it resembles the way the commandline looked in previous versions.

The wrench icon at the left end of the commandline launches a menu of commandline settings and the OPTIONS command. If the commandline is not docked, you can control the number of lines of history, the general transparency of the commandline and the mouse-over transparent value. The AUTO-COMPLETE feature was added in AutoCAD 2012. You can learn more about this feature in this tutorial.

Use the OPTIONS command to control the colors of the various areas of the commandline and command history.

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