Complete List of AutoCAD Commands

Complete List of AutoCAD Commands and Shortcuts

AutoCAD Commands and Aliases

Following is the complete list of AutoCAD commands in their alphabetical order. In the first column, we have an AutoCAD command, its Alias in the second column and the third column tell us what that particular command is meant for.

A

AutoCAD CommandCommand AliasPurpose
ACTRECORDARRStarts the Action Recorder.
ACTSTOPARSStops the Action Recorder and provides the option of saving the recorded actions to an action macro file.
ACTUSERINPUTARUPauses for user input in an action macro.
ACTUSERMESSAGEARMInserts a user message into an action macro.
ADCENTERADCManages and inserts content such as blocks, xrefs, and hatch patterns.
ALIGNALAligns objects with other objects in 2D and 3D.
ANALYSISZEBRAZEBRAProjects stripes onto a 3D model to analyze surface continuity.
APPLOADAPLoad Application.
ARCACreates an arc.
AREAAACalculates the area and perimeter of objects or of defined areas.
ARRAYARCreates multiple copies of objects in a pattern.
ATTDEFATTRedefines a block and updates associated attributes.
ATTEDITATEChanges attribute information in a block.
ATTIPEDITATIChanges the textual content of an attribute within a block.

B

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
BCLOSEBCCloses the Block Editor.
BEDITBEOpens the block definition in the Block Editor.
BLOCKBCreates a block definition from selected objects.
BOUNDARYBOCreates a region or a polyline from an enclosed area.
BPARAMETERPARAMAdds a parameter with grips to a dynamic block definition.
BREAKBRBreaks the selected object between two points.
BSAVEBSSaves the current block definition.
BVSTATEBVSCreates, sets, or deletes a visibility state in a dynamic block.

C

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
CAMERACAMSets a camera and target location to create and save a 3D perspective view of objects.
CHAMFERCHABevels the edges of objects.
CHECKSTANDARDSCHKChecks the current drawing for standards violations.
CIRCLECCreates a circle.
CLOSEALLCloses all open drawings.
COLORCOLSets the color for new objects.
COMMANDLINECLIDisplays the Command Line window.
CONSTRAINTBARCBARA toolbar-like UI element that displays the available geometric constraints on an object.
COPYCOCopies objects a specified distance in a specified direction.
CTABLESTYLECTSets the name of the current table style.
CYLINDERCYLCreates a 3D solid cylinder.

D

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
DATAEXTRACTIONDXExtracts drawing data and merges data from an external source to a data extraction.
DATALINKDLThe Data Link dialog box is displayed.
DATALINKUPDATEDLUUpdates data to or from an established external data link.
DBCONNECTDBCProvides an interface to external database tables.
DDEDITEDEdits single-line text, dimension text, attribute definitions, and feature control frames.
DDVPOINTVPSets the 3D viewing direction.
DIMANGULARDANCreates an angular dimension.
DIMARCDARCreates an arc length dimension.
DIMBASELINEDBACreates a linear, angular, or ordinate dimension from the baseline of the previous or selected dimension.
DIMCENTERDCECreates the center mark or the centerlines of circles and arcs.
DIMCONSTRAINTDCONApplies dimensional constraints to selected objects or points on objects.
DIMCONTINUEDCOCreates a dimension that starts from an extension line of a previously created dimension.
DIMDIAMETERDDICreates a diameter dimension for a circle or an arc.
DIMDISASSOCIATEDDARemoves associativity from selected dimensions.
DIMEDITDEDEdits dimension text and extension lines.
DIMJOGGEDJOGCreates jogged dimensions for circles and arcs.
DIMJOGGEDDJOCreates jogged dimensions for circles and arcs.
DIMJOGLINEDJLAdds or removes a jog line on a linear or aligned dimension.
DIMORDINATEDORCreates ordinate dimensions.
DIMOVERRIDEDOVControls overrides of system variables used in selected dimensions.
DIMRADIUSDRACreates a radius dimension for a circle or an arc.
DIMREASSOCIATEDREAssociates or re-associates selected dimensions to objects or points on objects.
DIMSTYLEDCreates and modifies dimension styles.
DISTDIMeasures the distance and angle between two points.
DIVIDEDIVCreates evenly spaced point objects or blocks along the length or perimeter of an object.
DONUTDOCreates a filled circle or a wide ring.
DRAWINGRECOVERYDRMDisplays a list of drawing files that can be recovered after a program or system failure.
DRAWORDERDRChanges the draw order of images and other objects.
DSETTINGSDSSets grid and snap, polar and object snap tracking, object snap modes, Dynamic Input,
DVIEWDVDefines parallel projection or perspective views by using a camera and target.

E

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
ELLIPSEELCreates an ellipse or an elliptical arc.
ERASEERemoves objects from a drawing.
ETRANSMITZIPCreates a Self-Extracting or Zipped Transmittal Package.
EXPLODEXBreaks a compound object into its component objects.
EXPORTEXPSaves the objects in a drawing to a different file format.
EXPORTPDFEPDFExports drawing to PDF.
EXTENDEXExtends objects to meet the edges of other objects.
EXTERNALREFERENCESEROpens the External References palette.
EXTRUDEEXTExtends the dimensions of a 2D object or 3D face into 3D space.

F

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
FILLETFRounds and fillets the edges of objects.
FILTERFICreates a list of requirements that an object must meet to be included in a selection set.
FLATSHOTFSHOTCreates a 2D representation of all 3D objects based on the current view.
FSMODEFSCreates a selection set of all objects that touch the selected object.

G

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
GEOCONSTRAINTGCONApplies or persists geometric relationships between objects or points on objects.
GEOGRAPHICLOCATIONGEOSpecifies the geographic location information for a drawing file.
GEOGRAPHICLOCATIONNORTHSpecifies the geographic location information for a drawing file.
GRADIENTGDFills an enclosed area or selected objects with a gradient fill.
GROUPGCreates and manages saved sets of objects called groups.

H

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
HATCHHFills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient fill.
HATCHBHFills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient fill.
HATCHEDITHEModifies an existing hatch or fill.
HIDEHIRegenerates a 3D wireframe model with hidden lines suppressed.
HIDEPALETTESPOFFHides currently displayed palettes (including the command line).

I

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
IDIDDisplays the UCS coordinate values of a specified location.
IMAGEIMDisplays the External References palette.
IMAGEADJUSTIADControls the image display of the brightness, contrast, and fade values of images.
IMAGEATTACHIATInserts a reference to an image file.
IMAGECLIPICLCrops the display of a selected image to a specified boundary.
IMPORTIMPImports files of different formats into the current drawing.
INSERTIInserts a block or drawing into the current drawing.
INSERTOBJIOInserts a linked or embedded object.
INTERFEREINFCreates a temporary 3D solid from the interferences between two sets of selected 3D solids.
INTERSECTINCreates a 3D solid, surface, or 2D region from overlapping solids, surfaces, or regions.

J

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
JOINJJoins similar objects to form a single, unbroken object.

L

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
LAYERLAManages layers and layer properties.
LAYERSTATELASSaves, restores, and manages named layer states.
LAYOUTLOCreates and modifies drawing layout tabs.
LENGTHENLENChanges the length of objects and the included angle of arcs.
LINELCreates straight line segments.
LINETYPELTLoads, sets, and modifies linetypes.
LISTLIDisplays property data for selected objects.
LTSCALELTSChanges the scale factor of linetypes for all objects in a drawing.
LWEIGHTLWSets the current lineweight, lineweight display options, and lineweight units.

M

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
MARKUPMSMOpens the Markup Set Manager.
MATCHPROPMAApplies the properties of a selected object to other objects.
MATERIALSMATShows or hides the Materials window.
MEASUREMECreates point objects or blocks at measured intervals along the length or perimeter of an object.
MEASUREGEOMMEAMeasures the distance, radius, angle, area, and volume of selected objects or sequence of points.
MESHSMOOTHLESSLESSDecreases the level of smoothness for mesh objects by one level.
MESHSMOOTHMOREMOREIncreases the level of smoothness for mesh objects by one level.
MESHSPLITSPLITSplits a mesh face into two faces.
MIRRORMICreates a mirrored copy of selected objects.
MLEADERMLDCreates a multileader object.
MLEADERALIGNMLAAligns and spaces selected multileader objects.
MLEADERCOLLECTMLCOrganizes selected multileaders that contain blocks into rows or columns, and displays the result.
MLEADEREDITMLEAdds leader lines to, or removes leader lines from, a multileader object.
MLEADERSTYLEMLSCreates and modifies multileader styles.
MLINEMLCreates multiple parallel lines.
MOVEMMoves objects a specified distance in a specified direction.
MSPACEMSSwitches from paper space to a model space viewport.
MTEXTMTCreates a multiline text object.
MTEXTTCreates a multiline text object.
MVIEWMVCreates and controls layout viewports.

N

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
NAVSWHEELWHEELDisplays a wheel that contains a collection of view navigation tools.
NAVVCUBECUBEControls the visibility and display properties of the ViewCube tool.
NEWSHOTNSHOTCreates a named view with motion that is played back when viewed with ShowMotion.
NEWVIEWNVIEWCreates a named view with no motion.

O

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
OFFSETOCreates concentric circles, parallel lines, and parallel curves.
OPTIONSOPCustomizes the program settings.
OOPSRestores the most recently deleted items.
OSNAPOSSets running object snap modes.

P

AutoCAD
Command
AutoCAD
Command
Purpose
PANPAdds a parameter with grips to a dynamic block definition.
PARAMETERSPARControls the associative parameters used in the drawing.
PASTESPECPAPastes objects from the Clipboard into the current drawing and controls the format of the data.
PEDITPEEdits polylines and 3D polygon meshes.
PLINEPLCreates a 2D polyline.
PLOTPRINTPlots a drawing to a plotter, printer, or file.
POINTPOCreates a point object.
POINTCLOUDPCProvides options to create and attach point cloud files.
POINTCLOUDATTACHPCATTACHInserts an indexed point cloud file into the current drawing.
POINTCLOUDINDEXPCINDEXCreates an indexed point cloud (PCG or ISD) file from a scan file.
POLYGONPOLCreates an equilateral closed polyline.
POLYSOLIDPSOLIDCreates a 3D wall-like polysolid.
PREVIEWPREDisplays the drawing as it will be plotted.
PROPERTIESMOControls properties of existing objects.
PROPERTIESPRDisplays Properties palette.
PROPERTIESCHControls properties of existing objects.
PSPACEPSSwitches from a model space viewport to paper space.
PUBLISHTOWEBPTWCreates HTML pages that include images of selected drawings.
PURGEPURemoves unused items, such as block definitions and layers, from the drawing.
PYRAMIDPYRCreates a 3D solid pyramid.

Q

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
QLEADERLECreates a leader and leader annotation.
QSAVEQSAVESaves the current drawing.
QUICKCALCQCOpens the QuickCalc calculator.
QUICKCUIQCUIDisplays the Customize User Interface Editor in a collapsed state.
QUICKPROPERTIESQPDisplays open drawings and layouts in a drawing in preview images.
QUITEXITExits the program.
QVDRAWINGQVDDisplays open drawings and layouts in a drawing using preview images.
QVDRAWINGCLOSEQVDCCloses preview images of open drawings and layouts in a drawing.
QVLAYOUTQVLDisplays preview images of model space and layouts in a drawing.
QVLAYOUTCLOSEQVLCCloses preview images of model space and layouts in the current drawing.

R

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
RECTANGRECCreates a rectangular polyline.
REDRAWRRefreshes the display in the current viewport.
REDRAWALLRARefreshes the display in all viewports.
REGENRERegenerates the entire drawing from the current viewport.
REGENALLREARegenerates the drawing and refreshes all viewports.
REGIONREGConverts an object that encloses an area into a region object.
RENAMERENChanges the names assigned to items such as layers and dimension styles.
RENDERRRCreates a photorealistic or realistically shaded image of a 3D solid or surface model.
RENDERCROPRCRenders a specified rectangular area, called a crop window, within a viewport.
RENDERPRESETSRPSpecifies render presets, reusable rendering parameters, for rendering an image.
RENDERWINRWDisplays the Render window without starting a rendering operation.
REVOLVEREVCreates a 3D solid or surface by sweeping a 2D object around an axis.
ROTATERORotates objects around a base point.
RPREFRPRDisplays or hides the Advanced Render Settings palette for access to advanced rendering settings.

S

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
SAVEALLSaves all open drawings.
SCALESCEnlarges or reduces selected objects, keeping the proportions of the object the same after scaling.
SCRIPTSCRExecutes a sequence of commands from a script file.
SECTIONSECUses the intersection of a plane and solids, surfaces, or mesh to create a region.
SECTIONPLANESPLANECreates a section object that acts as a cutting plane through 3D objects.
SEQUENCEPLAYSPLAYPlays named views in one category.
SETVARSETLists or changes the values of system variables.
SHADEMODESHAStarts the VSCURRENT command.
SHEETSETSSMOpens the Sheet Set Manager.
SHOWPALETTESPONRestores the display of hidden palettes.
SLICESLCreates new 3D solids and surfaces by slicing, or dividing, existing objects.
SNAPSNRestricts cursor movement to specified intervals.
SOLIDSOCreates solid-filled triangles and quadrilaterals.
SPELLSPChecks spelling in a drawing.
SPLINESPLCreates a smooth curve that passes through or near specified points.
SPLINEDITSPEEdits a spline or spline-fit polyline.
SPLINEDITSPEEdits a spline or spline-fit polyline.
STANDARDSSTAManages the association of standards files with drawings.
STRETCHSStretches objects crossed by a selection window or polygon.
STYLESTCreates, modifies, or specifies text styles.
SUBTRACTSUCombines selected 3D solids, surfaces, or 2D regions by subtraction.
SURFPATCHPATCHCreates a new surface by fitting a cap over a surface edge that forms a closed loop.

T

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
TABLETBCreates an empty table object.
TABLESTYLETSCreates, modifies, or specifies table styles.
TABLETTACalibrates, configures, and turns on and off an attached digitizing tablet.
TEXTDTCreates a single-line text object.
TEXTEDITTEDITEdits a dimensional constraint, dimension, or text object.
THICKNESSTHSets the default 3D thickness property when creating 2D geometric objects.
TILEMODETIControls whether paper space can be accessed.
TOLERANCETOLCreates geometric tolerances contained in a feature control frame.
TOOLBARTODisplays, hides, and customizes toolbars.
TOOLPALETTESTPOpens the Tool Palettes window.
TORUSTORCreates a donut-shaped 3D solid.
TRIMTRTrims objects to meet the edges of other objects.

U

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
UCSMANUCManages defined user coordinate systems.
UNISOLATEOBJECTSUNHIDEUNISOLATE objects previously hidden with the ISOLATEOBJECTS or HIDEOBJECTS command.
UNISOLATEOBJECTSUNISOLATEUNISOLATE objects previously hidden with the ISOLATEOBJECTS or HIDEOBJECTS command.
UNIONUNIUnions two solid or two region objects.
UNITSUNControls coordinate and angle display formats and precision.

V

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
VIEWVSaves and restores named views, camera views, layout views, and preset views.
VIEWGOVGORestores a named view.
VIEWPLAYVPLAYPlays the animation associated to a named view.
VISUALSTYLESVSMCreates and modifies visual styles and applies a visual style to a viewport.
VSCURRENTVSSets the visual style in the current viewport.

W

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
WBLOCKWWrites objects or a block to a new drawing file.
WEDGEWECreates a 3D solid wedge.

X

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
XATTACHXAInserts a DWG file as an external reference (xref).
XBINDXBBinds one or more definitions of named objects in an xref to the current drawing.
XCLIPXCCrops the display of a selected external reference or block reference to a specified boundary.
XLINEXLCreates a line of infinite length.
XREFXRStarts the EXTERNALREFERENCES command.

Z

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
ZOOMZIncreases or decreases the magnification of the view in the current viewport.

3

AutoCAD
Command
Command
Alias
Purpose
3DORBITORBITRotates the view in 3D space, but constrained to horizontal and vertical orbit only.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Drawing Modes

Keyboard ShortcutPurpose
F1Display Help
F2Toggle text screen
F3Toggle object snap mode
F5Toggle Isoplane
F7Toggle grid mode
F8Toggle ortho mode
F9Toggle snap mode
F10Toggle polar mode
F11Toggle object snap tracking
F12Toggle dynamic input mode

Manage Screen & Workflow

ShortcutPurpose
Ctrl+0Clean Screen
Ctrl+1Property Palette
Ctrl+2Design Centre Palette
Ctrl+3Tool Palette
Ctrl+4Sheet Set Palette
Ctrl+7Mark-up Set Manager Palette
Ctrl+8Quick Calc
Ctrl+9Command Line
Ctrl+CCopy object
Ctrl+XCut object
Ctrl+VPaste object
Ctrl+Shift+CCopy to clipboard with base point
Ctrl+Shift+VPaste data as block
Ctrl+Shift+LChange text into lower case
Ctrl+Shift+UChange text into upper case
Ctrl+ZUndo last action
Ctrl+YRedo last action
Ctrl+[ (or Ctrl+\)Cancel current command
EscCancel current command

General Features

Keyboard ShortcutPurpose
Ctrl+ECycle isometric planes
Ctrl+FToggle running object snaps
Ctrl+GToggle Grid
Ctrl+HToggle Pick Style
Ctrl+Shift+HToggle display palettes

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