Sample Shortcut Command Definitions
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Architectural Production Software 2005
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Overview

When you first install the APS software the APS shortcut key definitions are disabled. In order to use the shortcut commands defined with the APS system you must turn them on. (See Turning ON the APS keyboard shortcut commands) Once you turn them on they use the standard AutoCAD shortcuts and the standard shortcuts for the APS commands (To view listings of these standards see standard AutoCAD shortcuts and standard APS shortcuts or the end of the SHORTCUTS command documentation where both lists are combined).

The standard shortcut definitions that come with AutoCAD we feel could use some improvement, but due to the fact that most people are used to them (simply because AutoCAD comes that way) we have used them as the default definitions for the SHORTCUTS command. Please use the SHORTCUTS command to change these definitions in a way that will make you more efficient.

 

Some tips for shortcut key commands:

  • Well defined shortcut commands use letters that can be easily typed with one hand leaving the other to use the mouse/puck.
  • They shouldn't require you to look down at the keyboard so you can execute them with a quick flick of your fingers.
  • Determine which commands you use the most and assign the easiest key combinations to those commands first. For example, the AutoCAD standard shortcuts use the CIRCLE command for the letter "C". We've found that we used COPY much more frequently than CIRCLE so we assigned the COPY command to the letter "C". Single letter and easy two letter combos should be assigned to the most commonly used commands.
  • If you have any "lefties" in the office you will need to also make alternate definitions that can be easily typed on the other side of the keyboard.
  • You might try figuring out the easy letters and letter combinations first and assign those to your common commands. Even if the letter or letter combination do not immediately make you think of the command. You will learn them over time.
  • One of the traps that most people fall into (including us) is to have too many shortcut commands. If you don't use it very often then it is not a big deal to take that little extra bit of time to access that command another way. Shortcut key commands should be reserved for the "speed" commands that you use a lot. Having too many shortcuts often "muddies the water" and makes it easier to forget some of those commands that you use with "medium" frequency.
  • Everyone drafts differently so do what works for you.

 

A listing of the sample shortcut command scheme

The following shortcuts are an example of a shortcut scheme. This scheme admittedly has faults and does not allow for "lefties" much but is an example that we feel is better than what comes standard with AutoCAD. We welcome better shortcut schemes and any ideas that will help make drafting more efficient. Submit your ideas by clicking the button at the top of this document.

This scheme is as follows:

Shortcut Description Shortcut Description Shortcut Description
3F 3DFACE FL FREEZE LAYER PH PLAN HATCHES
ARC FR FILLET RADIUS PJ POLYLINE JOIN
AA  AREA G GRIPMODE PK PICKBOX
AC ATTCOUNT GB GYPSUM BD PL PLINE
AE TEXT EDIT GL GLU-LAM PLB POLYLINE BOUNDARY
AP APERTURE H HATCH PLY PLYWOOD
APS APS-CONFIG HR HATCH RELATIVE PO PICK (LAYER) OFF
AR ARRAY HL HIGHLIGHT TOGGLE  PW POLYLINE WIDTH
AT ACTILE I INSERT Q QUICK DIMENSION
B BLOCK IL ISOLATE LAYER QT QTEXT
B20 BLOCK (CONTENTS) TO LAYER 0 JD JUST DOOR R REDRAW
B2B BLOCK (CONTENTS) TO LAYER 0 & BYBLOCK JH JST HANGERS RA REDRAWALL
B2L BLOCK (CONTENTS) TO LAYER 0 & BYLAYER JW JUST WINDOW RC RECTANGLE
BF BIFOLD DOORS KN KEYNOTE w/ LEADER (STD) RE REGENALL
BH BOUNDARY HATCH KNA KEYNOTE w/ LEADER (ARCH) RL REGEN LAYER
BI BREAK @ INTERSECTION KNB KEYNOTE w/ LEADER (BUTTERFLY) RO ROTATE
BK BREAK (2PT) KND KEYNOTE w/ LEADER (DOT) RS RECTANGULAR SOLID
BL BUBBLE LEADER KNS KEYNOTE w/ LEADER (SIMPLE) RV REVISION CLOUD
BM BLIPMODE TOGGLE KNT KEYNOTE w/ LEADER (TICK) RW RESIDENTIAL WINDOW
BND (POLYLINE) BOUNDARY L LINE RWC CENTERED RES WIND
BP BIPASS DOORS LA LAYER S SCALE
C COPY LC “L” CLEAN SA SAVE
C2 COPY 2 LAYER LD LEADER (STD) SB SHADOW BOX
C2F COPY 2 FLOOR LDA LEADER (ARCH) SD SLIDING GLASS DOOR
CB COPY BLOCK LDB LEADER (BUTTERFLY) SDC CENTERED SLID GLS DR
CC COPY CONTINUOUS LDD LEADER (DOT) SL SYMBOL LEADER (STD ARROW)
CF CHAMFER LDS LEADER (SIMPLE) SLA SYMBOL LEADER (ARCH)
CH CHANGE (DDCHPROP) LDT LEADER (TICK) SLB SYMBOL LEADER (BUTRFLY ARROW)
CI CIRCLE LE LENGTHEN (R13+) SLD SYMBOL LEADER (DOT)
CL CHANGE LAYER LF LAYER OFF SLS SYMBOL LEADER (SIMPLE)
CLA CURVE LEADER (ARROW) LI LIST SLT SYMBOL LEADER (TICK)
CLAA CURVE LEADER (ARCH) LL LAYER LOCK SN SNAP
CLB CURVE LEADER (BUTTERFLY) LO LAYER ON SO SOLID
CLD CURVE LEADER (DOT) LS LAYER SET SR SURVEY NOTE
CLS CURVE LEADER (SIMPLE) LT LEADER w/ TEXT (STD) ST STRETCH
CLT CURVE LEADER (TICK) LTA LEADER w/ TEXT (ARCH) STC STRETCH CROSSING
CM COPY MULTIPLE LTB LEADER w/ TEXT (BUTRFLY) SV SETVAR
CP CAP LTD LEADER w/ TEXT (DOT) T TEXT
CT COPY TEXT LTS LEADER w/ TEXT (SIMPLE) T2M TEXT 2 MTXT
CW OFFSET COMM. WINDOW LTT LEADER w/ TEXT (TICK) TA TEXT ALIGN
CWC CENTERED COMM WIND LU LAYER UNLOCK TC TCLEAN
D DISTANCE M MOVE TE TEXT EDIT
DAL DIMENSION ALIGNED MI MIRROR TL THAW LAYER
DANG DIMENSION ANGULAR ML MLINE TR TRIM
DB DIVIDE BLOCK MO MATCH OBJECT (PROP) TS TEXT STYLE
DC DIMENSION CONTINUE MS MAKE SLIDE TT TEXT TRIM
DCL DOOR CALLOUT N NOTES UC UPPERCASE
DD DOUBLE DOOR NC NOTES (CENTERED) UI UCS ICON TOGGLE
DDC CENTERED DBL DOOR NL NEWLINE UL UNDERLINE (TEXT)
DDM DDMODIFY (PROPERTIES) NS NEW (LAYER) SCHEME V VIEW
DE DIMENSION EDIT NT NEWTEXT VR VIEW RESTORE
DH DETAIL HATCH O OFFSET VS VIEW SAVE
DI DIVIDE O2 OFFSET 2 LAYER WB WRITE BLOCK
DIA DIMENSION DIAMETER OC OFFSET COMM WDW WG WINDOW GRID
DL DIM LINEAR OD OFFSET SINGLE DOOR WF WALL FILL
DO DONUT ODD OFFSET DBL DOORS X EXTEND
DRAD DIMENSION RADIUS OH OFFSET OVERHEAD DOORS X2 EXPLODE 2 LAYER
DRC CENTERED SGL DOOR OHC CENTERED OH DOORS XC XCLEAN
DRO OFFSET SGL DOOR OO OOPS XR XREF
DRT DIMENSION ROTATED OS OFFSET SLIDING GLS DOOR XRA XREF ATTACH
DT DETAILER P PAN Z ZOOM
DU DIMENSION UPDATE PA PURGE ALL ZA ZOOM ALL
DV DIMENSION VERTICAL PB PLAN BLOCKS ZD ZOOM DYNAMIC
E ERASE PC PICK CURRENT (LAYER) ZE ZOOM EXTENTS
EB ELEVATION BLOCKS PD PICK (XREF) DETACH ZP ZOOM PREVIOUS
EH ELEVATION HATCH PDC PATIO DOOR (CENTERED) ZV ZOOM VMAX
EL ELLIPSE PDM PDMODE ZW ZOOM WINDOW
EM EDGEMODE PDO PATIO DOOR (OFFSET) ZX ZOOM ALL
EP ERASE PREVIOUS PE POLYLINE EDIT ZZ ZOOM PREVIOUS
EX EXPLODE PF PICK FREEZE    
F FILLET RADIUS ZERO PG POLYGON    

You can download a Word® version of the above list for printing here.

 

Importing this shortcut command scheme so you may use it

If you like this setup for shortcut key commands (or like most of it and would like to start here and modify them using the SHORTCUTS command) you can use the sample SHRTCUTS.LSP file that is available here.

First before you do anything make a backup copy of the existing SHRTCUTS.LSP file in case something goes wrong or you want to go back to using the standard shortcuts. It is located in the "Custom" folder.

Then download the SHRTCUTS.LSP file here

Once you have this file copy it over the top of the existing SHRTCUTS.LSP file in the "Custom" folder. The next time you open AutoCAD these shortcut definitions will be used.

Should you want to change these definitions, use the SHORTCUTS command.

To disable these definitions, use the SHORTCUTS command.

If for some reason you want to go back to the definitions that the software came with, copy the "backup" you made above over the top of the SHRTCUTS.LSP file in the "Custom" folder and the next time you open AutoCAD those definitions will be used again.

Is there anything that you find confusing or difficult? Please let us know so we can help!

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