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Switching layers using keyboard shortcuts.

A - answer If you want to quickly switch to frequently used layers in your AutoCAD drawings, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to the individual layers and switch them with a single button/key.

In the CUI dialog first create (see the "New command" icon") new commands (menu macros) in the form of:

  
'_-LAYER;_Set;mylayer1;;  
(replace "mylayer1" by your individual layer names)

Then assign keyboard accelerators to these newly created commands. In the section Keyboard shortcuts > Shortcut keys attach the required key combination ("accelerator", "hotkey"): first mouse-drag the command from the list of commands to the above mentioned section and then on the right side fill in the field Keys (good candidates for key combinations for a series of layers are e.g. Ctrl+NumPad0 to 9, Alt+NumPad0 to 9, Ctrl+Alt+NumPad0 to 9).

After you exit the CUI dialog you can quickly switch your layers from the keyboard, just by a simple key combination.

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8.10.2009    25590×  

See also:
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Tip 12117:The Ctrl+Shift+letter hotkeys do not work (e.g. Ctrl+Shift+C in AutoCAD)
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Tip 10402:How to easily repeat last command in Revit?
Tip 10299:Hide AutoCAD drawing objects with Ctrl+Alt+H.


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