Sunday, September 11, 2005

ACAD Platform - Shortcut keys

Hello gang and greetings from Bonita Springs, FL. This is a short trip and beautiful area, driving from the airport earlier with Charlie I got to see my first flamingo in the wild. =)

This post is for those new to using cad or the vertical products based on the AutoCAD platform. One of the best things you can do to speed up your work is to learn/understand how the command aliases (aka shortcut keys) work and how you can add/edit your own. This will allow you to modify the key combination used to invoke a command or external program.

The command aliases are stored in a file called "acad.pgp". For those using ADT the default path is found in the following location: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Autodesk\ADT 2006\enu\Support

If you are unsure of which acad.pgp file your cad session is using you can always type the following:

(findfile "acad.pgp")

Once typed this will return a path to where the command aliases are stored. Of course this only returns the path, if you wish to open the file try the following:

(startapp "notepad" (findfile "acad.pgp"))

Once you make a change you will need to either use the "reinit" command to reinitialize the pgp file or close your cad session and reopen.

Guru Note
The AutoCAD platform uses the first "acad.pgp" file it finds from the Options>>Support File Search Path to load into memory.

happy cadding...


Tracy Lincoln on 5:17 PM said...

Also one can use the Express Tool ALIASEDIT to edit the ACAD.PGP file.

Anonymous said...

You can also access it from the menu Tools --> Customize --> Edit Custom Files -->Program Parameters

Beau Turner on 11:58 AM said...

In ADT, for those using centralized .pgp files or in an alternate path other than the OOTB installation, these methods may not grab the correct one.

For ADT the use of the lisp command above or under the pulldown: Cad Manager>>Customize>>Edit Program Parameters will get around this issue.

Thanks for the follow-up Tracy and Kirt. :)

Anonymous said...

Ok, this article is now 3 years old =]. But it helped me a lot! GG


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