PDF List of AutoCAD Commands

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3D Commands
 3D Creates three-dimensional polygon mesh objects
 3DARRAY Creates a three-dimensional array
 3DCLIP Invokes the interactive 3D view and opens the Adjust Clipping Planes window
 3DCORBIT Invokes the interactive 3D view and enables you to set the objects in the 3D view into continuous motion
 3DDISTANCE Invokes the interactive 3D view and makes objects appear closer or farther away
 3DFACE Creates a three-dimensional face
 3DMESH Creates a free-form polygon mesh
 3DORBIT Controls the interactive viewing of objects in 3D
 3DPAN Invokes the interactive 3D view and enables you to drag the view horizontally and vertically
 3DPOLY Creates a polyline with straight line segments using the CONTINUOUS linetype in three-dimensional space
 3DSIN Imports a 3D Studio (3DS) file
 3DSOUT Exports to a 3D Studio (3DS) file
 3DSWIVEL Invokes the interactive 3D view and simulates the effect of turning the camera
 3DZOOM Invokes the interactive 3D view so you can zoom in and out on the view

A
 ABOUT Displays information about AutoCAD
 ACISIN Imports an ACIS file
 ACISOUT Exports AutoCAD solid objects to an ACIS file
 ADCCLOSE Closes AutoCAD DesignCenter
 ADCENTER Manages content
 ADCNAVIGATE Directs the Desktop in AutoCAD DesignCenter to the file name, directory location, or network path you specify
 ALIGN Aligns objects with other objects in 2D and 3D
 AMECONVERT Converts AME solid models to AutoCAD solid objects
 APERTURE Controls the size of the object snap target box
 APPLOAD Loads and unloads applications and defines which applications to load at startup
 ARC Creates an arc
 AREA Calculates the area and perimeter of objects or of defined areas
 ARRAY Creates multiple copies of objects in a pattern
 ARX Loads, unloads, and provides information about ObjectARX applications
 ATTDEF Creates an attribute definition
 ATTDISP Globally controls attribute visibility
 ATTEDIT Changes attribute information
 ATTEXT Extracts attribute data
 ATTREDEF Redefines a block and updates associated attributes
 AUDIT Evaluates the integrity of a drawing

B
 BACKGROUND Sets up the background for your scene
 BASE Sets the insertion base point for the current drawing
 BHATCH Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern
 BLIPMODE Controls the display of marker blips
 BLOCK Creates a block definition from objects you select
 BLOCKICON Generates preview images for blocks created with Release 14 or earlier
 BMPOUT Saves selected objects to a file in device-independent bitmap format
 BOUNDARY Creates a region or a polyline from an enclosed area
 BOX Creates a three-dimensional solid box
 BREAK Erases parts of objects or splits an object in two
 BROWSER Launches the default Web browser defined in your system’s registry

C
 CAL Evaluates mathematical and geometric expressions
 CAMERA Sets a different camera and target location
 CHAMFER Bevels the edges of objects
 CHANGE Changes the properties of existing objects
 CHPROP Changes the color, layer, linetype, linetype scale factor, lineweight, thickness, and plot style of an object
 CIRCLE Creates a circle
 CLOSE Closes the current drawing
 COLOR Defines color for new objects
 COMPILE Compiles shape files and PostScript font files
 CONE Creates a three-dimensional solid cone
 CONVERT Optimizes 2D polylines and associative hatches created in AutoCAD Release 13 or earlier
 COPY Duplicates objects
 COPYBASE Copies objects with a specified base point
 COPYCLIP Copies objects to the Clipboard
 COPYHIST Copies the text in the command line history to the Clipboard
 COPYLINK Copies the current view to the Clipboard for linking to other OLE applications
 CUTCLIP Copies objects to the Clipboard and erases the objects from the drawing
 CYLINDER Creates a three-dimensional solid cylinder

D
 DBCCLOSE Closes the dbConnect Manager
 DBCONNECT Provides an AutoCAD interface to external database tables
 DBLIST Lists database information for each object in the drawing
 DDEDIT Edits text and attribute definitions
 DDPTYPE Specifies the display mode and size of point objects
 DDVPOINT Sets the three-dimensional viewing direction
 DELAY Provides a timed pause within a script
 DIM AND DIM1 Accesses Dimensioning mode
 DIMALIGNED Creates an aligned linear dimension
 DIMANGULAR Creates an angular dimension
 DIMBASELINE Creates a linear, angular, or ordinate dimension from the baseline of the previous dimension or a selected dimension
 DIMCENTER Creates the center mark or the centerlines of circles and arcs
 DIMCONTINUE Creates a linear, angular, or ordinate dimension from the second extension line of the previous dimension or a selected dimension
 DIMDIAMETER Creates diameter dimensions for circles and arcs
 DIMEDIT Edits dimensions
 DIMLINEAR Creates linear dimensions
 DIMORDINATE Creates ordinate point dimensions
 DIMOVERRIDE Overrides dimension system variables
 DIMRADIUS Creates radial dimensions for circles and arcs
 DIMSTYLE Creates and modifies dimension styles
 DIMTEDIT Moves and rotates dimension text
 DIST Measures the distance and angle between two points
 DIVIDE Places evenly spaced point objects or blocks along the length or perimeter of an object
 DONUT Draws filled circles and rings
 DRAGMODE Controls the way AutoCAD displays dragged objects
 DRAWORDER Changes the display order of images and other objects
 DSETTINGS Specifies settings for Snap mode, grid, and polar and object snap tracking
 DSVIEWER Opens the Aerial View window
 DVIEW Defines parallel projection or perspective views
 DWGPROPS Sets and displays the properties of the current drawing
 DXBIN Imports specially coded binary files

E
 EDGE Changes the visibility of three-dimensional face edges
 EDGESURF Creates a three-dimensional polygon mesh
 ELEV Sets elevation and extrusion thickness properties of new objects
 ELLIPSE Creates an ellipse or an elliptical arc
 ERASE Removes objects from a drawing
 EXPLODE Breaks a compound object into its component objects
 EXPORT Saves objects to other file formats
 EXPRESSTOOLS Activates the installed AutoCAD Express Tools if currently unavailable
 EXTEND Extends an object to meet another object
 EXTRUDE Creates unique solid primitives by extruding existing two-dimensional objects

F
 FILL Controls the filling of multilines, traces, solids, all hatches, and wide polylines
 FILLET Rounds and fillets the edges of objects
 FILTER Creates reusable filters to select objects based on properties
 FIND Finds, replaces, selects, or zooms to specified text
 FOG Provides visual cues for the apparent distance of objects

G
 GRAPHSCR Switches from the text window to the drawing area
 GRID Displays a dot grid in the current viewport
 GROUP Creates a named selection set of objects

H
 HATCH Fills a specified boundary with a pattern
 HATCHEDIT Modifies an existing hatch object
 HELP (F1) Displays online help
 HIDE Regenerates a three-dimensional model with hidden lines suppressed
 HYPERLINK Attaches a hyperlink to a graphical object or modifies an existing hyperlink
 HYPERLINKOPTIONS Controls the visibility of the hyperlink cursor and the display of hyperlink tooltips

I
 ID Displays the coordinate values of a location
 IMAGE Manages images
 IMAGEADJUST Controls the image display of the brightness, contrast, and fade values of images
 IMAGEATTACH Attaches a new image to the current drawing
 IMAGECLIP Creates new clipping boundaries for an image object
 IMAGEFRAME Controls whether AutoCAD displays the image frame or hides it from view
 IMAGEQUALITY Controls the display quality of images
 IMPORT Imports files in various formats into AutoCAD
 INSERT Places a named block or drawing into the current drawing
 INSERTOBJ Inserts a linked or embedded object
 INTERFERE Creates a composite 3D solid from the common volume of two or more solids
 INTERSECT Creates composite solids or regions from the intersection of two or more solids or regions and removes the areas outside of the intersection
 ISOPLANE Specifies the current isometric plane

L
 LAYER Manages layers and layer properties
 LAYOUT Creates a new layout and renames, copies, saves, or deletes an existing layout
 LAYOUTWIZARD Starts the Layout wizard, in which you can designate page and plot settings for a new layout
 LEADER Creates a line that connects annotation to a feature
 LENGTHEN Lengthens an object
 LIGHT Manages lights and lighting effects
 LIMITS Sets and controls the drawing boundaries and grid display
 LINE Creates straight line segments
 LINETYPE Creates, loads, and sets linetypes
 LIST Displays database information for selected objects
 LOAD Makes shapes available for use by the SHAPE command
 LOGFILEOFF Closes the log file opened by LOGFILEON
 LOGFILEON Writes the text window contents to a file
 LSEDIT Edits a landscape object
 LSLIB Maintains libraries of landscape objects
 LSNEW Adds realistic landscape items, such as trees and bushes, to your drawings
 LTSCALE Sets the linetype scale factor
 LWEIGHT Sets the current lineweight, lineweight display options, and lineweight units

M
 MASSPROP Calculates and displays the mass properties of regions or solids
 MATCHPROP Copies the properties from one object to one or more objects
 MATLIB Imports and exports materials to and from a library of materials
 MEASURE Places point objects or blocks at measured intervals on an object
 MENU Loads a menu file
 MENULOAD Loads partial menu files
 MENUUNLOAD Unloads partial menu files
 MINSERT Inserts multiple instances of a block in a rectangular array
 MIRROR Creates a mirror image copy of objects
 MIRROR3D Creates a mirror image of objects about a plane
 MLEDIT Edits multiple parallel lines
 MLINE Creates multiple parallel lines
 MLSTYLE Defines a style for multiple parallel lines
 MODEL Switches from a layout tab to the Model tab and makes it current
 MOVE Displaces objects a specified distance in a specified direction
 MSLIDE Creates a slide file of the current viewport in model space, or of all viewports in paper space
 MSPACE Switches from paper space to a model space viewport
 MTEXT Creates multiline text
 MULTIPLE Repeats the next command until canceled
 MVIEW Creates floating viewports and turns on existing floating viewports
 MVSETUP Sets up the specifications of a drawing

N
 NEW Creates a new drawing file

O
 OFFSET Creates concentric circles, parallel lines, and parallel curves
 OLELINKS Updates, changes, and cancels existing OLE links
 OLESCALE Displays the OLE Properties dialog box
 OOPS Restores erased objects
 OPEN Opens an existing drawing file
 OPTIONS Customizes the AutoCAD settings
 ORTHO Constrains cursor movement
 OSNAP ets object snap modes

P
 PAGESETUP Specifies the layout page, plotting device, paper size, and settings for each new layout
 PAN Moves the drawing display in the current viewport
 PARTIALOAD Loads additional geometry into a partially opened drawing
 PARTIALOPEN Loads geometry from a selected view or layer into a drawing
 PASTEBLOCK Pastes a copied block into a new drawing
 PASTECLIP Inserts data from the Clipboard
 PASTEORIG Pastes a copied object in a new drawing using the coordinates from the original drawing
 PASTESPEC Inserts data from the Clipboard and controls the format of the data
 PCINWIZARD Displays a wizard to import PCP and PC2 configuration file plot settings into the Model tab or current layout
 PEDIT Edits polylines and three-dimensional polygon meshes
 PFACE Creates a three-dimensional polyface mesh vertex by vertex
 PLAN Displays the plan view of a user coordinate system
 PLINE Creates two-dimensional polylines
 PLOT Plots a drawing to a plotting device or file
 PLOTSTYLE Sets the current plot style for new objects, or the assigned plot style for selected objects
 PLOTTERMANAGER Displays the Plotter Manager, where you can launch the Add-a-Plotter wizard and the Plotter Configuration Editor
 POINT Creates a point object
 POLYGON Creates an equilateral closed polyline
 PREVIEW Shows how the drawing will look when it is printed or plotted
 PROPERTIES Controls properties of existing objects
 PROPERTIESCLOSE Closes the Properties window
 PSDRAG Controls the appearance of a PostScript image as it is dragged into position with PSIN
 PSETUPIN Imports a user-defined page setup into a new drawing layout
 PSFILL Fills a two-dimensional polyline outline with a PostScript pattern
 PSIN Imports a PostScript file
 PSOUT Creates an encapsulated PostScript file
 PSPACE Switches from a model space viewport to paper space
 PURGE Removes unused named objects, such as blocks or layers, from the drawing database

Q
 QDIM Quickly creates a dimension
 QLEADER Quickly creates a leader and leader annotation
 QSAVE Quickly saves the current drawing
 QSELECT Quickly creates selection sets based on filtering criteria
 QTEXT Controls the display and plotting of text and attribute objects
 QUIT Exits AutoCAD

R
 RAY Creates a semi-infinite line
 RECOVER Repairs a damaged drawing
 RECTANG Draws a rectangular polyline
 REDEFINE Restores AutoCAD internal commands overridden by UNDEFINE
 REDO Reverses the effects of the previous UNDO or U command
 REDRAW Refreshes the display in the current viewport
 REDRAWALL Refreshes the display in all viewports
 REFCLOSE Saves back or discards changes made during in-place editing of a reference (an xref or a block)
 REFEDIT Selects a reference for editing
 REFSET Adds or removes objects from a working set during in-place editing of a reference (an xref or a block)
 REGEN Regenerates the drawing and refreshes the current viewport
 REGENALL Regenerates the drawing and refreshes all viewports
 REGENAUTO Controls automatic regeneration of a drawing
 REGION Creates a region object from a selection set of existing objects
 REINIT Reinitializes the digitizer, digitizer input/output port, and program parameters file
 RENAME Changes the names of objects
 RENDER Creates a photorealistic or realistically shaded image of a three-dimensional wireframe or solid model
 RENDSCR Redisplays the last rendering created with the RENDER command
 REPLAY Displays a BMP, TGA, or TIFF image
 RESUME Continues an interrupted script
 REVOLVE Creates solids by revolving two-dimensional objects about an axis
 REVSURF Creates a revolved surface about a selected axis
 RMAT Manages rendering materials
 ROTATE Moves objects about a base point
 ROTATE3D Moves objects about a three-dimensional axis
 RPREF Sets rendering preferences
 RSCRIPT Creates a script that repeats continuously
 RULESURF Creates a ruled surface between two curves

S
 SAVE Saves the drawing under the current file name or a specified name
 SAVEAS Saves an unnamed drawing with a file name or renames the current drawing
 SAVEIMG Saves a rendered image to a file
 SCALE Enlarges or reduces selected objects equally in the X, Y, and Z directions
 SCENE Manages scenes in model space
 SCRIPT Executes a sequence of commands from a script
 SECTION Uses the intersection of a plane and solids to create a region
 SELECT Places selected objects in the Previous selection set
 SETUV Maps materials onto objects
 SETVAR Lists or changes the values of system variables
 SHADEMODE Shades the objects in the current viewport
 SHAPE Inserts a shape
 SHELL Accesses operating system commands
 SHOWMAT Lists the material type and attachment method for a selected object
 SKETCH Creates a series of freehand line segments
 SLICE Slices a set of solids with a plane
 SNAP Restricts cursor movement to specified intervals
 SOLDRAW Generates profiles and sections in viewports created with SOLVIEW
 SOLID Creates solid-filled polygons
 SOLIDEDIT Edits faces and edges of 3D solid objects
 SOLPROF Creates profile images of three-dimensional solids
 SOLVIEW Creates floating viewports using orthographic projection to lay out multi- and sectional view drawings of 3D solid and body objects while in a layout
 SPELL Checks spelling in a drawing
 SPHERE Creates a three-dimensional solid sphere
 SPLINE Creates a quadratic or cubic spline (NURBS) curve
 SPLINEDIT Edits a spline object
 STATS Displays rendering statistics
 STATUS Displays drawing statistics, modes, and extents
 STLOUT Stores a solid in an ASCII or binary file
 STRETCH Moves or stretches objects
 STYLE Creates or modifies named styles and sets the current style for text in your drawing
 STYLESMANAGER Displays the Plot Style Manager
 SUBTRACT Creates a composite region or solid by subtraction
 SYSWINDOWS Arranges windows

T
 TABLET Calibrates, configures, and turns on and off an attached digitizing tablet
 TABSURF Creates a tabulated surface from a path curve and a direction vector
 TEXT Displays text on screen as it is entered
 TEXTSCR Opens the AutoCAD text window
 TIME Displays the date and time statistics of a drawing
 TOLERANCE Creates geometric tolerances
 TOOLBAR Displays, hides, and customizes toolbars
 TORUS Creates a donut-shaped solid
 TRACE Creates solid lines
 TRANSPARENCY Controls whether background pixels in an image are transparent or opaque
 TREESTAT Displays information about the drawing’s current spatial index
 TRIM Trims objects at a cutting edge defined by other objects

U
 U Reverses the most recent operation
 UCS Manages user coordinate systems
 UCSICON Controls the visibility and placement of the UCS icon
 UCSMAN Manages defined user coordinate systems
 UNDEFINE Allows an application-defined command to override an internal AutoCAD command
 UNDO Reverses the effect of commands
 UNION Creates a composite region or solid by addition
 UNITS Controls coordinate and angle display formats and determines precision

V
 VBAIDE Displays the Visual Basic Editor
 VBALOAD Loads a global VBA project into the current AutoCAD session
 VBAMAN Loads, unloads, saves, creates, embeds, and extracts VBA projects
 VBARUN Runs a VBA macro
 VBASTMT Executes a VBA statement on the AutoCAD command line
 VBAUNLOAD Unloads a global VBA project
 VIEW Saves and restores named views
 VIEWRES Sets the resolution for objects in the current viewport
 VLISP Displays the Visual LISP interactive development environment (IDE)
 VPCLIP Clips viewport objects
 VPLAYER Sets layer visibility within viewports
 VPOINT Sets the viewing direction for a three-dimensional visualization of the drawing
 VPORTS Divides the drawing area into multiple tiled or floating viewports
 VSLIDE Displays an image slide file in the current viewport

W
 WBLOCK Writes objects or a block to a new drawing file
 WEDGE Creates a 3D solid with a sloped face tapering along the X axis
 WHOHAS Displays ownership information for opened drawing files
 WMFIN Imports a Windows metafile<
 WMFOPTS Sets options for WMFIN
 WMFOUT Saves objects to a Windows metafile
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 XATTACH Attaches an external reference to the current drawing
 XBIND Binds dependent symbols of an xref to a drawing
 XCLIP Defines an xref or block clipping boundary and sets the front or back clipping planes
 XLINE Creates an infinite line
 XPLODE Breaks a compound object into its component objects
 XREF Controls external references to drawing files

Z
 ZOOM Increases or decreases the apparent size of objects in the current viewport


Originally published at CAD Intentions.