Subject: Customizing how suggestions display in the command bar

When you type in the command bar, CADdirect suggests names of matching com­mands as you type. The suggested names appear in an AutoComplete window that automatically opens when you type and closes when you activate a command.

Using AutoComplete is an efficient way to select commands, and it is also a conve­nient way to view a list of related commands. For example, if you type "LA" in the command bar to work with layers, all layer-related commands that begin with "LA" display in the AutoComplete window.

In addition to command names, suggestions can include names of external com­mands, system variables, aliases, and LISP functions. Each name displays with a col­ored icon that indicates its type:

   Red — CADdirect command

   Green — External command

   Yellow — System variable

   Blue — LISP function

To customize how suggestions display in the command bar

   1   Do one of the following to choose Options ():

   On the ribbon, choose the Application button then choose Options, or choose Tools > Options (in Manage).

   On the menu, choose Tools > Options.

   Type options and then press Enter.

   2   Click the Display tab.

   3   Mark the Enable AutoComplete check box to turn on automatic suggestions of names as you type in the command bar.

   4   Click AutoComplete Options.

Use a shortcut.
Type INPUTSEARCHOPTIONS and then press enter to access autocomplete options directly from the command bar.

   5   In AutoComplete Timeout, enter the number of milliseconds to wait between key­strokes before displaying the AutoComplete window. The higher the number, the longer the delay allowed between keystrokes (the AutoComplete window displays less frequently).

Fast typists usually increase the timeout setting.
If the AutoComplete window often conflicts with your typing in the command bar, try setting the number of milliseconds to 1,000 or more.

   6   In Minimum Length of Text, enter the number of letters to be typed in the com­mand bar before displaying the AutoComplete window.

   7   In Transparency, enter the percentage of transparency, between 0 and 50, in which to display the AutoComplete window. The higher the number, the more transpar­ent the window is. Enter zero for an opaque window.

   8   Determine how selection works:

   Mark Use Recent Commands to search for and automatically select a recently used command, when possible.

   Mark Show Suggestions in Command Line to pre-fill the command line with the name as you scroll the list. If turned off, the name does not pre-fill in the command line, however, you can still select the desired name in the AutoCom­plete window by clicking it or pressing CTRL + Enter.

   Mark Cycle Selection if you want to allow Arrow key scrolling from the end to beginning (and vice versa) in the list.

   Mark Mouse-Over Selection to allow selection by hovering the mouse, and not clicking it, over the desired name.

   9   Mark Show Command Icons to display icons, if available, for each command in the list.

   10   Mark Use Command Line Colors to display the AutoComplete window using the same background and text colors that are selected for the command bar. For more details about selecting command bar colors, see Setting colors of the main win­dow.

   11   Mark which items to include in the list of suggested names: aliases, external com­mands, system variables, and/or LISP functions. If selected, LISP functions dis­play when you enter a parenthesis, “(“, when first typing.

   12   Click OK.

   13   Click OK.

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