As we always try to make the world a better place, we bring you the ultimate Autocad shortcuts. Maxwan a+u (the office where Thomas and I work at) are notorious in the Dutch architecture scene for efficiency. The shortcut scripts have been developed since 1992 and have spread around dutch offices using Autocad. Started for Autocad 10 (when you still had to type ‘LINE’ to start drawing one) by Paul Hogendijk and Rients Dijkstra at OMA the shortcuts are at the moment developed by Harm te Velde over the past years.
Shortcut file link: ftp://ftp.maxwan.nl/pub
PDF of the shortcut list link: Acad 2008 maxwan shortcuts
An Excel file is included which gives a clear overview of the customized shortcuts. This is a helpful cheat sheet for memorizing the new command-line functions.
– Install the “Express Tools” when installing Autocad!
– (quick ‘n dirty): Select all files and drag them to the “_local user AutoCAD profile” Windows Shortcut, overwriting any existing files.
– Extract the archive, add the path to the folder containing the shortcuts in the “Options > Files > Support File Search Path” and move it to the top of the list.
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Be aware, that the speed of using these shortcuts is also dependent on disciplined layer naming system. Using short, numerical layer names means that you can bullet through turning on and off layers, fill layers, block layers and so forth. For example, you can name all layers with solid fills as ” -s ” layers so that you can quickly turn off and on the solid fills in a drawing.
3 – 3D Orbit
Cc – Copy to layer
G – Get layer/color/linetype
Pb – Polyline build
Spl2Pl – convert spline to polyline
bo – boundary
h – hatch
sf – solidfill (select objects to fill with solid – without the menu)
bf – boundary fill (pick point version of previous)
OE – Off layer except selected
LNA – Layer On All
LOS – Layer Off All (with “s” as the last letter – for “solid fill” layers)
LP – Layer previous
LM – make layer
It will take some time to learn at the start, but then you can never look back.