How to Use the COpy Command in AutoCAD 2014

By Bill Fane, David Byrnes

The COpy command works almost identically to the Move command except that AutoCAD 2014 leaves the selected objects in place and makes new copies of them in the new location.

The COpy command creates multiple copies by default. If you want only one copy, press Enter after placing the copy in the drawing. Choosing mOde at the command prompt or the Dynamic Input options list lets you switch between making a single copy and multiple copies. If you mostly make multiple copies or mostly make single copies, you’ll appreciate being able to change the default setting.

The COpy command includes an Array option. In addition to plunking down copied objects just about anywhere, type A to choose the Array option and specify spacing for an evenly laid-out linear array. That’s good if you want only a single row of copies, but using the -ARray command is required to create rows and columns or circular patterns of copied objects.

The COpy command includes the Undo option, with which you can roll back multiple copies within a single COpy operation.

You can’t copy or move objects from one drawing to another by using the COpy command. Instead, you use the COPYCLIP or CUTCLIP commands together with their companion command, PASTECLIP.

COPYCLIP, CUTCLIP, and PASTECLIP use the Windows Clipboard to temporarily store drawing objects from one file so that they can be pasted into another file. The Clipboard panel on the Ribbon contains Cut, Copy, and Paste tools — the three standard Clipboard buttons you find in every Windows program.

As you’re figuring out where commands lurk on the AutoCAD 2014 Ribbon, the standard Windows keyboard shortcuts — Ctrl+X (cut), Ctrl+C (copy), and Ctrl+V (paste) — are still available and are often the most efficient ways of using the Windows Clipboard. Better yet, they even work within a single drawing or between drawings.

AutoCAD has a total of nine Windows Clipboard commands. COPYCLIP, CUTCLIP, and PASTECLIP are by far the most useful — and hence the most often used. Of the remaining commands, PASTEBLOCK (Ctrl+Shift+V) can sometimes be convenient. It pastes a previous Windows Clipboard selection as a block.