Subject: Using the command bar

The command bar is a dockable window in which you type CADdirect commands and view prompts and other program messages. By default the command bar displays the three most recent lines of prompts, but you can extend the window to display more lines. Move or resize the command bar by dragging it.

To display or hide the command bar

   On the ribbon, choose View > Command Bar (in Display).

   On the menu, choose View > Display > Command Bar.

   Type cmdbar, then choose Toggle.

   Press Ctrl+9.

Command bar display can also be affected by Clean Screen On/Off on the status bar.
To control whether the command bar is included when you click Clean Screen On/Off on the status bar, right-click the icon and mark or unmark Command Bar.

When the command bar is docked or floating, you can drag the top or bottom of the window to change the number of lines of text it displays. You can dock the command bar at the top, bottom, left, or right of the drawing. You can auto-hide and auto-dis­play the command bar in its current location by clicking its pin button.

When you type in the command bar, CADdirect suggests names of matching com­mands as you type. The suggested names appear in an AutoComplete window. Sim­ply select the desired command in the list. In addition to command names, suggestions can include names of external commands, system variables, aliases, and LISP functions.

To turn on AutoComplete for typing in the command bar

   1   Do one of the following:

   On the menu, choose View > Display > AutoComplete.

   Right-click the command bar and then choose AutoComplete.

   Type autocomplete, press Enter, then choose AutoComplete.

   Choose Tools > Options, click the Display tab, then mark Enable AutoComplete.

When turned on, the AutoComplete automatically displays when you type in the command bar, and then automatically closes when you activate a command.

For more details about customizing settings for the AutoComplete window, see Cus­tomizing how suggestions display in the command bar.

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