AutoCAD 2011’s Top Keyboard Shortcuts

Part of the AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Over AutoCAD’s 25-year existence, the one input method that’s remained constant is typing into the command line. Most experienced AutoCAD users find typing command aliases and entering Ctrl+key combinations to be the most efficient way of communicating with AutoCAD — and if you can find your way around a keyboard, you’ll probably find the same thing. The following table lists useful keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard Shortcut Command Purpose
Ctrl+S QSAVE Saves the drawing
Ctrl+O OPEN Displays the Select File dialog box
Ctrl+P PLOT Displays the Plot dialog box
Ctrl+Tab None Switches to the next open drawing
Ctrl+PgUp/Ctrl+PgDn None Switches to the previous/next tab in the current drawing
F1 HELP Displays AutoCAD’s Help in a Web browser window
F2 TEXTSCR Toggles the AutoCAD Text Window on and off
F3 OSNAP Toggles running object snap mode on and off
F7 GRID Toggles grid mode on and off
F8 ORTHO Toggles ortho mode on and off
F9 SNAP Toggles snap mode on and off
F10 POLAR Toggles polar mode on and off
F11 None Toggles object snap tracking on and off
F12 DYNMODE Toggles dynamic input mode on and off
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